Rifle residents evacuated as Government Creek floods | PostIndependent.com

Rifle residents evacuated as Government Creek floods

Looks like they’re going to stop praying for rain in Rifle.

Approximately 30 homes were evacuated Thursday night as Rifle experienced flooding from Government Creek and the Yellowslide Gulch area, according to Darryl Meisner, Rifle chief of police.

There were no reported injuries.

An evacuation center was set up at Rifle High School. It was staffed by The Red Cross and Garfield County Public Health nurses.

Flooding affected mostly Lamplighter Trailer Park, Bookcliff RV Park, Park Avenue, and low-lying areas along Government and Rifle creeks, according to Meisner.

Some bridges and culverts were affected by the flooding, and assessments began late Thursday night. After sunrise today, assessments will continue with the aid of daylight.

The flooding was caused by heavy rains which began at approximately 7:30 Thursday evening. Meisner said the rain was “close to the rain we had in 1994” which caused debris flows along the Interstate 70 corridor.

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