Flash flood warning expires for areas around Lake Christine Fire; no reports of major issues | AspenTimes.com

Flash flood warning expires for areas around Lake Christine Fire; no reports of major issues

Warning signs were posted in Basalt on the way up Frying Pan Road on Tuesday night after the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the area around the Lake Christine Fire.
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A flash flood warning that was issued for areas around the Lake Christine Fire expired without reports of any major issues late Tuesday night.

In an update at 8:15 p.m., the National Weather Service said up to a half-inch of rain had fallen on the burn area and radar “indicated showers capable of producing additional heavy rain across and in the vicinity of the warned area. … Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.”

However, the Basalt Police Department said during the evening there were no major issues.

The area and much of western Colorado has been under a flash flood watch since 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. That watch goes until noon Wednesday.

According to the watch: “Thunderstorms with rainfall rates in excess of 1 inch per hour are possible over several burn scars across western Colorado. These rainfall rates may lead to flash flooding, mud slides, and debris flows.”

The initial flash flood warning for the Basalt area, sent out just before 7 p.m. from the NWS Grand Junction office, and was in effect until 9:45 p.m. for southwestern Eagle County.

“At 6:48 p.m., Doppler radar indicated showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Lake Christine Fire burn scar east of Highway 82 and north of the Fryingpan River near El Jebel and Basalt,” the warning said. “Flash flooding and mudslides are expected to begin shortly.”

According to the weather service, the “excessive rainfall” Tuesday over the burn area likely could cause debris flows and mudslides coming from the higher areas into El Jebel and across the Frying Pan Road.

“Runoff and debris flows will also impact Cattle Creek,” according to the warning. “Debris flows can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.”


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