Following a winter of big snowfall, snowmelt now becomes a potential problem in Colorado with flood warnings and flood watches being issued around the state.
The most at-risk areas include Del Norte, South Fork, Creede, Wagon Wheel Gap, and Wolf Creek Pass, according to the National Weather Service, with parts of Saguache and Mineral Counties under flood warning.
The National Weather Service advises drivers to avoid flooded roads, stating that most flooding deaths occur when people become trapped in vehicles. Their advisory also states that river banks should be avoided, as the dirt can become unstable during periods of increased water flow.
Flood risk also exists in Pueblo County and in Conejos County, according to the Colorado Water Conversation Board. See these areas depicted on the map below:
#FTB: A Low #COFlood threat has been issued for portions of the San Antonio, Conejos Rivers & the headwaters of the Rio Grande and San Juan Rivers. Minor flooding is also forecast for the Arkansas River near Avondale through this week. pic.twitter.com/bJLI4m3QYa
— CO Flood Updates (@COFloodUpdates) June 11, 2019
Severe weather around the state is expected to ramp up near the end of the week and during the weekend.
#FTO: On and off showers are expected for the state this week with more seasonal high temps. An uptick in rainfall and severe weather is anticipated by the end of this week into the weekend, but at this time, there is No Apparent #COflood threat. https://t.co/1545Y39ll6 #COFlood pic.twitter.com/F0JZRrYywQ
— CO Flood Updates (@COFloodUpdates) June 10, 2019
Here’s some advice for staying safe this flood season:
#Runoff from #snow melt will keep #river flows strong and may present hazards near waterways across W #COwx and E #UTwx. @NWSGJT is urging everyone to stay safe and use extra caution around rivers, streams and creeks during this runoff period. https://t.co/EXGTP0iFeC pic.twitter.com/ScwMcs05gx
— NWS Grand Junction (@NWSGJT) June 10, 2019
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