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Jun 3, 2014 2:45 PM by Elaine Sheridan

"Big Sur" wave appears on Colorado River

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - The abundant spring runoff is creating a wave known as "Big Sur" in the Colorado River, drawing kayakers and paddle boarders to DeBeque Canyon.

The wave develops when water flows over a submerged bridge reach at least 20,000 cubic feet per second. Flows have been reaching around 26,000 cubic feet this week.

People in the water have to keep an eye out for debris floating down the roaring river, including entire cottonwood trees and telephone poles.

The last time the wave appeared was in 2011.

Photo by Dean Humphrey/Grand Junction Sentinel

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