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Danger of rushing water across Colorado following heavy rain


DENVER — Officials are warning people to be careful on Colorado's creeks and rivers because of recent heavy rains.

Sue Hartley with the U.S. Geological Survey says the rainfall has created some of the highest water levels since 1995 in many creeks and rivers.

According to KUSA-TV (, Clear Creek was rushing at roughly 2,000 cubic feet per second on Friday. Hartley says that's enough to fill an Olympic-size pool in 45 seconds.

Hartley says many people lack experience with fast water. She says inexperience combined with rushing water and debris creates dangerous conditions.

Rainfall caused water levels to rise, but experts are now focusing on snowmelt, which Hartley says could bump up rivers and creeks this weekend.

Information from: KUSA-TV,

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