By Mike Bibb
Yeah, it’s weird. Imagine, there’s finally enough water in the Gila River to float a raft. I Haven’t seen that in awhile.
Tuesday afternoon, July 25, I noticed a small inflatable raft drifting down the river by the 8th Avenue Bridge north of Safford. There were five passengers aboard, each seemingly having an enjoyable excursion – a rare adventure due to the lingering drought.
Until a week or so ago, the river was nearly dry, but recent rains in the San Francisco and Gila River Watersheds in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico have finally brought a little relief – and recreational opportunities – to the parched region.