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Roaring Fork ready to rise

Staff report

The Roaring Fork River will live up to its name this week.

Twin Lakes Reservoir, located on the east side of Independence Pass, will reach capacity Wednesday, causing a reduction in transbasin diversions starting today, the city said in a statement.

On Sunday night, the Roaring Fork River above Aspen saw an overnight peak of 750 cubic feet per second, compared to 600 cfs last week. The river will approach upward of 1,000 cfs above Aspen for the next week, the city said.

The river peaked at about 1,440 cfs around this time last year. The flow rate of the river increases moving downstream as such tributaries as Castle and Maroon creeks contribute more flow.

“Property owners along the (Roaring Fork River) and recreationalists using the river and adjacent trails should take appropriate precautions,” the city said.

For more details, call the city’s Clean River program manager April Long at 970-920-5080.

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