Flooding prompts evacuations of homes along Colorado river

Photo Credit: Eagle River Fire Protection District

According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, snowmelt flooding at the Eagle River has lead to the evacuation of Riverview Mobile Home Park in Gypsum, Colorado. According to a witness featured in a Post Independent article, the swollen river was ripping 30-foot trees from her yard.

Satellite imagery from Google Maps shows approximately 40 buildings in the park. See the park’s close proximity to Eagle River and I-70 below. Please note evacuations are subject to change for more information, click here.

Flooding prompts evacuations of homes along Colorado river

Riverview Mobile Home Park. Map Credit: @Google Maps 2019.

flood warning will be in effect for Eagle River near Gypsum until Wednesday evening, July 3, 2019. At 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, the Eagle River was reported at 8.7 feet high, nearing flood stage of 9.0 feet. The river is expected to continue to rise above or near the flood stage over the next couple of days.

Flood advisories have also been issued for Gore Creek until further notice and Eagle River at Red Cliff until Thursday afternoon, June 4. River levels are expected to remain high through Thursday for Turkey Creek, Gore Creek, and the Eagle River.

Here are a few photos posted on Facebook from the Eagle County’s Sheriffs Office.

Officials from the town of Vail will continue to monitor water levels for the next few days. Eagle County Road & Bridge and Town of Gypsum have also restocked sand and bags at the county’s Maintenance Service Center in Gypsum. For more information, click here.

Swelling rivers have also prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for Frying Pan River below Ruedi Reservoir, the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, and Crystal River near Redstone until further notice, affecting Eagle and Pitkin Counties. As temperatures warm, high elevation runoff and minor low-land flooding are expected. Water levels are likely to remain high through the weekend and into early next week. To see additional advisories in Colorado, click here.

Due to increased flows, strong currents, cold water temperatures, and increased debris, river rafters and kayakers should use extreme caution on the rivers. If you encounter flooding, officials advise turning around. Do not attempt to drive or walk into flood waters.

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