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Flooding surrounds Steamboat Springs homes with water

8:38 PM, Jun 8, 2011   |    comments
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"I've lived here for the past 33 years and I've never seen anything like it," Silvio Gonzalez, a resident, said.

Gonzalez has a feeling his home will suffer the same fate as his neighbors'.

Dozens of them are dealing with flooded lawns, surrounding every inch of their homes.

"You can see the river is flooding near the place where we are living," Gonzalez explained.

River level signs have been posted in the community. Some folks are using sandbags to protect their homes, but the sandbags don't seem to be working.

"The water is moving around them," Gonzalez said.

No one has been asked to evacuate. Some people have decided to stay with family or friends just until the water subsides.

There isn't really any flooding in downtown Steamboat Springs. But outside the city, where a few hotels are located, parking lots are filled with water.

"One of the hotels across the street from us is advertising rooms for $45 a night, but you can't get to the hotel," Hans Miesler, who is visiting Steamboat, said.

Emergency officials are hoping the Yampa River will calm down over the next few days as temperatures begin to cool.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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