Freezing river threatens to flood Meeker
January 18, 2007
Aspen, CO Colorado
MEEKER, Colo. ” Recent temperatures as low as 30 degrees below zero were threatening to partially freeze the White River and cause it to back up and flood parts of this northwestern town, north of Rifle.
Residents of a mobile home park were advised to evcauate and the Red Cross set up a shelter at Meeker Town Hall, Rio Blanco County sheriff’s officials said in a statement.
So-called fazzle ice, which sticks to the side of the banks, extends some 30 miles west of the town, officials said.
“It’s not like a huge block of ice that’s going to break free,” said Town Manager Sharon Day. Each winter, the river freezes up “like a big slushy,” said Day, adding that bitter cold temperatures this year have added to the concern.