Flood

Jail inmates fill sandbags to help prevent flooding below 416 Fire burn area

Inmates at the La Plata County Jail are assisting in a new service to help bring sandbags to residents whose homes are at risk of flooding from heavy rains on the 416 Fire burn scar. La Plata...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thursday storm causes mild flooding in Animas Valley

A fast-moving storm dumped a half-inch of rain in 20 minutes Thursday on the 416 Fire burn scar, but residents in the area north of Durango escaped serious damage from flooding. Butch Knowlton,...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County homeowners get glimpse of federal flood aid program

Homeowners whose property was damaged by floods coming from the burn scar of the 416 Fire got a tutorial Thursday evening about a federal program that could help with projects to protect their...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flood damage misses threshold to qualify for FEMA funding

The dollar amount of damage from floods and debris flows caused by a weeklong storm system in La Plata County and across the state, about $4.3 million, fell well short of the $7.3 million the state...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Housing Solutions loans can help flood victims

When mud flooded Dixie Sandoval’s home in 2013, the damage was so extensive she thought she would have to find a new home. The flood was caused from the culverts behind her home in the Arboles...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State, federal officials assess flood damage in La Plata County

State and federal officials visited La Plata County earlier this week to do a joint, preliminary damage assessment on areas affected by flooding near the 416 Fire’s burn scar. Local officials...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We freak out every time a raindrop falls’

HERMOSA – It took about 20 minutes to forever change the lives of residents in Pines Townhomes. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. July 24, rain hit the burn scar of the 416 Fire, sending a torrent of mud...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

HERMOSA – The weather Monday morning was sunny and calm, with no monsoonal thunderstorms in the forecast. Looking east across the Animas Valley, observers would think that nothing ever happened....

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite last week’s incidents to Animas River, rafters undeterred

The Animas River has received a barrage of incidents over the past week, but Durango’s rafting industry remains undeterred. The biggest problem the rafting industry faces isn’t the incidents...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeowners and businesses begin recovery from flood

Abby Fry may be only 4 years old, but she is motivated to start cleaning up after flooding damaged her family’s apartment. Since Tuesday’s floods, mudslides and debris flows, Abby can be seen in...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Post-burn study begins for Burro Fire

Fire recovery specialists have begun assessing the impacts of the Burro Fire, which scorched 4,593 acres in Bear Creek Canyon northeast of Dolores. Recent rains have led to nearly 100 percent...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

For one Durango couple, new concrete wall kept them safe from mudslides

As heavy rain caused flooding, rockslides and mudslides Tuesday night, Fran and John Reynolds felt a little more settled than they might otherwise have. The Reynolds live on U.S. Highway 550, about...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News