Runoff/precipitation news: A beautiful rain up and down eastern Colorado

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Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for a screen shot of the rainfall out of yesterday’s end of spring rainstorm in the Denver Metro area from the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. Rainfall near Gulch Manor (Little Dry Creek at 64th) was nearly an inch.

Pueblo County received good moisture as well, ending 26 days without precipitation. Here’s a report from Gayle Perez writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

The National Weather Service reported approximately 0.94 of an inch of rain fell at the Pueblo Memorial Airport by Monday afternoon from a storm that brought much-needed moisture to the region. The last time Pueblo had any measurable precipitation was May 24. That’s when 0.04 of an inch of rain was reported at the airport. A trace of rain was reported June 1 and again June 17…

North of Pueblo there was 0.80 inches of rain reported, while 0.60 was reported in University Park and 0.38 inches in Pueblo West, according to weather spotters.

Here’s the link to the precipitation reports from the Community Cooperative Rain Hail and Snow Network.

More coverage from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

“We’ve had anywhere from 0.8 to 1.5 inches along the ditch,” said Manny Torrez, superintendent of the Fort Lyon Canal, which stretches 113 miles from La Junta to Lamar. “It’s the first big rain we’ve had since last July over such a big area.” Coupled with the third week of a big runoff in the Arkansas River as snow melts — levels have been above 3,000 cubic feet per second at Avondale — the rain is a welcome relief…

On the High Line Canal, which irrigates farms in Pueblo and Otero counties, rain measured 1-2 inches Monday, helping to offset dry conditions, said Superintendent Dan Henrichs…

The call on the Arkansas River was at the Colorado Canal’s 1890 appropriation date on Monday, a relatively junior water right, and releases from Pueblo Dam were increased to reflect more water coming into the system upstream. Flows in the Arkansas River at Parkdale still are hovering around 3,500 cfs, where they have been for the past two weeks. High-water advisories for Pine Creek, the Numbers and the Royal Gorge continued this week for rafters in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area…

“We got 2 inches of new snow last night,” said Roy Vaughan, the Bureau of Reclamation’s manager for the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. “There is still a lot of snow on both sides in the deep valleys and on the northern slopes. There is still quite a bit up there.” So far, the Fry-Ark Project has brought more than 39,200 acre-feet of water across the Continental Divide, about 40 percent of what is ultimately expected this year.

From 9News.com (Brooke Thacker):

[Monday] Sections of the Cherry Creek bike path in downtown Denver are closed off due to high water. The Creek is swollen with water and is overflowing onto its banks in places. On Monday morning, the City of Denver sent out crews to clear debris out of drains such as trash, branches and tree limbs.

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Much of the rainfall in the Denver Metro area runs off into the storm sewer system and ends up in the South Platte River. Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for a hydrograph of the the South Platte at Denver gage from the Colorado Division of Water Resources.

From The Greeley Tribune:

Because of recent heavy rains, the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Poudre River in the Greeley area and South Platte River near Kersey. The advisory is in effect until Wednesday afternoon for the South Platte and Saturday afternoon for the Poudre.

From the Associated Press via The Denver Post:

The National Weather Service is warning of minor flooding after advisories were issued for rivers in northern and central Colorado. The flood advisories were issued for the Cache La Poudre, South Platte, the Colorado, the North Platte, Eagle and Elk rivers.

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