FRISCO, Colorado, May 14, 2020 –With our current snowpack sitting only slightly above average, officials at the Summit County Annual Spring Runoff Virtual Meeting held on May 8, 2020, are expecting a normal runoff season and are not anticipating an elevated risk of flooding. However, they are still urging preparedness on the part of Public Works departments across the County, as well as residents and homeowners.
The Town of Frisco Public Works department has been making standard preparations for the snowmelt and any potential flooding that may result, by monitoring water levels in Tenmile Creek and evaluating flood threats, removing debris that might impede the flow of water in creeks and culverts under public rights-of-way, and making sandbags available to residents. These preparations are similar to past years.
Resources for Residents
Sandbags are available at the Town of Frisco Public Works shop at 102 School Road during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. The first 100 sandbags per lot (not per address) are available free of charge and any sandbags beyond that are $0.25 per bag. Residents are asked to fill their own sandbags and to provide their own shovel to do so. Sand piles are also located at the N. 6th Avenue cul-de-sac just north of Galena Street, and the intersection of Madison Avenue and Sunset Drive. When residents are finished with sandbags, sand should be dumped back into one of the three sand piles and the bags may then be disposed of or re-purposed as residents see fit. Residents are asked to not return used or unused sand bags to the Frisco Public Works Department. The Town asks that those coming to fill sand bags maintain six feet of distance from others, and if coming to the Public Works shop, to call ahead, 970-668-0836.
Residents may also contact the Frisco Public Works Department at 970-668-0836 to report any creek obstruction issues. In addition, current water levels and conditions in Tenmile Creek can be found at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) stream gauge.
Summit County Government produces a comprehensive flood preparedness guide, which includes resources for all the towns and areas in Summit County. This guide is available at SummitCountyCO.gov/flood.
The Town of Frisco has flood insurance rate maps available for review and can answer general questions from the public. However, lending institutions, and not local governments, determine whether flood insurance will be required for a given property and the related liability potential. For assistance in determining whether your property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), Town of Frisco residents may contact Bill Gibson, Assistant Community Development Director, at 970-668-5276 or BillG@townoffrisco.com.
Any emergencies should be reported by calling 911.