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1984 downtown Steamboat flood serves as reminder of risk

Rain compounded snowmelt on Butcherknife Creek

Prepare for Routt County spring floods

Bob Struble, director of the Routt County Office of Emergency Management, said property owners can take steps to guard against flooding early this spring by scanning drainage ditches and culverts to see whether they are blocked by brush and debris. Residents can call Steamboat Springs’ Public Works Department at 970-879-2060 or Routt County Road and Bridge at 970-879-0831 for help with badly clogged culverts.

Also, homeowners should make sure large propane tanks are secured to the ground.

Watch the newspaper later in spring for updates about where and when to obtain sandbags from the city. And look for the county’s 2011 High Water Preparedness Guide here.