ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Only experienced river boaters should be on the Rio Grande. That was the message from city officials Tuesday.
Recent measurements show the water level in Albuquerque is twice as high as usual, and moving twice as fast. With the river so high, city leaders are urging everyone to boat safe and boat smart.
“You know, with the proper training, I’ve been out here. I was out here Saturday with the proper gear and it’s a really fun time, but you gotta be ready with your rafting game this time of year,” Mayor Tim Keller said.
The rise has already forced Albuquerque Fire Rescue to handle a surge of water rescues in recent weeks. One recently, involving a dad and his 7-year-old.