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Apr 25

Mud and Flood: Be Prepared for Spring Runoff

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM by Kelly Vaughn

This year, a combination of warm temperatures, record snow pack, and likelihood of heavy spring precipitation make spring flooding a possibility in Snowmass Village.

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The Snowmass Village Police Department has a few tips to prevent flooding, and keep your family and your property safe if a flood does in fact occur.

As a homeowner, you or your property manager should take extra precautions if:
  • You have diverted water from runoff for water features on your property
  • You live anywhere near a water runoff culvert
  • Your home is located on a sloping property, or has a sloping driveway leading down to your home
  • You have experienced flooding in the past
  • You have landscaping that does not provide positive drainage away from your home

Tips

  • Call 9-1-1 to report any flooding or property in danger.
  • Report water bubbling from the ground. This could indicate a broken water main
  • Do not attempt a rescue without proper training and equipment.
  • Keep children and pets away from fast moving streams and higher water. Even six inches of quickly flowing water can knock you off your feet.
  • Don't allow children to play near high water, storm drains, or ditches.
  • Stay away from ground level electrical transformers that are inundated by flood waters.
  • If your basement is flooded, try to turn off electrical and gas appliances from an outdoor source.
  • Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. No not drive around barricades, they are there for your safety. 
  • Know what the weather is doing. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for vital weather related information. 
  • Stay informed: subscribe to Pitkin Alert for real-time information and announcements for public safety related matters.
  • Have a Ready Kit, a disaster supply kit with essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days (72 hours). This kit should be kept in a designated place and be ready to "grab and go" in case you have to leave your home quickly because of a disaster. Make sure all household members know where the kit is kept.

In addition, we strongly recommend that you contact your homeowner's insurance agent to discuss your coverage for flooding events prior to this year's spring runoff. Take precautions to avoid flood damage by covering low lying basement windows with 1/2 inch plywood and remove valuables from lower level rooms within your home. If you suspect that you have flooding potential, check into purchasing sandbags and pre-fill them so they are ready to use at a moment's notice. Check your local hardware store for availability, or find them online.

All Snowmass Village Emergency Services departments have been cooperatively planning for a flooding event during spring runoff season. However, we can't be totally prepared without every individual property owner's help and vigilance. We need everyone to take appropriate actions on their own behalf to prevent the possible flooding of their property.

For more resources on flood preparedness, check out this Grassroots TV program on the topic.

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