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Release Date: 08/28/14
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist; (970) 876-9008    

BLM reminds visitors to use caution; many roads impassable due to rain

CRAIG, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office is urging the public to use caution this holiday weekend as recent rains have left many roads across BLM impassable, and the danger of local flash-flooding remains.

“Recent storms have caused road-washouts and flash-flooding on public lands throughout Moffat and Routt counties,” said Acting Little Snake Field Manager Tim Wilson. “If your plans for the weekend included visiting BLM-managed lands, use extreme caution when traveling these routes and be alert to changing weather conditions.”

Several visitors have reported being temporarily stranded due to flash-flooding this past week. Because the ground is saturated from the rain, flash-flooding remains a concern if additional storms hit the area. Driving on saturated roads may also cause significant road damage and increased erosion.

“It's a good idea to let friends or relatives know where you plan to be as cell phone service can be spotty in many parts of these areas,” Wilson said.

BLM maintains multiple Remote Automated Weather Stations throughout Moffat and Routt counties, which show an average of nearly two inches of precipitation during the past seven days.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 08-28-2014