Growing runoff prompts warning
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY ” Local officials are warning that high stream flows the next few weeks could be hazardous for children and pets.
“We have a pretty big snowpack for this time of May,” said Summit County emergency services coordinator Joel Cochran. “Streams are going to come up and get really swift in the next few weeks.”
Even small streams that usually run only with a trickle can be dangerous to kids, Cochran said, urging people to keep an eye on their pets as well.
“Water has a lot of kinetic energy. Just three to five inches of moving water can tumble an adult,” he said.
Each year during runoff season, a couple of dogs are stranded or swept away by a river, Cochran said, pinpointing Tenmile Creek through Frisco as a potential trouble spot.
Boaters should also be aware of possible debris in local streams such as downed trees, especially as the Lower Blue becomes suitable for river runners.
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