Runoff news: Elk River expected to peak (again) Thursday

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From Steamboat Today (Scott Franz):

The National Weather Service is predicting that the higher temperatures forecast for Steamboat Springs this week will cause rivers to rise again, bringing the Elk River near Milner above flood stage during its peak later in the week. The Elk was running at just under its flood stage of 7.5 feet at about noon Sunday, and it briefly rose above it to 7.64 feet early Saturday. Hydrologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association have forecast the river to peak at about 8 feet early Thursday. Their forecast is weather dependent and is not as dependable as a short-term prediction…

Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said Sunday that rivers and streams in the area should flow steadily around their current levels this week until they begin a slow, gradual decline heading into July. The Elk was flowing at 5,370 cubic feet per second Sunday afternoon, well below its peak of 7,000 cfs a couple of weeks ago. However, hydrologists at the National Weather Service are forecasting that the flow could increase to 7,810 cfs briefly when the river is forecast to reach a peak of 8 feet early Friday near Milner. After that, the Elk and the Yampa are expected to gradually recede…

He said the Yampa is peaking between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. and isn’t expected to rise above its action stage of 7 feet this week. The river is forecast to peak in Steamboat at 6.6 feet at about midnight Thursday…

The continued elevated river flows of the Yampa in town caused the Routt County Sheriff’s Office to forbid recreational floating in single-chamber inflatable boats — which includes inner tubes — until July.

From The Greeley Tribune:

The flood advisory for the Poudre River issued by the National Weather Service in Denver remains in effect as water levels rise. The advisory notes that temperatures will climb above seasonal norms, prompting very high flows on the Poudre through next week. A flow between 3,500 and 4,500 cubic feet per second in Greeley could cause flooding in some areas. Last year’s flooding topped out at 4,770 cfs. Greeley’s river depths hit just over 7.5 feet this morning [June 25] with the river topping out at 1,880 cfs at 7:30 a.m.

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From the Canyon Courier (Vicky Gits):

Despite statewide reports of snowpack levels well above average for 2011, the Upper Bear Creek Watershed is flowing at about half of average this year due to an unfavorable snow pattern that affected the east slope of Mount Evans. “We have never, ever been this out of whack with the rest of the state before,” said Gerry Schulte, general manager of the Evergreen Metro District for 29 years.

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