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High River Waters Flood Deerlodge Area

Dinosaur National Monument

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Due to runoff from the higher than average snowpack in the Rocky Mountains this year, the Yampa River has been experiencing flooding along its entire length. The campground, boat ramp, pump house and parking lot at Deerlodge have flooded several times, and rafters have been forced to launch off the campground entrance road and from picnic tables. Some river camps have been affected, and monitoring continues at Echo Park and Green River campgrounds, where some campsites are threatened by rising water. The park has also developed an emergency plan to evacuate river rafters if necessary. The weather continues to be cold and rainy, with overnight temperatures dipping into the 30s. Several groups have cancelled their trips after arriving at Deerlodge and looking at conditions. Warm Springs Rapid has become extremely challenging, and river rangers have spent hours both guiding rafting parties through it and providing a downstream safety net. Forecasts are calling for the river to remain high. Videos of rafts flipping in Warm Springs have turned up on YouTube (search for “Yampa River, Warm Springs”).



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