June 5, 2011
Steamboat Springs 100-year floodplain
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Elk expected to return to flood level as runoff focus shifts to Fish, Soda creeks
Federal hydrologists are predicting that with the return of unseasonably high temperatures this weekend, both the Yampa and Elk rivers have the potential to rise steeply. Hydrologists suggest Steamboat residents also keep an eye on Soda Creek and Fish Creek.
Forecasters predict a resurgence later this week
Routt County Office of Emergency Management Director Bob Struble called the recent mild weather a “blessing” that has kept flooding concerns in the Yampa Valley at bay despite significant high water last week.
Officials are urging residents to exercise caution around gushing creeks and rivers that are expected to remain high for three weeks or more. The flows in the Elk and Yampa rivers have dropped considerably since the beginning of the week, but they are forecast to rise again early next week.
Dream Island Mobile Home Park manager Monica Mackey admits that the rising waters of the Yampa River make her nervous, but she thinks residents are doing what they can to prepare for possible flooding in the downtown Steamboat Springs mobile home park.
Flood potential revised downward
A crowd gathered in Little Toots Park at Eleventh Street where Soda Creek had poured out of a tunnel under Lincoln Avenue/U.S. Highway 40 and gushed over a concrete retaining wall flooding the park and the intersection with Yampa Street in front of Orange Peel Bicycle Service.
No more evacuations reported; Elk recedes in West Routt
Routt County Office of Emergency Management Director Bob Struble reiterated Sunday that he thinks the area will see an extended snowmelt period as opposed to severe flooding. Forecasters last week predicted possible flooding as temperatures reached the mid- to upper 70s.