River Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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FGUS85 KPUB 081853
1253 PM MDT FRI JUL 8 2016

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

Heavy rain in southeast Colorado Thursday night and Friday morning has
entered the lower Arkansas River basin. The Arkansas at Avondale will
rise Friday afternoon...then fall below action stage after midnight.
The Arkansas at La Junta will rise to action stage Sunday July 10.

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 12:15 PM Friday the stage was 5.9 feet.
* Flood stage is 7.0 feet.
* No flooding is currently forecast.

Arkansas River At La Junta...
* At 12:15 PM Friday the stage was 7.7 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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