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Old 08-02-2010   #121
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any update?

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Old 08-02-2010   #122
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Arkansas River Flow Reduction 8/2-8/3

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Old 08-02-2010   #123
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Haven't heard anything from the folks on AHRA, and they've been passing along the info. I'll double check.
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Old 08-02-2010   #124
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Thanks okieboater and AHRA. Hopefully we'll have her soon.

My first trip on the Arkansas this year was the day of Kim's memorial. Pulled out after the Numbers (still have never rafted Frog Rock section, no desire to). My buddy did an excellent job guiding, fun, safe, some great surf sessions. Lots of silent reflection for me. Kim undoubtedly lived her life but attempting to console Kim's parents, her sister, her brother, was very difficult. I wish them the best.
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Old 08-02-2010   #125
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An unusual blowout at Cloyses Lake drainage has made the upper Ark quite turbid. Clear Creek Reservoir is clear, but suspended particulate from above the res is sinking to the bottom, going out the outflow and making the river milky. That plus the monsoonal deluges form the past few days has nullified any effect a flow reduction might have to access the Frog Rock boulder sieve. Another recovery attempt is "penciled in" for Aug 18 after the flow augmentation program is over (WaterFlow Levels) and (we hope) the monsoon has run its course.
My heart goes out to the family who must endure this agony before there is some closure.
BTW, 13 people were "rescued" from Cloyses Lake road today because their vehicles were uphill (and South) of two major mudslides that made the road impassible. At least 9 others are still up there with plenty of food and booze.
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Old 08-02-2010   #126
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Thanks @zipbak for the update.
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Old 08-03-2010   #127
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It was dumping as heavy as I have seen it in years yesterday. Flash flooding all over the valley. The rains had definitely increased the river flow prior to yesterdays deluge. Hopefully when the rain stops they will have more luck with the recovery effort.
On a side note Clear Creek Ark is on it's way up this morning (135 and climbing). Nearly 900 at Numbers, over 1500 at the Gorge and back above 300 on Lake might be a good day to go boating!
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Old 08-19-2010   #128
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Posts: 7 | Denver | Colorado's Online News Leader | No sign of missing guide after search of Arkansas

Still thinking about you everyday Kim.
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Old 08-19-2010   #129
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From AHRA today:

From: Kreski, John
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 7:53 PM
Subject: Frog Rock Recovery Operation Update


AHRA Contractors and Private Boaters,


Despite that fact that sixty-three search and rescue members from nine different agencies utilized under water cameras, dive team members, rope systems and probe poles, unfortunately the August 18th Frog Rock Recovery Operation was unsuccessful in terms of locating and recovering the missing person.* It appears that Frog Rock Rapid has several very deep and hidden caverns with the majority of the water going directly into them complicating the recovery effort.


At this point in time, there will be further evaluation before any future recovery attempts are undertaken.


A combined total of 110 cfs (75 cfs at Clear Creek and 35 cfs at Twin Lakes) was released at 4:30 pm *to bring the river back to native flow.


Please note that because of the extended reduced flow time period, the low flow window will be longer than originally projected.* In addition, because of the overall lower native flow of the river, the recovery time will be slower than originally projected.


Please review the Water Flow Website to determine the location and approximate travel time of the reduced flow window.


Thank you all for your cooperation,


John Kreski

AHRA Rationing & Agreement Coordinator
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Old 08-19-2010   #130
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God, this has been eating at me all day, hardly slept last night. What if she's not there?

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