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Delta County Emergency Management photo Spring runoff has caused low level flooding in fields in the Delta area.

Spring runoff has caused some minor flooding in the Delta area. Jeff Wright, director of emergency management for Delta County, said the Gunnison River water level is "significantly" higher than in past years, and exceeded projections due to a couple of complications. Flows were expected to hit 13,000 to 13,500 cfs (cubic feet per second). Instead, they hit nearly 15,000 cfs. While there were no reports of closed roads, residential flooding or infrastructure issues, "low level flooding" affected six to seven fields in the area. Wright said flooding impacted about 50 acres, with damage estimates running between $15,000 and $50,000. "These farmers are used to flooding, but this year it was a bit more extensive," Wright said.

Parks crews from the City of Delta closed the lower loop of Confluence Trail due to the flooding late last week, and crews also had to remove some of the disc golf baskets due to the high water levels. Both the trail and the disc golf course are expected to be reopened this week, though, as Tony Bohling with the city's parks department put it, crews are at the mercy of the river.

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