Cooler Tuesday drops Wednesday river levels in Eagle County |

Cooler Tuesday drops Wednesday river levels in Eagle County

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – A cooler Tuesday put a little less water in local streams Wednesday.

With Monday temperatures in the 80s, streamflow went up the length of the Vail Valley, but Tuesday highs in the 70s eased the snowmelt, reducing the Wednesday flows.

Gage stations on the Eagle and Colorado rivers at Wolcott reported “high” streamflows Tuesday, and the Eagle River station was actually above flood stage. Both those stations backed down to “much above normal” Wednesday.

Wednesday’s highs were again in the 80s at the Eagle County Regional Airport, so streamflows may go back up again.

Meanwhile, Mike Crabtree and his family continue to watch the river as it rushes past their home on the east side of Eagle. The old home was first built in the 1870s, and has never washed away. Crabtree has lived in the home for the past 17 years, so he’s familiar with high water.

“I think last year was worse because it came up so suddenly,” Crabtree said Wednesday. “It’s actually a little lower today.”

While Crabtree’s home has never flooded, he’s had some water in some of the other buildings on his place over the years, and he was grateful last week when a crew from the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District put some sandbags around his property.

“The water did come up on the bags, so I guess (the bags) are doing their jobs,” Crabtree said.

While Crabtree and his family remain above the waters, it looks as if the Glenwood Canyon bike path is sustaining some serious damage. The path is closed from No Name to Dotsero, and the Bair Ranch rest area is closed due to high water.

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