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Frisco prepares for floods

FRISCO – Town of Frisco Public Works officials are monitoring town creeks in preparation for possible spring flooding.

The highest level recorded so far this year in Tenmile Creek occurred Thursday at 10:45 p.m. Water volume was 1,490 cubic feet per second (cfs).

“As in the past, the town is prepared to forecast the peak melt period in Tenmile and other town creeks,” Frisco Deputy Public Works Director Rick Higgins said. “We know exactly what cfs levels will cause problems, and with the cooperation of public works and the police, we will notify homeowners if their property is in danger.”



Higgins said data from 1995 and 1996, two peak flow years, helped provide key information on specific conditions that might cause creeks to flood.

In 1995, Tenmile Creek experienced a 50-year flood event June 18 at 2 a.m. with a recorded 1,780 cfs in the creek, in line with town predictions for peak flow. Overflow of the creek’s banks was limited to the Third Avenue bridge, thanks in part to citizen efforts to sandbag potential problem areas.



In 1996, peak flow topped out at 1,240 cfs.

Both years fell short of 1965 when, on June 16, a 100-year discharge of 1,910 cfs was recorded.

This year the peak is expected earlier because of warm weather. Officials do not expect creek flows to reach the levels seen in 1995, however.

“It takes a lot of rain,” said Frisco’s Community Relations Director Linda Lichtendahl. “A combination of warm weather and rain (is necessary), and we haven’t had enough rain.”

Peak flows for May 27-29 were 1,070 cfs, 1,250 cfs and 1,490 cfs respectively.

Citizens can check the current Tenmile Creek flow on the Colorado Streamflow Data Web site, http://www.dwr.state.co.us. From the main page, select Tenmile Creek below North Tenmile. Choose the display format and select “get data.” Data is reported every 15 minutes.

Frisco Public Works is working to remove debris and obstructions from town creeks, but the department has requested homeowner cooperation to clear creeks of anything that will impede the flow of water.

Homeowners whose property is in the 100-year floodplain can purchase unfilled sandbags from Frisco Public works at 40 cents per bag with a limit of 200 per household. Bags and sand (no charge) are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday at the public works office on School Road, 1 block east of Summit Boulevard.

Please call Public works at (970) 668-0836 for more information.


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