Roads, homes flooded as Colo. rivers swell
DENVER – Colorado rivers and streams swollen by quickly melting mountain snow flooded homes, roads and bike paths Monday, prompting flood warnings and advisories across the state.
In Eagle County, a few homes in Gypsum and Vail suffered minor flooding damage. Bike and recreation paths along the Eagle and Gore rivers were closed when the water went over the banks.
A path in the Vail area was reopened after crews contained the washout of a rock wall.
Sand bags were placed along parts of the Big Thompson River in Estes Park near Rocky Mountain National Park because of high water levels. Water topped the banks near the post office at the confluence of the Big Thompson and Fall rivers.
“There was a little overflow during the night,” Town Administrator Jacquie Halburnt said, adding that the river was flowing more swiftly Monday.
Eagle County Emergency Manager Barry Smith said the rivers were several inches above flood stage Sunday and Monday, but he believed the worst had passed. The Arkansas River at Canon City is expected to remain above flood stage through Friday.
Organizers of the Teva Mountain Games in Vail canceled whitewater competitions Sunday, saying it was too risky.
Boulder Creek was flowing at an estimated 857 cubic feet per second Monday, Police Cmdr. Rick Brough said. The normal rate is between 100 and 300 cubic feet.
The Boulder County sheriff’s office and area communities closed the North and South St. Vrain creeks, as well as a stretch of Boulder Creek, to rafts and other crafts.
Smith said that thunderstorms were predicted west of Vail on Monday night.