Floods damage roads, bridge in Eagle County forests
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Recent surges of local streams have damaged bridges, roads and other facilities in the White River National Forest.
“We first became aware of the challenges the Forest Service might face when, in the middle of last week a hiker reported to our Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District that the Lower Cross Creek Bridge in the Holy Cross Wilderness Area had been washed out,” said Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. “This report was followed by a series of reports of damaged roads and trails, damaged or destroyed bridges in other locations, flooded campgrounds, or high water filling vault toilets along many of the tributaries to the Colorado River.”
• The Lower Cross Creek Bridge in the Holy Cross Wilderness was washed out.
• A mudslide occurred along the Piney Ranch Road (FDR 700) just past the Lost Lake Trail.
• A culvert on the spur road to Woods Lake overflowed.
• High water in Lost Man Campground flooded the vault on a new toilet and damaged some of the road, apparently the result of a blocked culvert.
• High water flooded parts of the Freeman Mesa, Bogen Flats and Deerhammer facilities.
• Across the forest, debris has accumulated on the piers and footings for numerous bridges. This may have caused structural damage to the bridges that will require significant repairs.
It may be several weeks before the Forest Service has a complete picture of the damage caused by recent high water. The public is urged to exercise caution when approaching bridges, especially those that appear to have a significant accumulation of debris on piers and footings. Any damage should be reported to the Forest Service as soon as possible.
“Flood damaged infrastructure will be costly to repair, but we are committed to doing so as funding becomes available,” Fitzwilliams said.