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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-May 4, 2020-While peak flows can vary, the Yampa River has risen nearly 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) over the past week and smaller tributaries are also swelling to much higher levels. Typically, the Yampa River generally peaks in late May to early June, while Butcherknife Creek, Burgess Creek and Spring Creek can peak significantly earlier in the year.
In fact, some local creeks and other low-lying areas may be entering their peak runoff period or experiencing higher flows at this time. Therefore, residents should take precautionary measures now to prevent damages from high water and potential flooding. See the following:
The Streets Division will supply sand and sandbags for residential properties that need them on a case by case basis. Sand bags will need to be filled and placed by the homeowner. Contact the Streets Division at 970.879.1807 during normal office hours, or dispatch at 970.879.1144 after hours to request this service. Commercial properties and residential neighborhoods with frequent needs must acquire their own sandbags. If you are experiencing a flooding emergency, call 9-1-1.
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Streamflow Information Program operates a monitoring site on the Yampa River at the 5th Street Bridge. This station tracks water temperature, discharge and gage height among other data. In addition, visit the city’s Floodplain Management webpage for additional information, resources and programs.
ContactTom Martindale, Streets Supervisor, 970.871.1807 or emailBob Keenan, Senior Planner & Floodplain Manager, 970.871.8260 or email