Runoff news: Officials warning of possible localized flooding on the Colorado River

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From the Associated Press via Fox31:

A report by the Colorado River Basin Forecast Center predicts the chances that the river will flood at Cameo in De Beque Canyon at 90 percent, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

From (Matt Vanderveer):

River levels are high and continue to rise and some parts of the Western Slope are still covered with more than 16 feet of snow; and a spate of warm temperatures in June could send water over the banks…

“Plateau Valley communities up on the Grand Mesa; also in the valleys there has been some concern with Rosevale Road,” says [Mesa County Emergency Manager Andy Martsolf]. The County has already started putting up barricades and sandbags in those areas. [Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey] hopes some future celebrations here in Mesa County won’t be affected by flooding…

If you live in low level areas near Plateau Creek, the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers and haven’t already started a planning process for evacuation or how you’re going to protect your property, the Sheriffs Office urges you to start now.

From (Tami Brehse):

Right now the river [Colorado River at Grand Junction] is at about nine feet. It peaked at 14 feet back in 1984, causing serious flooding…

Most predictions say the river is going to fill the banks the first week of June. Peak levels are expected sometime at the end of next month. Snowpack is currently 243% of average.

From the Associated Press via The Denver Post:

The state’s spring runoff normally begins in early to mid-May and peaks by the second week of June, but some parts of the high country are still buried by up to 16 feet of snow. National Weather Service hydrologist Treste Huse said a spate of warm temperatures in June could send water over the banks of many rivers and streams in the week ahead. To help residents and others monitor flooding, the U.S. Geological Survey has established its WaterAlert system, which allows those who sign up to set parameters for specific rivers and receive an alert by text or e-mail when the waterway passes that threshold. The site is at […]

Colorado’s statewide snowpack today is at 232 percent, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Snowpack is even higher in the mountains — 261 percent in the Colorado River basin. Meanwhile, runoff is still running late. The Arkansas River near Leadville was running at just 31 percent of normal today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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