Runoff news

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From the Steamboat Pilot & Today:

“I’d say right now we’re looking at normal runoff. But that can change with a severe weather event,” Struble said. “If you got a thunderstorm that rolled in and stayed over a drainage for a long time or put down a lot of water over a half-hour time, you could have some flooding. But if it’s a gentle storm, there’s no danger.”

The National Weather Service forecast calls for rain beginning today and continuing through Tuesday night. Struble’s office released a preparedness guide for Routt County residents, including the proper way to build a sandbag levee and an action plan for the county in case of a flood. The guide is posted on the Web at http://www.co.routt.co.us/emergency…

“The old-timers will tell you to look at the ski mountain and look at Storm Peak, and when you start to see the dirt, that’s when the peak (runoff) is. For 15 years, I’ve basically been watching that, and it’s pretty true,” she said. Hoj said there are two brown spots that appear before the others on Storm Peak, and when the two patches of bare earth combine into one large patch, that’s the time to be aware of the dangers of the highest water…

Snowfall this year has been above normal, and 53 inches of snow remain on Rabbit Ears Pass with a water equivalent of 28.4 inches, according to Snotel monitors.

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