Vail rec paths remain closed; kayaking canceled |

Vail rec paths remain closed; kayaking canceled

Matt Zalaznick
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyHeather of Vail condo owners, from left Brian Zaikis, Jason Bastien, Ben Wanner and Peter O'Flinn watch to see if their sandbag dam will hold against the rising water Monday afternoon in East Vail.

VAIL – The Dowd Junction reaction path is open today but paths in East Vail remained closed because of high water in Gore Creek.

The bike path from West Forest Road to the Glen Lyon building, the bike path from Sunburst to East Vail, and the pedestrian bridge at Bighorn Park are all closed until further notice. The Dowd Junction path will be closed tonight and re-open Wednesday morning.

The Vail Whitewater Park kayak demos, produced by Alpine Quest Sports have been canceled for today, due to the high water. The weekly Tuesday night demos, that run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. began May 18 and were to run through June 22; however, there will be an additional demo on June 29 to make up for the cancellation.

Crews are watching all of the closed paths to ensure that no further damage will occur. Fire crews have filled sandbags over the last three days. Public Works crews worked around the clock to keep debris out of culverts. Well over 2,000 sand bags have been used since the weekend to reinforce river banks, paths and bridges in the Vail area. The high flood warning continues until 8 p.m. tonight.

Sand bagging efforts on Monday in East Vail appear to have been effective with overnight stream flows similar to Sunday. Some additional sand bags were positioned last evening to protect homes in the 3800 block of Lupine Drive and the 3900 block of Bighorn Road.

Town of Vail Public Works crews worked throughout the evening clearing debris from the creeks feeding Gore Creek. Crews reported less debris flow last night than the previous night. The Aspen Court recreation path bridge remained in place as of 11 p.m. last night.

Flows began to decrease around 11 p.m. However, a small rainstorm was expected to produce prolonged flows through the night.

Vail and Eagle County remain under a flood warning until 8 p.m. tonight.

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