Vail reminds residents about flood insurance |

Vail reminds residents about flood insurance

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” With the snowpack at 110 percent of average, the town of Vail is reminding home and property owners to review flood insurance polices.

Spring run-off typically peaks between mid-May and mid-June and it make take 30 days for new insurance policies to take effect.

Floodplain maps are available on the town of Vail web site at under “Vail Information.” Insurance rates are based on official Flood Insurance Rate Maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Copies of these maps are available for review at the Town of Vail Public Works Department, 1309 Elkhorn Drive or may be ordered by calling 1-877-FEMA-MAP (336-2627) or available at

The Town of Vail is a member of the National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP), which allows every property owner in Vail the option to purchase flood insurance, regardless of the property’s location.

Vail’s Public Works Department says the streams most prone to flooding are Black Gore Creek near The Heather and Gore Creek at the intersection of Bridge Road and Lupine Drive in East Vail; Mill Creek near Mill Creek Drive in Vail Village; and Red Sandstone Creek near the Brooktree Condominiums and Buffehr Creek from Circle Drive to the North Frontage Road in West Vail.

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As the weather warms, Public Works crews will begin daily water level checks at approximately 90 locations throughout the town.

Also, the town will provide free sand material and empty bags at the beginning of May, or earlier if needed, for residents. Sand and bags will be available at the parking lot near the I-70 interchange in East Vail, at the Charter Bus Lot adjacent to the Lionshead parking structure and at the North Trail parking lot in West Vail.

For more information on Vail’s flood maps, contact Tom Kassmel, town of Vail floodplain administrator, at 970-479-2235. For countywide information, contact Barry Smith with Eagle County Emergency Management, at 970-328-3545.

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