Small vacation cabin slowly toppling into Main Elk Creek |

Small vacation cabin slowly toppling into Main Elk Creek

Post Independent Staff Report
Glenwood Springs, CO, Colorado
Jury Jerome Post Independent

NEW CASTLE, Colo. – A summer vacation cabin has all but fallen into Main Elk Creek about five miles north of New Castle, as a result of high water and a nearby, temporary dam formed by fallen trees.

The fallen trees reportedly caused the surging stream to back up and overtop the banks, then to flow downhill and undermine the ground beneath the cabin.

The cabin has been in place on private property for about 20 years. It belongs to a Fruita woman whose name was not available, according to Wyatt Keesbery of the road and bridge department.

Currently, he said, the cabin is about 25 percent in the creek, with the remainder on the bank of the creek, which is being further undermined by high flows in the creek.

Keesbery said that if the cabin falls entirely into the creek, it could wash down and threaten a private bridge a short distance downstream.

But, Keesbery noted, “The levels in Main Elk are dropping, so that’s the good news.”

No one was in the cabin when the episode began, and no one was injured as a result.

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