Continued Caution for the Arkansas River

Fast moving water in the Arkansas River is continuing to be a concern and something closely watched for Otero county officials. Under-sheriff Matt Wallace says he reached out to fire chiefs in the county and all agreed all vehicles need to stay out of the river. He adds they might not even be able to rescue you should you decide your JEEP is the exception and can make it…and well, doesn’t. Wallace says if you get stuck they might not even have the equipment strong enough to pull you out available. Last week's rescue of a stuck truck was pulled out thanks to a citizen with a much bigger piece of equipment. In addition to the caution advised in playing in the river there have been many warnings about even walking near the river with fast moving waters as saturated river banks can weaken and break away. Photo credits to La Junta Tribune-Democrat.

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