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2 women died Friday on Gunnison River, bringing Colorado’s spring runoff death toll to at least 5

A Colorado Springs woman, Roberta Sophia Rodriguez, is also missing in the South Fork of the Rio Grande

Jesse Paul
The Colorado Sun
kayaker paddles through turbulant river
A kayaker paddles through the Five Points rapids on the Arkansas River in Colorado's Big Horn Sheep Canyon on June 12, 2019. Flows in the canyon that day were reported at 4,240 cubic feet per second.
Mike Sweeney, Special to The Colorado Sun

Two women died in separate accidents Friday on the Gunnison River, bringing the death toll related to spring runoff to at least five people as Colorado waterways rage after a winter of deep snowfall.

A Colorado Springs woman, Roberta Sophia Rodriguez, is also missing in the South Fork of the Rio Grande. Authorities say she went into the furious waters in recent days and hasn’t been since.

Officials have been warning people planning to recreate on Colorado’s rivers and creeks to be extremely cautious. Forecasters have cautioned that peak runoff could continue into next month.

Even more snow fell in the high country on Friday and Saturday, prolonging the runoff.

The first woman to die on the Gunnison River on Friday was apparently paddle boarding when she fell into swift currents near County Road 32, just west of Gunnison.

Read the full story on The Colorado Sun website.

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