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Flooding Knocks Out River Gauges

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LONGMONT, CO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Residents survey erosion along the St. Vrain River on September 13, 2013 in Longmont, Colorado. Heavy rains for the better part of week have fueled widespread flooding in numerous Colorado towns.  (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

LONGMONT, CO – SEPTEMBER 13: Residents survey erosion along the St. Vrain River on September 13, 2013 in Longmont, Colorado. Heavy rains for the better part of week have fueled widespread flooding in numerous Colorado towns. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

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DENVER (AP) - Colorado’s flooding has been described as biblical, but you can’t put that in the record books.

The official measure of how much water flowed down northern Colorado’s canyons into the South Platte River has been hampered a bit by river gauges that have been swamped by all the water or swept away.

Bob Kimbrough, a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, says crews will have to measure high water marks in those areas to get the official measurements.

The agency expects to release its findings on the magnitude of the flooding for a few weeks.

Crews attempted to install a replacement gauge in the St. Vrain River near Longmont on Tuesday but the water was still flowing too high.

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