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This undated photo provided by the National Park Service shows a snowplow on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo., in late April. Heavy winter snow and a cold, wet May in the Rocky Mountains are sending a welcome surge of spring runoff into the rivers of the Southwestern U.S., fending off a water shortage but threatening to push some streams over their banks. (National Park Service via AP)

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Snowmelt fills rivers in Southwest, easing drought fears

A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-stricken rivers of the southwestern U.S., fending off a water shortage but threatening to push rivers over their banks.