WHARTON, TX - MAY 29: A view of the Colorado River current on May 29, 2015 in Wharton, Texas. At least 19 people have been killed across Texas and Oklahoma after severe weather, including catastrophic flooding and tornadoes, struck over the past several days, with more rain expected. (Photo by Thomas Shea/Getty Images)

Officials across much of the western U.S. fear that drownings could increase as rivers surge following record snowfall over the winter. The snow is now melting rapidly as summer approaches in California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. Rivers are flowing much higher than normal with freezing water. At least 14 drownings have already been reported in California and Utah since May at popular river recreation destinations.