September 15, 2014

High waters

Water takes out dock at local livery

Kevin Drescher
The swollen Rifle River flows past were the Rifle River's Campground dock used to be. The river reached flood stage at six feet on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. It was predicted to reach six point two feet by early Monday, before the waters where expected to start to lowering. Campground manager Laurie Richardson said the water reached as high as the third cement step on the stairs.
Kevin Drescher
Parts of what used to be the Rifle River Campground's dock rest in the middle of the Rifle River on Monday. Campground manager Laurie Richardson said that it broke off late Sunday. The river reached flood stage at six feet on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. It was predicted to reach six point two feet by early Monday, before the waters where expected to start to lowering.
Kevin Drescher
Rifle River campground manager Laurie Richardson holds up a picture of the what the campgrounds dock used to look like. The dock was wiped out by flood waters. It used to stand right behind her. The river reached flood stage at 6 feet on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Kevin Drescher
Two canoeist canoe down the rifle river on Monday. The river reached flood stage at 6 feet on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Kevin Drescher
The swollen rifle River passes by Whites Canoe in Sterling. In middle of the water is what may be a dock underwater. The river reached flood stage at 6 feet on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Kevin Drescher
Pictured is the swollen rifle river passing underneath the Melita Road bridge, right outside of White's Canoe Livery in Sterling. The river reached flood stage at 6 feet on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
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Sterling — Waters on the Rifle River rose steadily over the weekend.

On Sunday evening the national weather service said that the Rifle River had reached it's flood stage level at six feet, and that it was expected to rise to six point two feet.

Rifle River Campground Manager Laurie Laurie Richardson said that the river was moving so fast that they lost their dock to the current.

"I’ve been here 45-years and we’ve never lost a dock," she said until the campgrounds dock floated away late Sunday night. "It rose a good six feet. I've never seen it rise so fast.”

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