Denver Water maintaining steady outflow from Dillon Reservoir just below flood level
*Click here to view a Summit Voice video of the Coyne Valley Road washout
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — High runoff and heavy rains have led to some traffic disruptions, as State Highway 9 has been cut to one lane of travel between Breckenridge and Hoosier Pass. CDOT workers are monitoring traffic and alternating travel for north- and southbound traffic.
In Breckenridge, Coyne Valley Road is closed until further notice due to flooding. Drivers should use the detour on Airport Rd through the Block 11 property as an alternate route to Valleybrook Rd and HWY 9.
Also, Airport Road at Summit Landscaping is closed until further notice due to high water. Businesses are open in the area. Detours are in place. And the recpath is now closed until further notice between Coyne Valley Road and 13217 Highway 9 (at High Country Furniture & Gallery). The Rec path is closed until further notice. Town officials are asking cyclists to avoid this portion of the bike path due to the dangerous, high water conditions. Continue reading “Summit County: High water closing roads, recpath”→
Heavy rains expected today, with drying trend the next few days
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A flash flood watch is in effect through midnight across large parts of Colorado, as another surge of deep monsoonal moisture from the south brings a good chance of moderate heavy rains to much of the state.
With the ground already saturated in many areas, persistent rain could trigger dangerous high flows in some rivers and streams, as well as rock and mudslides in steeper canyons and hillsides.
Heavy runoff, rains are hampering access to backcountry areas in Colorado
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Recent heavy rains have caused already swollen streams to do considerable damage to popular roads on the Eagle/Holy Cross District of the White River National Forest.
A culvert on Forest Service Road 704, which accesses the Missouri-Fancy Trailhead, overflowed July 7. A Forest Service road crew is currently clearing the debris but the roadbed remains soft. Road 727 in the adjacent area also flooded. Travel is not recommended on either road.
“We understand that these road conditions further limit public access to the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. We regret any inconvenience this situation may cause the public,” said District Ranger Dave Neely. “I hope folks will understand that we take concerns for public safety and resource protection very seriously and did not make this decision lightly. Forest Service road maintenance crews are working on both roads and hope to have them in usable condition as soon as possible.” Continue reading “Colorado: Forest Service reporting flood-damaged roads”→
Flood warnings and wildfires dominated the headlines
SUMMIT COUNTY — This week’s most-viewed story list is kind of biblical, filled with warnings of floods and reports of wildfires near and far, but it does show that accurately reported and timely news is still one of the ingredients for success. But even though these stories dominated in terms of page views, we posted many other interesting stories this past week, some of which would have easily been in the top three nearly any other week. We’ve recently reported on plans for a new ice rink at Keystone and a zip line at Copper Mountain, and, as usual, offered a full slate of environmental stories. Scroll through the list of headlines and click if one of them catches your eye, then don’t forget to use the share button to spread the word via your own social media networks.
SUMMIT COUNTY — The latest snowpack measurements and weather forecasts have prompted Denver Water to warn residents of the Lower Blue Valley, below Dillon Reservoir, to be prepared for flooding flows in the Blue River.
Combined inflows into the reservoir from the Upper Blue, the Snake River, Tenmile Creek and various smaller tributaries are forecast to peak in the range of 2,800 to 4,100 cubic feet per second. the average this time of year is about 1,700 cfs, and the record peak, set in 1995, is 3,408 cfs.
Denver Water tries to operate the reservoir so the peak outflow does not exceed 1,800 cfs, which is approximately the “bank-full” condition for the Blue River downstream of the dam. Because of this year’s exceptionally high snowpack and the uncertainty of the amount, timing and rate of the melt, it may not be possible to keep the peak outflow below 1,800 cfs, Denver Water said in an advisory bulletin issued June 3. Continue reading “Colorado: Record runoff possible in Blue River Basin”→