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Study confirms flood threat to trailers

BASALT A second study in two years of Basalt’s flooding potential confirmed that two mobile home parks in the heart of town face high risk, a consultant revealed Thursday night.”The two mobile home parks are in a tough spot. They really are in harm’s way,” said Greg Koch, vice president and principal engineer with Anderson Consulting Services of Fort Collins.Koch told the Basalt Town Council in a work session that his firm concurred with a 2005 study that recommended the Pan and Fork and the Roaring Fork mobile home parks should be relocated. “It’s huge,” Koch said.The trailer parks are home for about 100 families on the banks of the Roaring Fork River. Levees protect the low-lying areas, but they aren’t designed to withstand a big flood, like a 100-year event, Koch said. “You can certainly have catastrophic events occur,” he said.The town’s ongoing dilemma is how to relocate the trailer parks without forcing the residents out of town. David Fiore, owner of the Roaring Fork Mobile Home Park, proposed a new project by Basalt High School that included replacement housing for the trailer park residents. He withdrew the application when it got snagged in land-use red tape.A different project, the Roaring Fork Club’s expansion, proposed replacement housing for Pan and Fork residents, but it also was withdrawn over land-use squabbles that remain unresolved.Basalt officials face the prospect of resolving an issue that really isn’t their doing. The Roaring Fork Mobile Home Park is located in unincorporated Pitkin County; the Pan and Fork is within Pitkin and Eagle counties. The county governments have done nothing to assist relocation, even though the threat has been discussed for years.Residents of both trailer parks have expressed frustration over the uncertainty at various meetings in recent years.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com.


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