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Elk River is bank-full west of Steamboat Springs and may be headed for flood stage

Several inches of water surround campers in the longterm section at the Steamboat Campground in west Steamboat Springs Tuesday morning. The water from the Yampa River has come into the park the past few nights but hasn't really been an issue. The management has offered to allow these campers to move to drier areas

The sand man is coming

When tributaries of the Yampa River appear to be threatening property in the city of Steamboat Springs, public works crews are ready to help owners of homes and businesses help themselves.

As they did during the notable spring runoff of 2011, public works crews are prepared to deliver sand and sandbags to locations where the water is flowing close to structures this runoff season.

Streets and Fleet Superintendent Ron Berig said Tuesday his crews visit trouble spots before they deliver sand and sandbags to a site that may be threatened by flooding. To arrange a site visit, call 970-879-1807 on weekdays. On weekends, it’s necessary to call the Steamboat Springs Police Department at 970-879-1144.

Sandbags may also be purchased at Elk River Pet & Ranch for 65 cents apiece.

The High Water Preparedness Guide released by the Routt County Office of Emergency Management tells property owners what to expect when they set out to use sandbags to keep flood waters back. In order to build a levee measuring 1 foot high and 20 feet long, 7 cubic yards of sand are required to fill the necessary 100 sandbags. Expect that two people will need one hour to fill and place the 100 sandbags.