May 26, 2011 12:07 PM by Greg Boyce

Grand Junction area prepares for flooding

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A slow melting snowpack that is the largest in more than a decade has Mesa County officials preparing for flooding.

Authorities are also warning novice river runners to stay off the water. A report by the Colorado River Basin Forecast Center predicts the chances that the river will flood at Cameo in De Beque Canyon at 90 percent, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. County emergency manager Andy Martsolf says the county hasn't seen potential flooding like this in many years.

The snowpack statewide was 135 percent of average on May 1, the highest since 1995. The snowpack in the Colorado River basin climbed to 151 percent of average, the highest since 1993, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.




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