#Runoff news: The Cucharas River is swollen with rain and snowmelt

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Anthony A. Mestas)

Sandbags were delivered to the [Town of La Veta] Tuesday, and emergency crews worked all night to keep bridges clear of debris, said Larry Sanders, emergency manager for Huerfano County. The level of the river is between 70 and 80 percent of capacity, and more rain is expected Wednesday, he said.

Sanders deferred to La Veta Mayor Doug Brgoch for information relating to evacuation plans should the situation worsen. Brgoch was unavailable for comment, however, as he was out of the office assisting with sandbag efforts.

Sanders said the latest figures he has indicated the river was running at 220 cubic feet per second; the normal reading is less than 20 cfs.

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