Big Thompson River water levels from Lake Estes through the canyon to quadruple Monday

LOVELAND, Colo. - Residents living along the Big Thompson River are seeing increased water levels.

At 8 a.m. on Monday, the water flow was increased from 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 60 cfs . At 10 a.m., the flow was increased to 100 cfs.

"The last change will be closer to noon and bump outflows through the dam to the canyon to about 150 cfs," said Kara Lamb, public information officer with the Bureau of Reclamation. "Run-off is increasing and so will flows down the canyon, beginning Monday."

Over the past few weeks, officials have been diverting some of the water from Lake Estes to Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoirs like Carter Lake and Horsetooth Reservoir.

However, "free river conditions" ended over the weekend. Meaning, officials will no longer be diverting water.

"As a result, we will no longer be able to pull some of the spring run-off flows native to the Big T coming into Lake Estes out of the river," Lamb said. "Instead, the Big Thompson will resume its native outflow through Olympus Dam to the Canyon."

The average native flow is 25 cfs.

"It is possible there could be additional increases on Tuesday," Lamb said.

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