Colorado River Safety Warning Issued
High water levels and their dangers are expected to continue for some time.
What a difference a year makes. This time last year the Colorado River and it's tributaries were at near record seasonal low levels. Now with Colorado's historic snowpack, high and fast-moving water is the issue. Currently, there's no threat of flooding, however with Memorial Day weekend just over a couple of weeks away more people will be taking to Colorado rivers.
The combination of the heavy snow and a slow runoff will have rivers running high well into summer. Because of the heavy flow emergency personnel is warning people who plan to fish, float, raft, or kayak to use extra caution when on or around the water. Besides the fast-moving water, there's the extra-cold water temp, rocks, possible floating debris, and dangerous currents. Sadly, several people are killed annually on Colorado rivers. The risk is real and people should always wear the proper safety equipment including a life vest, helmet, a wet suit, and other protective gear when on the river.
A reminder too, only use sections of the river that match your skill level. Before departure let someone know when and where you're going and when you're expected to return. Mesa County Sheriff's Office says to enjoy the river sober, and never raft or kayak alone. For more information and safety tips find out more on the Colorado Parks & Wildlife site by clicking HERE.
Credit: Western Slope Now