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Old 06-07-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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I-70 Flooding West of Fruita possible?

Was anybody (like me) planning to head West for a weekend of riding?

http://www.gjsentinel.com/breaking/a...est-of-fruita/

Wonder if the water will rise enough to go over the road @ MM16? Doesn't seem likely but could be exciting...
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:02 AM   #2
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Thanks for the update. I too was thinking of heading west, but in light of this news will just have to head south toward BV I suppose.

All the passes around Summit County are still closed, including Boreas .
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:05 AM   #3
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looking at a pic of the bridge @ MM16 from the GJ Sentinel, seems like that water has a ways to go before it goes over the road...looks fine for now, but who knows
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:32 PM   #4
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The water doesn't have to get high enough to come over the road for them to close it. If heavy debris comes downstream, it lodges on the bridges and can push a wave over the top, or cause structural issues, both of which can cause them to close the bridge.

If you are in the area and want to watch some surfing, pull off at exit 49 (eastbound only, just west of the tunnel and east of the Cameo dam) and watch the kayakers and surfers at the waves called Big Sur. Only happens when the Colorado gets this high (over 20,000 cfs). Great park-n-play spot.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:18 PM   #5
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Even if they do close I-70, traffic will be diverted to Hwy 50 to the north, which isnt that far out of the way. None of the riding areas will be flooded or inaccessable.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:49 PM   #6
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Even if they do close I-70, traffic will be diverted to Hwy 50 to the north, which isnt that far out of the way. None of the riding areas will be flooded or inaccessable.
Oh yeah. Forgot about Hwy 50...oops!

I-70 flooding just sounds so....dramatic....
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:31 PM   #7
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That NICE rest area at Rifle is also closed. The road going to it will almost certainly flood. I've been a Rifle resident since '81 and haven't seen water this high in the past. When should the river crest? I've heard several dates. Kelly.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:14 PM   #8
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big sur is on in a major way as in some of highest ever.
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The water doesn't have to get high enough to come over the road for them to close it. If heavy debris comes downstream, it lodges on the bridges and can push a wave over the top, or cause structural issues, both of which can cause them to close the bridge.

If you are in the area and want to watch some surfing, pull off at exit 49 (eastbound only, just west of the tunnel and east of the Cameo dam) and watch the kayakers and surfers at the waves called Big Sur. Only happens when the Colorado gets this high (over 20,000 cfs). Great park-n-play spot.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:17 PM   #9
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The Colorado at the border is at or very near flood stage. There are warnings up. I wonder about Rabbit Valley, when you ride down to the river and along the railroad track, if that is wet. There is also that nice ranch on the south side that may be under water.

Last check was 45100 cfs! Gauge height 14.58- flood stage is 14.50.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:20 AM   #10
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I took this picture today. This is right before the junction with the Gunnison River. Over the bank in my neighborhood!

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Old 06-08-2011, 09:34 AM   #11
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I took this picture today. This is right before the junction with the Gunnison River. Over the bank in my neighborhood!

That's quite the little flushing we're getting.
When you look down form your perch there (where you took the picture), you can see me at work on Winters Ave.
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:52 AM   #12
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That's quite the little flushing we're getting.
When you look down form your perch there (where you took the picture), you can see me at work on Winters Ave.
And, if you look reeeaaly closely, you can see ADVrider up on his computer screen. Back to work, slacker!

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The RR track thru the Glenwood Canyon is inches from being pulled out of service... the water came up 12" over 24 hrs, from Monday to Tuesday and if it came up 6" more, there would be no trains running thru the canyon. The Amtrak trains would be detoured up thru Wyoming.

I hyrailed the canyon last night with my manager and he's getting nervous.

Where the 2 guys are standing is our lowest spot... at 3 pm yesterday we had water over the base of the rail on the main line. 6" inches higher and it's over the ball of the rail, then no more trains run thru the canyon. This photo is just West of Bair Ranch.




We talked to the so-called expert on when the Colorado river was supposed to peak and he was more or less guessing... he said it could have been today, tomorrow or Friday.
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