Snowpack/runoff news: Eagle County Emergency Management is getting the news out about potential flooding

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From the Vail Daily (Lauren Glendenning):

“It’s never a matter of how much snowpack we’ve got, it’s how fast it melts,” said Barry Smith, with Eagle County Emergency Management. Smith sent out an Eagle County Alert Tuesday that contained information about flooding — everything from the definitions of flash floods, flood watches and flood warnings, to tips for local citizens on how to remain safe during floods…

Snowpack is about a 110 to 115 percent of normal right now. If the snowpack starts exceeding 130 percent, Smith said it might be time for the county and local agencies to start stocking up on more sand bags. “Right now, I’m not real concerned about (local preparedness),” Smith said. “I think we’re adequately prepared for what’s coming our way, but if we start seeing forecasts with two weeks of temperatures in the 70s, that’ll obviously change.”[…]

The floods in Vail last summer exceeded 100-year flows, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There were 58 locations in the town of Vail alone that experienced floods, with improvements to the damaged areas expected to cost anywhere from $1.5 million to $3 million, according to a 2010 Gore Creek flood assessment report…

Sean Glackin, owner of Alpine Quest Sports in Edwards, said people are already running the [Colorado River] down by Glenwood Springs and in western Colorado toward the Utah border.

From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn):

Dillon Reservoir is likely to fill sometime in June regardless of spring weather, said Bob Peters, a resource engineer with Denver Water.

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