River Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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FGUS85 KPUB 100102
702 PM MDT SAT JUL 9 2016

...Water levels are running high along the Lower Arkansas River at
Avondale...La Junta...

Heavy rain in southeast Colorado Thursday night and Friday swelled
river levels on the lower Arkansas River from downstream of Pueblo
to La Junta. Water levels have fallen at Avondale...and are
expected to climb slightly at La Junta until midnight Saturday night
...then fall through Sunday.

River levels are expected to remain within banks...but the high flows
will still be dangerous. Those participating in activities near the
water are advised to use extreme caution. Strong currents could
quickly become a safety hazard.

Following is the latest available information...

Arkansas River Near Avondale...
* At  6:15 PM Saturday the stage was 3.1 feet.
* Flood stage is 7.0 feet.
* No flooding is currently forecast.

Arkansas River At La Junta...
* At  6:15 PM Saturday the stage was 8.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 11.0 feet.
* No flooding is currently forecast.

High flows are not uncommon this time of year...but they still pose a
serious threat to persons in or near the water. Each year...high
flows result in mishaps that are sometimes fatal.

Stay away from the banks of rivers and streams. During high water...
saturated banks can easily break off and fall into potentially
deadly...fast flowing water.

Stay tuned to your National Weather Service in Pueblo for the latest
information. For the latest hydrologic forecasts and warnings...visit
the National Weather Service in Pueblo at weather.gov/pueblo. You can
link directly to the hydrology page by clicking on Rivers and Lakes
under the Hydrology section of the left hand menu bar.


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