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Platte River water levels in Platte County are expected to rise significantly Thursday and Friday due to the heavy rains in Colorado a week ago.
Although wide spread flooding isn't expected some minor low land flooding could occur along low lands near the river. High river flows are expected into the middle of next week. Flood stage is 8 feet at the river gauge near Duncan. The river is forecast to be below flood stage at 6 feet at Duncan and points down stream.
Reports of debris and contamination have been confirmed upstream. Because of this recreational activity in the river is discouraged. The East Central District Health Department recommends that individuals avoid flood waters and do not let children play in flooded areas. The water from flooding can pose a variety of risks including diarrheal diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries. If anyone has contact with flood waters they should practice good hand hygiene. Any items exposed to flood waters should be cleaned thoroughly. Open wounds and rashes exposed to flood waters can become infected and increase the risk for tetanus infection. Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) no longer recommends tetanus vaccinations for exposure to flood waters If you have a severe wound or deep cut and have been exposed to flood waters check with your health care provider to see if you need a tetanus vaccination or booster. The bacteria that cause tetanus are found in the soil and usually enter the body through a wound.
Travel is not expected to be affected by the high water levels but the Platte County Sheriff's Office advises individuals to use caution when traveling to be aware of stopped cars or people on bridges.