Eagle River rising below Gypsum; flood advisory issued
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM, Colorado ” A flood advisory is in affect in for the Eagle River below Gypsum after the water rose six inches in 24 hours, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
Warm weather had accelerated snowmelt to “an alarming rate,” said Shannon Cordingly, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The potential exists for flooding along all rivers in Eagle County, she says.
Property ownercan get free empty sandbags at the following locations:
– Avon Public Works Facility, 500 Swift Gulch Road.
– Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, 425 E. 3rd Street, Eagle.
– Gypsum Public Works Facility, 3297 Cooley Mesa Road.
– Sand and bags are available at the Minturn Municipal Lot across from the Turntable. Residents should bring a shovel and be prepared to fill their own bags. For additional information, contact the Minturn Police Department at 970.827.4104
– Filled sandbags are available behind the Red Cliff Town Hall, 400 Pine Street. For additional information, contact Joanna Snyder at (970)827.5303
– Sand and bags are available while supplies last at the parking lot near the I-70 exit 180 interchange in East Vail, at the Charter Bus Lot near the entrance to the Lionshead parking structure and at the North Trail trailhead parking lot in West Vail. Residents should bring a shovel and be prepared to fill their own bags.
Motorists are warned not to drive through flooded areas.
Just six inches of water can knock a person down, Cordingly says.
Residents are asked to call 911 to report flooding.
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