River Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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Hydrologic Statement
National Weather Service Pueblo Co
205 PM MDT Mon Jul 31 2017

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

Increased releases from Pueblo Reservoir are causing significant
rises on the Arkansas River downstream of the dam. No flooding is expected. Near Avondale and La Junta these rises may approach
Action Stage.

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. Any additional rainfall may create higher flows and more dangerous conditions.

Following is the latest available information...

Arkansas River Near Avondale...
* At  1:45 PM Monday the stage was 5.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 7.0 feet.
* No flooding is currently forecast.

Arkansas River At La Junta...
* At  1:15 PM Monday 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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