The Elk River has overrun its banks where it intersects with Rout County Road 42 just west of Steamboat Springs. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is predicting that the Elk River at C.R. 42 will reach minor flood stage Wednesday night through Thursday morning, but it is not expected to threaten any homes at that level.

Photo by John F. Russell

The Elk River has overrun its banks where it intersects with Rout County Road 42 just west of Steamboat Springs. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is predicting that the Elk River at C.R. 42 will reach minor flood stage Wednesday night through Thursday morning, but it is not expected to threaten any homes at that level.

High water causes more trail closures in Steamboat Springs

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— The annual swelling of rivers and creeks in Steamboat Springs is leading to some more detours for pedestrians.

The city announced Wednesday that high water has closed the following trails that are prone to flooding.

• U.S. Highway 40 underpass at Walton Creek

• Railroad underpass upstream of Fetcher Pond

• Yampa River Core Trail from Fetcher Pond to Trafalgar Drive (detour runs through Yampa River Botanic Park)

• Yampa River Core Trail From Snake Island and the Howelsen Tunnel

• The 13th Street underpass

The city regularly has to close these paths because of high water from the annual snowmelt.

They will reopen as water levels go down.

City staff asks that pedestrians obey closures and to not try to cross trails that have water running over them.

The closures come as the National Weather Service in Grand Junction is predicting that the Elk River at Routt County Road 42 will reach minor flood stage Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said when the Elk River reaches this minor flood stage above 7.5 feet, it goes over the banks in a few places but does not threaten any homes.

While the Elk approaches a flood stage, the Yampa River in Steamboat is flowing fast but is not predicted to approach its flood stage of 7.5 feet.

"Right now and in the immediate future, I don't think there's anything to really worry about," Struble said.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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