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High water in Aspen’s forecast

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Rising temperatures in western Colorado this week will create higher water levels in rivers and streams, according to the National Weather Service.

The Roaring Fork River at Aspen is expected to peak for the week on Friday, according to an e-mail sent from the weather service’s Grand Junction office to Pitkin County Emergency Management Coordinator Ellen Anderson.

The river reached a peak of 2.9 feet near Aspen last week, said Jim Pringle of the weather service. The “bankfull” level at that location is 4.0 feet and flood stage is 5.0 feet. In this next episode of warmer weather, the peak will be about 3.27 feet on Friday, then drop a bit because of cooler weather, according to the weather service. The next surge will send the river to 3.72 feet on Tuesday, June 3.

“What happens after that is simply a guess at this time,” Pringle wrote to Anderson.

The Crystal River is forecast to inch even closer to flood stage. The bankfull level near Redstone is 3.0 feet and the flood stage is 5.0 feet.

“Although it is presently just below bankfull, it is expected to reach bankfull early Wednesday morning, within a few hours after midnight,” Pringle said. “Based on the current model temperature forecasts, the Crystal River is expected to continue rising ” except for the brief lowering on Saturday ” and then reach a peak stage of 4.8 feet on Friday, June 6.