City of Steamboat offers tips to prepare for spring runoff

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— The city of Steamboat Springs has released its annual tip sheet to help property owners prepare for the potential of high water this spring from area rivers and streams.

In a news release, city officials said the current forecast from the National Resource Conservation Service forecast calls for above average river flows in Colorado from April through July.

Butcherknife Creek and other low lying areas in Steamboat already may be entering their peak runoff, officials wrote.

To prepare for potential high water, the city advises property owners to:

• Remove outdoor furniture, firewood, landscape debris, branches that might have fallen during the October 2013 snow storm, construction materials, etc., from the vicinity of the waterway to prevent blockages of culverts and drainages.

Check your property's floodplain or floodplain status.

Review Routt County's high water preparedness guide.

• Follow weather forecasts and take additional precautions during heavy spring storms. Rain or snow events and warm temperatures can increase the risk of high water and flash floods.

• If you live in a frequently flooded area, keep materials, such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and other materials on hand to help protect your property.

The city's streets department will deliver sand and sandbags for residential properties that need them, according to the news release.

For more information, call the city at 970-879-1807.

2014 high water preparation notice

High Water Preparation 2014

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