Local: Rain boosts river flows | SteamboatToday.com

Local: Rain boosts river flows

— The nearly two-tenths of an inch of rain that fell Monday was enough to bump flows in the Yampa River at Steamboat Springs up to historical averages for the first day of August.

The Yampa where it flows beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in Steamboat was flowing at 169 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning. That was right on the median level for the date based on 96 years of record.

The Yampa had slipped below its median flow to about 140 cfs on Sunday and Monday.

The Elk River at its confluence with the Yampa west of Steamboat was also flowing at historical norms — about 190 cfs Tuesday morning.

The upturn in the Yampa means conditions are good for tubing later this week.

To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com.

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