Colo. river flows prompt warnings from safety experts
River flows are increasing as warm weather melts snow in the high country.
In northern Colorado, the Cache la Poudre River was running at 1,874 cubic feet per second Friday, well above the 128-year average discharge for that date of about 1,500 cfs.
Dave Dennis of the Larimer County Dive Rescue Team says team members are on standby for rescues, with Memorial Day weekend under way. He says the extremely cold temperatures of rivers filled with melting snow will make it even more important to wear life jackets to keep afloat.
In Aspen, Aspen Skiing Co. crews have been keeping drainage ditches clear of debris to prevent flooding from the mountain runoff, and business owners are keeping an eye on culverts that could become clogged.