Now Is The Time To Prepare For Spring Runoff
Town of Estes Park to host public meeting May 2; Larimer County and Bureau of Reclamation to attend
Springtime in the Rockies is a dynamic season that includes runoff – when melting mountain snow flows into rivers raising water levels across the state. To help prepare for what will likely be a significant run-off season, the Town of Estes Park invites residents and businesses to a public meeting on May 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Town Board Room of Estes Park’s Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. Staff from Larimer County and the Bureau of Reclamation will join the Town of Estes Park’s Police and Public Works Departments in providing helpful information to citizens about available resources and what to expect this year.
The “Preparing for spring runoff” meeting will include discussion from the Estes Park Police Department on emergency preparedness. The Town of Estes Park’s Public Works Department will provide information on the availability of sand bag materials, should the runoff create an urgent need for property owners along low-lying areas of the Big Thompson and Fall Rivers. Larimer County will discuss its role during runoff in unincorporated portions of the County. The Bureau of Reclamation will present what it is forecasting will be released from Olympus Dam down the Big Thompson River as well as what to expect at Marys Lake and Lake Estes reservoirs.
“Unfortunately we can’t predict how heavy the runoff will be in 2011, but because the potential is there for heavy flows, property owners along our streams should develop a plan to protect their property,” explained Town of Estes Park Public Information Officer Kate Rusch. The rate at which the above-average snowpack on the high peaks will travel down our rivers depends mostly on the air temperatures in the coming weeks. “This natural cycle affects our community every year – it’s just more in some years than in others.” She added, “We hope the meeting will help people in the community think ahead, especially those with property near the watersheds.”
The May 2 “Preparing for spring runoff” meeting will air live on local cable television Channel 12 and will be available for viewing at www.estes.org by May 5. A reference handout with basic information from participating agencies will also be available on the News Desk at www.estes.org by May 5.