The boat launch at West Wetlands Park, 2200 Water St., is closed as well as the beach and fishing areas at Gateway Park, 259 S. Gila St., due to high water levels from the Colorado River. Nearby ramadas and picnic shelters are still open. In addition to the 1.66 inches of rain received Friday evening, water flowing from the Parker Dam to Yuma for farming caused the Colorado River to rise higher than normal, said Ed Virden at the local Bureau of Reclamation office. He explained that the water supply increases but local farmers cut back on their water intake because of the rainfall.
A man throws a young boy into the water from one of the submerged platforms at Gateway Park Monday afternoon. The park is largely under water, reportedly the resulf of severe rain storms along the Colorado River in and above Yuma.
Photo by Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun