High snowpack brings flooding fears to Estes Park

7:15 PM, Feb 24, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Above average snowpack. The possibility of a warm, wet spring. Streams and rivers transformed from September's flooding.

Those factors worry Estes Park officials, who say a worst-case scenario would be extensive flooding come spring.

"It would look something close to the flood that we just saw, probably," said Will Birchfield, who manages the floodplain for Estes Park.

"During the spring runoff, since we're at the headwaters with no flood controls up above us, we're at the mercy of nature," added Birchfield.

He says the town is grateful to be getting outside financial assistance and help - in coming weeks, they will be working very hard to mitigate against another disaster.

"Work will begin to stabilize the banks and protect those properties," said Birchfield.

Town officials are urging residents to remove debris from the rivers by getting permits. Residents are encouraged to purchase and keep sandbags. They are also encourage to stabilize banks at risk for erosion and to eliminate unstable trees, a process that also requires getting a permit.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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