Jul 16, 2014 7:32 PM by Leah Kraus

Arkansas River levels receding in La Junta

The Arkansas River rose nearly two feet above flood stage in La Junta Wednesday morning making a scary situation for locals. By the time News 5 arrived in the afternoon it had already started receding.

La Junta Fire Captain Joey Gacnick says heavy rain showers as well as drainage and runoff emptying into the Arkansas River caused the mess.

He says people should make sure they're in the reverse 911 system so they can be notified in the event of a flood. Having sandbags ready in the case of an emergency is also a good idea.

Gacnick says even in a drought year it's important to always take flooding seriously.



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