Runoff news: The North Fork of the Gunnison River is at 4,070 cfs

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From the Delta County Independent (Hank Lohmeyer):

Other local streams are being affected also. Late last week, there was deep snowpack holding over two feet of water content at Park Reservoir, which flows into the Surface Creek drainage. On Monday, Bob Hurford, Division 4 water engineer, said, “Surface Creek has been flowing about 300 cfs, and a lot more is coming. That could go to 700 or 800 cfs very quickly.” The North Fork of the Gunnison River has had flows of 4,500 cfs already this year, Hurford said. Average flows this time of year are less than 2,000 cfs, he added.

The Uncompahgre River drainage is like others in the basin. “We expect well above 2,000 cfs flowing into Ridgway Reservoir this year,” Hurford said. Ridgway reservoir was standing at almost three-fourths full beginning this week. “All of the reservoirs in the Gunnison Basin (Taylor Park, Ridgway, Silverjack, Paonia, and Crawford) will fill this year,” said BuRec’s Crabtree. Gunnison Basin snowpack levels have averaged 125 percent of average with moisture content readings over 200 percent of average.

From The Greeley Tribune (Mike Peters):

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office placed a ban on all inflatable boats and tubes on the [Cache la Poudre River] until the waters recede. While kayakers and commercial rafting businesses are not affected by the ban, use of tubes and inflatable rafts could result in a $100 fine.

From the Aspen Daily News (Dorothy M. Atkins):

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released $600,000 in emergency funds to mitigate the flooding risk in Colorado. “The release of these emergency funds is a proactive way to be prepared to protect lives, property, and land and water resources as rivers across the state threaten to spill over their banks,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) in a press release.

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