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Spring snowmelt, releases from Navajo Dam have created potentially dangerous conditions near two local rivers. Hannah Grover, hgrover@daily-times.com

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Those planning a stroll in Berg Park this weekend will have to stay away from a popular stretch of trail due to an expected rise in river levels.

“The City of Farmington has temporarily closed sections of trails in Berg Park due to rising water levels.” City spokesperson Georgette Allen said in a press release June 7. “Trails on the north side of the Animas River near the All Veterans Memorial Plaza will be closed throughout the weekend.”

Allen said other parts of Berg Park will still be open. She warned people not to go around the barriers for their own safety.

On Saturday at 12:30 p.m. there were only a few people in the plaza to watch occasional large pieces of trees and brush flowing quickly past in the river. Water lapped at the base of some flagpoles. Access to the plaza is available from the parking lot at the end of S. Tucker Avenue.

A metal barricade with a sign noting that the Riverside Trail was closed blocked the center of the path.

The city will keep an eye on river levels and will release more updates if needed, Allen said.

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