Floods: Low frequency, high risk

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- We've had avalanches and earthquakes in the state this week, now on to flooding.

March 3rd through the 9th is Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week.

While the recent rain wasn't enough to cause a flood, rescue crews are gearing up for flood risks this Spring.

Officials say flash floods can come with strong rain, and can happen in a matter of minutes, but the more common floods happen with the Colorado River. Rescue crews say while floods don't happen very often, they are one of the most dangerous threats we face here on the Western Slope.

"The flooding that we generally deal with mostly comes from the river, after we get the spring runoff from the mountains the river heightens. A lot of times water gets built up in areas like I-70 and the more it goes off its normal track and floods," said Lieutenant with Lower Valley Fire, Tom Henderson.

The National Weather Service says around 250,000 people live in floodplains here in Colorado.

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