Road to state park closed; river expected to peak around midnight
Citing safety precautions, Mesa County has closed Dike Road, the road that accesses the Connected Lakes Section of the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, in advance of the river’s expected peak tonight.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department announced this morning that data gathered from the river near Cameo suggests high waters will peak around midnight. That section of the river remains under a flood warning until Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service this afternoon issued a flood warning for the river near the Utah state line, which is in effect until Thursday afternoon. At 11:45 a.m., the river in that area stood at 14.4 feet, a few inches below the 15-foot flood stage. The right lanes of eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 west of Fruita have been closed due to rising water reaching the underside of the bridge near mile marker 17.
County officials said today property owners in low-lying areas and along rivers should remove hazardous material and move them to a safe, high ground, noting that even a small amount of flood water that comes into contact with hazardous material can cause contamination.
Officials also said rafters and kayakers recreating on the river should be aware that there is little or no space for them to pass underneath bridges due to the rising river levels.
The county emergency manager has activated an emergency operation center at the Sheriff’s Department. The center gives officials a central location from which they can monitor river and creek levels and deploy resources as needed across the county.
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