For Immediate Release May 24, 2011
Staff Contact: Tim Lewis, Longmont Police, 720-378-2220
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Portions of St Vrain Greenway Closed Due to High Water
MAY 24, 2011 - Four stretches of the St. Vrain River Greenway in Longmont are flooded with high water caused by recent rain and melting mountain snow.
- one trail is closed at the underpass located at Boston Avenue (near Lefthand Brewery);
- a second trail is closed at the underpass located at Dry Creek and Airport Road;
- the bike path at Boston and Price roads near the railroad tracks and walking bridge is flooding; and
- the bike path at Hover St. has rising water.
Pedestrians are asked to stay off the greenway in these locations as river flows can increase dramatically, without warning. Keep pets and small children away from the water. Stay alert, watch the skies be aware of high water as flooding is the number one weather-related killer in the United States.
Typically the peak mountain run-off occurs during the first week of June, however, this can vary by two weeks or more depending primarily on temperature and rainfall.
The City Open Space Rangers will be patrolling the St. Vrain and Left Hand greenways to monitor the stream flow on the Saint Vrain Creek. If the water level inundates the greenway, certain portions of the greenway will be closed.
Up to date Saint Vrain Creek streamflow information is available online at: http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/district.aspx?div=1&dist=5
For additional information please call the Public Works & Natural Resources at 303-651-8376.
Check the City website at www.ci.longmont.co.us or follow the City on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information on greenway closures and stream conditions.