Plateau Valley Residents Watching River and Creek Levels Closely

Water levels in several Plateau Valley creeks are high, but under control as the snowpack on the Grand Mesa melts, however dam spillover's could change all that. For the past several days, volunteers from the Collbran Job Corps have filled more than a thousand sandbags, and have shored up creek banks to protect against erosion and property damage.

The next step is to wait to see how much water levels rise when the Vega Lake Dam begins to spill over into Plateau Creek as the reservoir reaches its capacity. During the spring melt in 1983 and 1984, Collbran was affected by major flood damage, so while the town is preparing for the wors, it's more of a case of being safe than sorry.

For the past couple of days creek water levels have been consistent. If there is no heavy rain in the near future,
creeks along the Grand Mesa are not likely to spill over their banks.


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