Rapidly melting snow and heavy spring rains are sending Colorado’s rivers tumbling out of the mountains, so far claiming the lives of at least 11 people and forcing some whitewater rafting companies to seek out calmer rapids and stock extra safety gear.
Swift water in Colorado claimed three lives over the weekend in Colorado, with one man still missing. Authorities are urging everyone to stay out of rushing rivers and creeks.
With water levels temporarily lowered on the South Platte River, searchers are once again looking for a missing tuber near Sheridan.
Portions of the Arkansas River in Pueblo County are now closed to tubing and swimming following the death of a 23-year-old tuber.
A man drowned following a tubing accident on the Arkansas River near Pueblo on Sunday, and a search has been called off for a man missing after falling off his inner tube in rapids on the South Platte River.
All the rain is affecting a popular whitewater festival in Chaffee County. At least one event at the FIBArk Festival has been canceled while others could be moved to new locations.
Boulder Creek is closed to tubing and swimming because of high, swift water from recent rain and the spring melt off.
Recreation bans and flood warnings have been issued for several Colorado rivers and streams because high water made it too dangerous for swimmers, people on inner tubes and rescuers.
After a massive search that combined crews from six agencies scouring the Arkansas River, the body of a juvenile boy was recovered from the rapids near where an 11-year-old from Golden went missing Wednesday.
Search crews from six different agencies were back out on the Arkansas River on Friday searching for an 11-year-old boy who fell out of a raft.