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.
In light of the dangerous high waters, Jefferson and Douglas counties are closing the South Platte River.
With more rain in the forecast Denver Water says they’re monitoring water levels, but they’re actually in a good spot.
Social issues and the weather found center stage in the first half of 2014 in Colorado, with legal pot and not-so-legal gay marriage claiming the headlines.
It’s been a deadly couple of weeks on both Clear Creek and the Cache La Poudre River, and until Saturday there hadn’t been a death on a commercial rafting trip in Colorado since 2011.
Three deaths in two weeks and Colorado rivers rushing at record levels have put a premium on safety for kayaking and rafting enthusiasts this spring.
As the snowpack in the mountains begins to melt Colorado rafting companies report a good season so far.
Water isn’t the only thing flowing in Colorado right now — all the melting means more cash flow for one Colorado industry.
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Summer is upon us and Denver locals are fortunate to have some of the top rafting venues in the state within only a couple hours’ drive.