Lake Dillon Fire crews respond to flooding in Frisco
Two Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue firefighting crews created sandbag berms and attempted to divert water flowing into a home in Frisco on Saturday evening, in what may be a harbinger of annual spring flooding throughout the high country.
Firefighters were called to 752 Temple Trail at 6:18 p.m. on a report that the front yard was pooling water and the home was being threatened.
Although recent beaver activity was apparent outside the home, the water appeared to be spilling from Miner’s Creek some distance away.
“As temperatures rise and we start anticipating spring runoff, we’d like to remind residents and visitors alike that flooding can be destructive and dangerous, so please be alert to rising water,” said Lake Dillon Public Information Officer Steve Lipsher. “For property owners, now is a good time to check ditches and culverts to ensure that they are free-flowing, and everyone should be cautious to stay out of flood waters.”
Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural hazards. Some floods develop slowly, but flash floods can happen in just minutes.
Floodprone areas have been identified in 267 cities and towns and in all of the 64 counties in Colorado.
Over 250,000 people are living in Colorado’s floodplains. There are estimated to be 65,000 homes and 15,000 commercial, industrial, and business structures in identified floodplains. There are likely many more structures located within unmapped flood hazard areas. The value of the property, structures, and contents located in the identified floodplains is estimated to be over 11 billion dollars (1996).
Average annual flood losses in Colorado are estimated to be $17,600,000 in property damage based on data from 1896 to 1984.
Cumulative flood losses for the most damaging floods in Colorado between the turn of the century and 1993 include 331 people killed and $3.3 billion (in 1995 dollars) worth of property damage.
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