NW Colorado Flood Risks

FLOOD-WATER-300Flooding , which is normally a concern this time of year, is not expected to be a major problem in the area.  That, from the emergency management coordinators in Northwest Colorado.  Moffat County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Soos said that floods should not be a problem for property owners in the area but could cause safety problems at recreation spots around the Yampa River. According to Soos large amounts of snow at lower elevations is required to present an extreme flood risk for the area, and those conditions are not present, although rapidly melting snow at higher elevations could cause the Yampa River to rise to dangerous levels for fisherman and rafters. Ty Gates the emergency management coordinator in Rio Blanco County says that there is no danger of flooding at the current time and he does not believe there is a major risk for the season. Routt County emergency coordinator Bob Struble  said that there was some flooding near the KOA Campground near Steamboat, and attributed that flooding to drainage issues at the site.  Struble also agrees that the risk of flooding is negligible. It’s important to note that conditions that impact flooding can change rapidly, and it is important to be prepared for the possiblity.

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