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Rivers and Runoff Resources

In the Estes Valley, spring runoff typically starts in April and peaks in June. Each spring there is a chance that warmer temperatures and higher than average snow packs will result in higher flows and rising water levels along streams and rivers throughout the Estes Valley. This page will provide resources to citizens of the Estes Valley on how to protect their private property.


Sand bags:  Contact SERVE 6.8 at info@serve68.org or 970-231-6445 and check with local hardware stores.

Tips for preparing

Don't want for an emergency to prepare your property for spring runoff

Video: April 21 Runoff Preparedness Meeting

Meeting Agenda

Town of Estes Park information, tips and resources

National Weather Service forecast

Bureau of Reclamation Colorado-Big Thompson Project presentation

Larimer County Recovery and Preparedness Bulletin

Video: April 21 Fall River/Fish Creek River Restoration Coalition Meetings

River restoration projects overview presentation




Sign up for enhanced emergency notifications

Fall River Coalition information on Facebook

Fish Creek Coalition information on Facebook

Larimer County Long-Term Flood Recovery

Bureau of Reclamation's Lake Estes and Olympus Dam Facebook Page

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Flood Related Resources by Larimer County & CSU Extension Services

Big Thompson River stream gages above Lake Estes and below Lake Estes

CDOT's US 36 reconstruction information

Estes Valley Library preparedness programs




ArcGIS map of temporary floodplain projects prior to spring runoff in the Estes Valley

Estes Valley Flood Hazard Map - overlays FEMA flood hazard information on a map showing property lines in the Estes Valley Development Code area.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps

Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for the Estes Park area

Streams and Rivers Map