The high temeprartures the past few days in Estes Park, the fast melting of the snow in the mountains and big thunderstorms have made the waters very high in Estes Park. Many of the walkways and parking lots are sandbagged so the water will stay in the rivers. The confluence of the Big Thompson River and Fall River made for some very high waters that were very close to the bridge on East Riverside Drive. The high waters brought many people downtown to see the rapids on the Big Thompson River along the Riverwalk. The waters have not been this high since 1996 when the snowmelt from the mountainswas also very quick.