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Ahhh… springtime in Colorado.

A month ahead of FIBArk 2022 and snow melt on the Arkansas is raising water levels and flow rates. The question is: with fires in New Mexico adding dust to the atmosphere, recurring high winds and little or no new moisture to speak of, how long will it last?

Arkansas Riverwalk flooding downstream of F Street bridge, near D Street on May 17, 2022. Merrell Bergin photo

Warm weather continues with the high forecast in Salida set to be in the low 80s today and Thursday, dropping to the mid 60’s Friday with long-overdue rain predicted through the weekend. Higher elevations may even see some snow.

Even frost warnings are up for Friday and Saturday night.  Yesterday (May 17) saw water rising over a small section of the Salida Riverwalk, but levels and flooding locations change frequently.

Annual CleanUp Green Up

All eyes are also on the river this Saturday as the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) will host the 31st Annual Clean Up Green Up on Saturday, May 21, in tandem with Colorado Public Lands Day. Given the fickleness of the weather, dressing in layers will likely be the order of the day.

Salida Public Works pressure washing F Street sidewalks ahead of the busy summer season. Merrell Bergin photo

Meanwhile, a Salida Public Works crew was out early today, Wed. May 18 scrubbing away traces of winter on the sidewalks and trash containers downtown.

Nearly four blocks of F St. will be closed to vehicles in order to create a pedestrian plaza for the summer tourist season. The closure is set for May 25.

The sprucing up is also early preparation for the kickoff of FIBArk on June 16.

Featured image: A few brave souls without wetsuits bared the waters at the boat ramp near the Salida SteamPlant on May 16, 2022.  Merrell Bergin photo