Campgrounds, roads, river closed due to high water

VALLEY– What began with minor flood Friday evening, resulted in several campgrounds and roads being closed in Mineral and Rio Grande counties over the weekend.

With over 350 percent of normal snowfall in the mountains, counties throughout the Valley have been monitoring rising water levels in the river and creeks.

As of Monday, the Rio Grande River was closed for “vessels and watersport activities through Rio Grande and Mineral counties,” according to Emily Brown, public information officer for Rio Grande County. It is estimated that the river will stay closed until water levels are safe, hope-fully sometime later this week.

A flood watch remains in effect for the San Luis Valley until Wednesday morning.

Strong thunderstorms were moving into the Valley late Monday afternoon that could exacer-bate the swelling area creeks and river.

Voluntary evacuations are in effect for the Fun Valley Family Resort in South Fork, the lower Campground of Woods and River RV Park & Campground in Del Norte, and Jasper. The National Forest Service also closed the Park Creek campground, Park Creek Road 380 and East Willow Creek Road 502.2 above North Creede in Mineral County.  Forest Service Road 250 is closed two miles east of Jasper, along with the Del Norte Riverwalk Trail.

The National Forest Service reported that the Comstock, Ivy Creek, Park Creek, Rio Grande and Rock Creek campgrounds are closed.

In Mineral County and the Rio Grande National Forest Service are reporting closures.