Water level, danger high in rivers

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Search and Rescue was called to The Colorado River, in the area of the Redlands Parkway bridge Sunday morning.

Someone thought they saw a body in the water, but it turned out to be a false alarm. River danger, in the high runoff season, is definitely not a false alarm.

"Always have your life jacket, our number one priority is, have your life jacket and tell someone where you're going," said Nathan Smithgall, Search and Rescue Swiftwater Team.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s office, and search and rescue are stressing the importance of river safety.

"If you go in an inner tube without a life vest, chances are you might not make it out of the river," said Megan Terlecky, Mesa County Sheriff’s office.

Having the right equipment is a way to stay safe as well. Waterways are full of debris, again because of the high runoff, that can destroy inner tubes.

A few sections of the River Trail are closed because of the high water levels. One section near the Redlands Parkway Boat Ramp detours out to the sidewalk by the parkway, until you get past Glacier Ice Arena, if you’re headed north.

Another spot, on the new Kokopelli section connecting Fruita and Loma, is closed as water has flooded the trail. Fruita Parks and Recreation say they plan for a few closures here and there, but this one is longer because of the intense runoff season.

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