Runoff news: Cache la Poudre surging

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Here’s the link the the USGS Water Watch map for Colorado for your surfing pleasure.

From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Trevor Hughes):

In a week, the river level at the Poudre Canyon has jumped from about 300 cubic feet per second to a peak of about 1,600 cfs, driven by fast-melting snow and recent rains. Based on 127 years of historical data from the Colorado Division of Water Resources, the river averages about 1,200 cfs this time of year.

From the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dave Buchanan):

Water flow data from the U.S. Geological Service shows the Gunnison dropping faster than the Rockies’ playoff hopes. Flows that climbed as high as 5,400 cfs a week ago from Crystal Dam have fallen to 1,890 cfs by mid-afternoon Friday, with more reductions on the way.

From the Loveland Reporter Herald (Jon Pilsner):

The water in the Big Thompson in Loveland was flowing at an average of 373 cubic feet per second, said Kevin Johnston with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management team. Normally this time of the year, the average is close to 100 cfs, Johnston said. Kara Lamb with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said water levels on the river below Olympus Dam east of Estes Park were as high as 250 cubic feet per second, but they will drop to about 175 this weekend…

Carter Lake is about full and will remain so over the weekend, according to numbers provided by Lamb. The water at Horsetooth Reservoir is a foot higher than it was at this time a year ago, and it will continue to climb this weekend, Lamb said.

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