Whacky weather could relieve flooding concerns

8:52 PM, May 15, 2011   |    comments
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"I think we just want to keep this cycle going of a few warm days and a few cold days," said Eagle County Emergency Management Director Barry Smith.

Smith says the warm and cold waves we've experienced are alleviating some of the stress Colorado's rivers, streams and lakes are dealing with.

Since this spring has been rather warm, run-off from the mountains has been rather high. After all, we dealt with a record amount of snowfall this winter.

"We're about 115 percent above average for snowpack in Eagle County," Smith said.

Eagle County is currently a foot and a half away from dealing with flooding.

Smith says when the water level reaches 7 feet, the county will jump in to "action mode." The water levels in the Eagle River are currently listed at five-and-a-half feet.

"We're just going to keep a close tab on the weather," Smith said.

To download a copy of Eagle County's Emergency Flooding Plan, follow this link: http://www.eaglecounty.us/Emergency/Emergency_Preparedness/Flooding/

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