Flash flood warning in effect | PostIndependent.com

Flash flood warning in effect

The National Weather Service office in Grand Junction issued a flash flood warning until 8:30 p.m. for southeastern Garfield County, north-central Pitkin County and southwestern Eagle County.

The weather service said Doppler radar showed heavy thunderstorms across the area along Highway 82 between Carbondale and Basalt. A storm shortly after 5 p.m. dumped an inch of rain quickly, creating the probability of flash flooding around Carbondale, Basalt, Emma and El Jebel.

The warning includes the Roaring Fork River, Crystal River, Prince Creek, Cattle Creek, East Coulter Creek, Mesa Creek, North Thompson Creek, the Fryingpan River, Crystal Spring Creek, Fisher Creek, West Sopris Creek and Sopris Creek.

The weather service cautioned not to attempt to cross flooded roads. It noted that in hilly terrain, there are hundreds of low-water crossings that are potentially dangerous in heavy rain.

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