Vail still assessing flood damage |

Vail still assessing flood damage

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyA bike path bridge is lowered to the ground after being removed with a crane at the end of Aspen Court in East Vail last week

VAIL –Damage to public property from flooding in Vail last week currently ranges from $500,000 to $1.2 million, says Town Engineer Tom Kassmel.

The assessment is preliminary and based on damage reports received during emergency response calls. He says a full assessment of the damage will occur once it becomes safe to canvass Gore Creek and its tributaries and when flows are low enough to inspect culverts, bridges and erosion. The assessment also will identify areas in need of preventive repairs in anticipation of a similar event in the future.

The most significant damage to public property includes the loss of a recreation path bridge near Aspen Court in East Vail and damage to a section of the Dowd Junction path retaining wall. In addition, stream banks, bike paths, culverts, and bridge abutments throughout town and within the golf course have been eroded.

The town’s insurance adjustors have been on scene to determine the extent of damage that will be covered by the town’s insurance. The assessment includes a preliminary list of 27 impacted areas from East Vail to West Vail.

There was also damage to 15 residential units on Bighorn Road, Lupine Drive and Juniper Lane in East Vail, plus one business in Vail Village. Preliminary damage estimates for these properties is approximately $400,000, says Martin Haeberle, the town’s chief building official. Damage includes damage, mold and possible foundation damage.

The section of the Gore Valley Trail between West Forest Road and the Glen Lyon Office Building is closed indefinitely due to an undermined bridge abutment. The detour route is along the South Frontage Road.

The Vail Village streamwalk between the Covered Bridge and Vail Valley Drive is closed until further notice due to significant stream bank erosion.

Kassmel says the water was highest at 10 p.m. on June 6 with an equivalent volume of a 100-year flood event according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance study adopted in 2007. Flows reached 2,350 cubic feet per second on Gore Creek above the Red Sandstone confluence and 2,720 cubic feet per second at the mouth of Gore Creek upstream of the confluence with the Eagle River.

The town is continuing to advise guests and residents to avoid the stream banks in and around Vail due to continued hazardous conditions. To report a downed tree or other hazardous condition, contact 479-2200, ext. 0.

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