Multiple large avalanches in Lake City's backcountry this winter have covered roadways and deposited massive amounts of debris including large rocks and trees into Henson Creek and the Lake Fork river. Concerns for flooding have made it unsafe for any travel beyond the gates on CR 30 (the lake road) and CR 20 (the Henson Creek road). Anyone traveling on CR 20 or recreating along Henson Creek in any area up to the closed gate should be aware of their surroundings at all times, including changes in weather as well as the condition of Henson Creek and road conditions.
A Unified Coordination Group provided by the Colorado Emergency Operations Center and coordinated by Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management through a state emergency declaration has been deployed to Hinsdale County due to flood threats. The primary missions for the Unified Coordination group are to: 1) Mitigate threat from avalanche debris, and 2) Give community members tools and information to help prepare themselves for flood events.