OURAY COUNTY Runoff on the rise

Runoff waters filled the "swimming hole" on the Uncompahgre River in Ridgway to its banks on May 23.

Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje

Recent high temperatures and warm nights mean peak runoff flows on the Uncompahgre River will be arriving soon.

A season high flow of 732 cubic feet per second was recorded at 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, at the United States Geological Survey streamflow gage on the Uncompahgre River near Ridgway.
National Weather Service hydrologist Aldis Strautins explained that the pattern of warm days and nights experienced in Ouray County in the past week would likely continue in the coming week.
Strautins said the upcoming possibility for thunderstorms could also contribute to increased runoff conditions in the region, although the location of such storms is difficult to predict.

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