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Posted on: April 13, 2023

Spring Flooding in Routt County

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UPDATE 4:30 pm 5/24/2023: Routt County issues the following press release: 

Steamboat Springs, CO, May 23, 2023 – Routt County Office of Emergency Management has published two surveys to assist with flooding response. The first is a Flood Damage Self-Assessment Survey and the second is an Observation Survey. Both are available online at

 Flood Damage Self-Assessment Survey
Property owners are encouraged to complete a Property Damage Self-Assessment if their property has been impacted by the current flooding in Routt County. All information submitted is private and accessible by County or municipal officials only. It is not publicly accessible.  This information is reviewed daily and discussed at the Emergency Operations Center meetings to identify trends and determine any required actions. Contact information is requested so that the appropriate officials can contact you with follow-up questions or to schedule a site visit if required.  Once a self-assessment is completed and submitted, property owners can provide updates to these forms via e-mail at

Please do not submit the Flood Damage Self-Assessment Survey if someone from the County visited your home in the days following Dry Creek flooding. The County representative completed the survey for you. You can submit additions or changes by emailing  or calling 970.871.8444.

Observation Survey

Use this survey to submit images of flooded areas or areas of concern. We will monitor the submitted photos and will respond to these locations as needed. Some examples of what we are looking for are:

  1. Flooded areas
  2. Blocked culverts
  3. Debris or trees stuck on bridges or in waterways

If your cell phone does not have location services turned on, please submit an address or approximate GPS location with your photos. 

Please send any questions, media requests or flood related observations (non-emergent) to A hotline has been set up for telephone inquiries as well; call 970-871-8444.

UPDATE 6:15 pm 5/19/2023: Routt County publishes a Community Newsletter focused on flooding information. 

UPDATE 7:42 pm 5/15/2023: Routt County Communications issues the following via Routt County Alerts:  

High Water Advisory: Water is encroaching across Seedhouse Road between mile markers 3 and 5.

NEVER drive through flooded roadways - you do not know the condition of the road under the water.
It doesn't take much water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.

Turn Around Don't Drown™

Get alerted about situations like this by signing up for Routt County Alerts at

UPDATE 11:27 am 5/15/2023:  City of Steamboat Springs issues the following press release: 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-May 15, 2023-The city’s sand stations ebb and flow just like the waterways they are located near. Butcherknife Creek peaked in late April so the stations on Short & James and Staley Park have transitioned to other locations which have been newly added to the mix. 

This week, the Yampa River is churning around 3,000 cubic feet per second. Water temperatures have remained very cold, fluctuating between 40-48°F for the past week. Several waterways will continue to rise with melting snow and area precipitation, which remains in the forecast.

The Streets Division supplies sand and sandbags for residential properties within city limits that need them on a case-by-case basis. The homeowner needs to fill and place sandbags. Commercial properties and residential neighborhoods with frequent needs must acquire their own sandbags. 

 Currently, the following sand stations are available to city residents: 

  • Crawford and Pahwintah
  • Honey Suckle Lane
  • 9th and Pine
  • Meadowood Lane
  • Pamela Lane
  • Stone Lane


Contact Streets at 970.879.1807 during office hours, or dispatch at 970.879.1144 after hours to access materials. If calling Dispatch, it’s important to leave your name, address, and callback number. If you are experiencing a flooding emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately. 

 UPDATE 11:00 am 5/15/2023: Routt County Road & Bridge issues the following closure:

Routt County Road 44 is closed between Highway 40 and Routt County Road 44B due to flooding. No estimated time of reopening.

UPDATE 5/12/2023: Routt County shared the following information in the Community Update:

Flood Information: Routt County is seeing localized flooding impacts due to warming temperatures and melting snowpack. Take steps now to stay safe during and after a flood:
  1. Routt County Alerts: Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for Routt County Alerts. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.
  2. Plan Ahead: Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding.
  3. Emergency Kit: Prepare an Emergency Kit including three days worth of food, supplies and any necessary medication.
  4. Flood Insurance: Don't delay purchasing flood insurance to protect your property. There may be a 30-day waiting period before your new policy becomes active. Purchase flood insurance to protect your property.
  5. FEMA FloodSmart: Be Flood Smart

A link for updated information about Spring Flooding in Routt County can be found on Routt County’s home page or linked directly here:
Resources about flood safety, preparedness and recovery are available at:

UPDATE 8:50 am 5/4/2023: Routt County Communications issues the following via Routt County Alerts: 

Routt County Road 44 is closed between Highway 40 and Routt County Road 42 due to flooding. No estimated time of reopening.

UPDATE 4:25 pm 5/3/2023: Routt County Road & Bridge issues the following closure: 

South end of Cow Creek is currently impassable due to mud, snow and water.

UPDATE 9:17 am 5/2/2023: County Road 129, south of Clark, is open. However, it will be down to one lane as crews continue to work on clean-up! 

UPDATE 1:50 pm 4/27/2023: Routt County Communications issues the following via Routt County Alerts:

RCR 56 is closed from the intersection of CR 52E to Smith Creek Rd due to flooding. No ETA for reopen. Reroute vie CR 56 or CR 54.

UPDATE 11:00 am 4/27/2023: City of Steamboat Springs issues the following press release:

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-April 27, 2023-As temperatures rise and water flows driven by spring runoff continue to ebb and flow, Parks & Recreation has had to close a section of the Yampa River Core Trail at the railroad underpass between Fetcher and Rotary Parks due to high water and flooding.

During spring runoff, rivers and creeks will rise and fall requiring sections of the trail to be closed as water exceeds the banks and floods the pathway. As flows fluctuate, there will be closures and re-routes across the trail system.  

Over the coming weeks, trail users should watch for trail closures at:

  • Railroad underpass between Fetcher & Rotary Parks

            (currently closed)

  • US40 underpass at Walton Creek 
  • US40 underpass at Fish Creek
  • 13th Street underpass at the Bud Werner Memorial Library

These sections and other areas may open/close as the river reaches peak flows over the coming weeks. Please obey all closures, follow the detour routes, and do not try to cross flooded trails or railroad tracks.

UPDATE 7:00 pm 4/24/2023: Town of Hayden issues the following message about flood recovery center:

Dear Hayden Families and Flood Victims, the Town of Hayden in partnership with Routt County Office of Emergency Management will be holding a week long flood recover center hours starting tomorrow April 25, 2023 from 4pm to 6pm at the Hayden Town Hall, 178 West Jefferson Ave, Hayden, CO 81639. At the center entities like American Red Cross, Routt County, United Way of Routt County, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, and others will be there to start helping victims recover. These are the first steps towards long-term recovery but immediate needs may also be addressed. The center will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and if needed Friday April 25 – 28 from 4-6pm. This is a walk in style so please just come in when you can during those hours. If you can’t make any of these times work please email the Town and we can find a time to meet to help. 
We will be starting our community damage assessment tomorrow and moving on those things ASAP. Routt County will be reaching out to folks that signed up at the Town Hall but if you would like a damage assessment at your home please reach out to Town Hall at 970-276-3741. 
Thank you, Mathew Mendisco

UPDATE 6:15 pm 4/13/2023: Routt County is currently experiencing localized flooding due to warmer temperatures and snowmelt. Take steps now to stay safe during and after a flood: 

Flood Preparedness Guides

UPDATE 1:20 pm 4/13/2023: Highway 40 between Craig and Steamboat is open in both directions to all traffic. 

UPDATE 1:18 pm 4/13/2023: Routt County distributes alternate routes and map.

- Media Advisory Alternate Routes
-Map of Alternate Routes

UPDATE 12:20 pm 4/13/2023:  

Update from Colorado Department of Transportation - 11:15 a.m. (4/13) - Floodwaters are receding, and CDOT anticipates potentially being able to reopen today after 12 p.m. Reopening will depend on floodwater conditions. 
Official notification will come from Colorado Department of Transportation and will be shared through Routt County Alerts.

UPDATE 8:20 am 4/13/2023: Highway 40 between Hayden and Steamboat is open to local traffic ONLY. This includes traffic to and from Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

UPDATE 7:30 am 4/13/2023: City of Steamboat Springs announces service limitations. 

SST Regional Service is NOT operating today due to US40 Closure.

UPDATE 7:20 am 4/13/2023: Steamboat School District announces delays to school bus transportation.

Flooding on Highway 40 Impacting School Transportation
Due to delays from road closures on Highway 40, please be advised of potential impacts on school bus transportation routes. Students will be excused for being late or absent due to the road impacts. 
- Sleeping Giants School students should expect delays getting to school.  
Any students on the west side of town who ride routes 7 or 14 will be delayed getting to school. 
- An alternative form of transportation is recommended for students from the Sleepy Bear mobile home park. 
Our transportation teams are out and doing their best to get students to school. We appreciate your patience, and please stay safe getting to school!

UPDATE 5:20 am 4/13/2023: Town of Hayden issues emergency press release regarding flash flooding.

UPDATE 3:30-4:30 am 4/13/2023: Routt County Communications announces road closures.

Update: Highway 40 closed from mile marker 92 to mile marker 130. Motorists advised to seek alternative routes.

Update: Highway 40 closed from mile marker 98 to intersection of Fifth and Jefferson in Hayden. West bound traffic can get to Hayden but no further.

Highway 40 closed from mile marker 98 to mile marker 108 due to flooding.

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