A century and a half ago, there was enough water in the Yuma stretch of the Colorado River to sink a steamboat:
On this date in 1854, the first steamer on the Colorado River, The Uncle Sam, sank at Pilot Knob.
Today, it’s pickups, stuck in the sand:
Yuma Station agents patrolling near the Colorado River saw an abandoned Jeep Cherokee parked near the Normandy barriers. Upon closer inspection, agents noticed a large part of the Normandy barriers had been cut. Nearby, several individuals were trying to free a Chevy pickup truck stuck in the Colorado River. As agents approached the truck, the individuals fled to Mexico. The truck contained 44 bundles of marijuana with a combined weight of 855 pounds, worth an estimated $427,500.