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Fremont County warns of high water danger at Arkansas River

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Fremont County Search and Rescue has issued a warning about dangerously strong currents in the Arkansas River.

Fremont SAR says on their Facebook page that the water is now at a level that makes it very difficult for crews to safely put boats in the water for rescues, and that any rescue attempts must be made from the shore.

They're advising everyone to be extremely careful when on or near the river. Even just putting your feet in the water could be dangerous with such a strong current. 

Rafting and kayaking are still technically allowed, but proper gear and life vests are vital. Pueblo Fire Department had to rescue three people who were ejected from a raft on the river just last week, and none of them were wearing life vests.

The Arkansas River over near Moffat Street is flowing from the Pueblo Reservoir at 3,000 feet per second, which is an extremely high amount of water in a very short amount of time. Along with runoff from the mountains and a very wet spring, the Pueblo Dam has started releasing more water downstream.

If you go near the river at places like Centennial Park or Raynolds Bridge, use extreme caution, especially with kids who may not understand the danger. 

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