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Heavy rain boosts Roaring Fork River in Aspen to flood stage

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Heavy rain Tuesday night boosted the Roaring Fork River in Aspen toflood stage. Minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas. 

Flows in the Aspen stretch of the Roaring Fork were nearly four times the typical amount Wednesday morning. Pitkin County Sheriff Joe Disalvo says people with homes in a floodplain should be prepared to sandbag and self-rescue if waters get too high.

"I’m hoping it’s not going to get that dire that quickly. It’s probably going to be a slow-moving process for some of these at risk areas, which are currently not at risk but may be.”

He recommends people stay 25 feet away from high-flowing rivers. Emergency officials were out last weekend educating recreationalists and may do it again this weekend. Forecasted high temperatures this week could boost the rivers even more.