Arkansas River continues to run high — The Pueblo Chieftain

Arkansas River at Avondale gage (USGS) May 1 thru May 24, 2015
Arkansas River at Avondale gage (USGS) May 1 thru May 24, 2015

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Flood stage is considered 6,000 cubic feet per second, or the effect of 6,000 basketballs tumbling past any given point at the same time.

Releases from Pueblo Dam are cut during floods and the water stored, then released as soon as practically possible. During rains earlier this month about 4,000 acre-feet (1.3 billion gallons) was stored, then released. In last week’s storms, 12,000 acre-feet was stored and was being released Thursday.

Those releases were cut back slightly Friday as Avondale pushed above 6,000 cfs again.

The Arkansas River through Pueblo and Fountain Creek were contributing evenly to the flow, about 3,000 cfs each.

Upstream of Lake Pueblo, flows at Wellsville, just east of Salida, have not reached normal levels for this time of year, because cooler temperatures are delaying runoff.

But heavy rains in Fremont County have swollen gauges there for the past two weeks.

The Huerfano and Purgatoire rivers east of Pueblo have been running well above average for the last week.

Downstream of Pueblo, the Arkansas River continues to run high, as most large irrigation canals are not taking water. At Las Animas, the river measured close to 5,000 cfs Saturday.

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