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☷ Steamboat Springs Colorado - Warm Temperatures Bring High Flows to Yampa Elk Rivers 09 June 2022
Steamboat Springs , state Colorado ( By Press Release office)
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS , COLORADO - June 9 , 2021 -
With spring runoff surging along , and now warmer weather approaching , river levels anticipated to swell for the Yampa and Elk Rivers , creating potentially hazardous conditions .
The National Weather Service says the Elk and Yampa Rivers are experiencing high volume and flow rates due to rapid snow melt with warmer weather . The Elk River is expected to be at 5000 cubic feet per second ( cfs ) today and Friday , but then should taper off pending any rain/showers . In addition , areas along the Yampa are spilling over banks in areas with minor flooding at the confluence with the Elk River . Fire danger increases Sunday and Monday ahead of an approaching Pacific storm system .
Public safety agencies are urging residents and guests to exercise extra caution around fast - moving streams and rivers , especially during the spring runoff season , which is showing increased signs of strengthening with warmer temperatures and continued rapid melt off .
It ' s easy to be complacent around the Yampa River and our other water bodies because there is so much recreation on them , ” said Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Doug Shaffer . “In the springtime , the high water and cold - water temperatures poses significant risks . ”
The Yampa River is one of Steamboat Springs’ popular recreation locations . Rafters , kayakers , and SUPers should always wear a Personal Flotation Device ( PFD ) and practice river safety . Recreational tubers should follow the same guidelines and wait until flows drop below 700 cfs before venturing into the river .
In addition , bridges such as the railroad bridge ( behind the Flower Mill ) , 5
Street Bridge and the ones downriver near Steamboat II and the Steamboat Golf Club bring additional hazards and low clearance issues . When flows exceed 2 , 400 cfs , traveling under these bridges is not recommended .
If you lose a watercraft on the river , let public safety responders know you’re okay . Each year numerous calls of concern are received when an empty craft is seen floating downriver . If you do lose your kayak/SUP/raft , call the non - emergency dispatch number 970 . 879 . 1144 with the location and description of your vessel . First , dispatch will be happy to know you’re okay; and , that there’s no cause for emergency services to respond .
The following tips should always be adhered to , so you ensure a fun and safe season on the Yampa River , Elk River , lakes , and reservoirs .
Never Boat/Kayak/Raft/SUP/Tube/Swim Alone
Wear A Personal Flotation Device ( PFD )
Be Prepared For Extremes In Weather
Never Mix Alcohol and River Use
Watch Out For Your Dog & Use Caution along Water Edge
Carry A First Aid Kit And Know How To Use It .
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue is trained in swift water rescue and ready to respond; however , the best deterrent to requiring their assistance is individual responsibility , river awareness , safety knowledge and common - sense . Please be safe as we all enjoy the Yampa River and local waterways .
Doug Shaffer Fire Marshal , 970 . 879 . 7170 or
Sherry Burlingame , Police Chief , 970 . 879 . 4344 or
Angela Cosby , Parks & Recreation Director , 970 . 879 . or
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