Emergency Management

Contact Us

  • Phone: 970-328-3545
    Fax: 970-328-8694

    Emergency Management
    P.O. Box 850
    Eagle, Colorado 81631


    Call 9-1-1 for emergencies
    or 970-479-2201


Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural hazards. Some floods develop slowly but flash floods can happen in just minutes. Flood prone areas have been identified throughout Eagle County. Due to the mountainous terrain, almost all areas of the county are susceptible to flash flooding. A flash flood is typically caused by sudden, excessive rainfall that sends a river, stream or other body of water rapidly out of its banks. Often this occurs in a short amount of time, only several hours or even less. They can also be caused by ice jams on rivers in conjunction with a winter or spring thaw, or occasionally even a dam break. The constant influx of water finally causes a treacherous overflow which can be powerful enough to sweep vehicles away, roll boulders into roadways, uproot trees, level buildings, and drag bridges off their piers. Most alarming is the speed at which the water rises.

Swift Water Safety

Rising water levels mean that rivers and streams are moving much faster than normal and may have dangerous currents and debris. Take extreme caution around moving water. Keep a close eye on children and use flotation devices when working or playing near rivers and streams. If you are planning to raft, kayak, or paddle a river, consult local experts to determine safety hazards. High water levels can quickly turn an enjoyable trip to the river into a life-threatening experience.

Local Preparation

In Eagle County and the western United States generally, the soil is typically dry, sandy and unable to absorb large amounts of water. It's important to know your neighborhood flood history. Eagle County's Engineering Department provides floodplain mapping and belongs to the Community Rating System (CRS) which is part of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Flood Preparedness Information Packet - 2019

2019 Sandbag Locations
Sandbags can help keep water from entering homes and structures. County and local government will be providing free sand and bags to support community flood preparedness efforts from May-June. Sand and bags will be available in the following locations, residents should bring their own shovel and be prepared to fill their own bag:

Map of Sandbag Locations

JurisdictionSandbag Location
Gypsum- 3289 Cooley Mesa Rd, Gypsum (Eagle County Road & Bridge)
Eagle- 1050 Chambers Ave, Eagle (Eagle Public Works)
Avon- 500 Swift Gulch Rd, Avon (Avon Public Works)
Minturn- Municipal Lot (across from the Turntable Restaurant)
- Upper Little Beach Park parking lot
Vail- Bighorn Rd @ I-70, East Vail (parking lot south of the freeway off exit 180)
- N Frontage Rd W @ Chamonix Ln, West Vail (North Trail trailhead parking lot)
El Jebel/Basalt- 1050 JW Drive, El Jebel (in front of the Eagle County Road & Bridge shop)

Learn More About Potential Flood Hazards in Your Area:

Floodplain Mapping

Current River Conditions (National Weather Service)

Up-to-Date Forecasts and Peak Flood Probability (Colorado River Basin Forecast Center)

Lake Christine Fire and Flood Information

Additional Resources