Parts of Mesa County, especially waterways on the Grand Mesa, could see significant flooding this spring. Friday, Mesa County officials were getting crews and residents prepared in case that happens. Safety officials cautioned everyone in flood prone areas, especially those along the Plateau, Whitewater, Kannah, and Surface creeks on the Grand Mesa.
According to the National Weather Service, snowpack on the Grand Mesa is 195% of normal, and in some areas the snow still measures more than seven feet deep. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 70's over the next several days on the Grand Mesa, which could caues a sudden and abundant runoff.
Officials say conditions are similar to those Mesa County experienced in the Spring of 1983, when flood waters damaged roads and bridges.
At the time, the Governor of Colorado declared a state of emergency for Mesa County. This time, in case there is flooding, authorities will notify residents using the reverse 9–1–1 system.
Mesa County officials are urging residents to stock up on sandbags, move valuables to higher ground, and have an evacuation plan in place, in case it happens.
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