Jun 8, 2010 2:42 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Water rising rapidly in Colorado

Coloradans are continuing to keep a nervous eye on rising rivers as a late spring heat wave melts snow quickly, swelling waterways, wiping out bridges and flooding some homes.

The high water has prompted some rafting companies to halt guided trips.

In Estes Park, hundreds of sandbags were handed out Monday to hold back the rising Big Thompson River.

High waters were blamed for the weekend death of 48-year-old William Spang of Aspen, who drowned when his raft capsized in the swollen Eagle River.

Officials worried about a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, which would worsen the flooding.


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