Flood advisory in effect for the Colorado River

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for two different locations on the Colorado River in Mesa County, as rising temperatures and forecasted rain could push the already swollen river above bankfull in the next few days.

The advisory goes into effect at noon Thursday for the river near Cameo and at 6 p.m. Thursday for the river near the Colorado-Utah state line.

“Recent warm temperatures have increased snowmelt, causing the increase in flows in the Colorado River,” the National Weather Service wrote on its website. “River levels will reach near or above bankfull within the next day from De Beque to Westwater Canyon, including Grand Junction. The river will continue to increase through the weekend.”

Forecasters say the river on Wednesday afternoon was at 10.9 feet near Cameo and 10.5 feet near the state line. Bankfull stage is 12 feet at both Cameo and the state line, while flood stage is 12.5 feet at Cameo and 15 feet at the state line. The river is expected to rise to near 12 feet late Thursday night at Cameo, then exceed bankfull Sunday night. It’s expected to rise to near 12 feet late Thursday night at the state line, then to near 12.8 feet late Monday morning.


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