The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood advisory for the Rio Blanco River. The Rio Blanco River has risen in height over the last hour. With the possibility of additional rain, the NWS is issuing a flood advisory for residents along the river. As a precaution, Archuleta County Emergency Management is asking the public in the area to be on heightened alert for minor flooding, and take necessary personal precautions. Do not drive over flooded roads.
“The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a small stream flood advisory for central Archuleta County in Southwest Colorado until 10:30 p.m. At 7:26 p.m. Doppler radar indicated and emergency management reported thunderstorms with heavy rainfall across the advisory area … with the public reporting the Rio Blanco River flowing near bank full. Runoff from this excessive rainfall will cause minor flooding especially along small streams and near low water crossings. Minor flooding is expected to occur over mainly rural areas of central and southern Archuleta County. Precautionary preparedness actions — excessive runoff from this storm will cause minor flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads as well as farmland along the banks of creeks and streams. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely.”