Colorado rafters rejoice at river swollen by snowmelt, rain
FORT COLLINS, Colorado ” Fast-melting snow and recent rains have rescuers warning Cache la Poudre River users to be careful over the holiday weekend.
In a week, the river level at the Poudre Canyon has jumped from about 300 cubic feet per second to a peak of about 1,600 cfs.
Larimer County Dive Rescue Team President Justin Fox says the river usually doesn’t run that fast until later in the season.
The river has been averaging about 1,200 cfs this time of year, according to data from the Colorado Division of Water Resources.
Rafting companies say it’s a good time for rafting, but emergency responders are urging tubers to use caution.
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