Flood watch issued for Conejos County

CONEJOS COUNTY– As expected, due to heavy snowmelt, Conejos County is under a county wide flood watch with several areas already flooding, according to the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office. Low lying areas are now under water and conditions will continue to deteriorate for the next several days.

Conejos County has numerous road closures according to Road and Bridge Supervisor Donnie Martinez. Road and Bridge personnel, the County Commissioner’s, sheriff’s personnel and Emergency Manager Rodney King are working around the clock to ensure the safety of citizens.

“We would all ask that the public be patient as we are unable to perform road maintenance until the water recedes,” read a press release from the sheriff.

“We would like to remind people to be aware and prepared for voluntary evacuations if necessary. It is advised that people living in areas that are in danger of flooding or have medical conditions, prepare an emergency ‘Go Bag’ containing medication, money, and important documents.”

During flood watch or warning

  1. Gather emergency supplies, including non-perishable food and water. Store at least 1 gallon of drinking water per day for each person and pet.
  2. Listen to your local radio and please make sure you are signed up with Everbridge, Conejos County’s emergency notification system.
  3. For information you can go to conejoscounty.colorado.gov or to Conejos County Sheriff’s Facebook Page.
  4. If it looks like you need to evacuate, turn off all utilities at the main switch and close the main gas valve.
  5. Leave the areas subject to flooding such as low spots, canyons, washes etc.

After Flooding Occurs

  1. Do not drive through flooded areas or standing water, cars or other vehicles will not protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water
  2. Do not drink flood water, or use it to wash dishes, brush teeth, or wash or prepare food. (Drink clean safe water).
  3. If you evacuated, return home only after local authorities have given the ok to do so.
  4. Listen for boil water advisories. Local authorities will let you know if your water is safe for drinking.
  5. When in doubt, throw it out. Throw away any food or bottled water that comes or may have contacted floodwater.
  6. Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Use generators at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vents.