Emergency Services Keeping Close Eye On Rising Colorado River

Snow depths well above normal are prompting local officials to be prepared for spring flooding. Representatives from the City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, and federal agencies met with weather service forecasters Tuesday to discuss the possibility of flooding problems in parts of Mesa County due to runoff from melting snow.

Few problems are expected from the rising waters of the Colorado River, instead, smaller creeks and rivers in the county could overflow their banks. Among areas of concern are Plateau Creek and Collbran, the Town of Mesa, and parts of Fruita near Little Salt Wash.

This is the first time in several years flood preparations have been discussed, as recent drought conditions have made flood planning unnecessary.

Another meeting is planned for later this spring as more accurate information on snow melt runoff becomes available.


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