Evacuations Ordered Around Lake Christine Burn Scar

August 4, 2019

Heavy rain caused mudslides and flooding near the town of Basalt Sunday afternoon and a flash flood warning has been extended until 11:45 p.m. 

Evacuations were ordered for areas near the Lake Christine burn scar, with officials alerting people to shelter in place or seek higher ground. The Aspen Times reports that crews had to free people from cars trapped between several mudslides on Frying Pan Road. The road was eventually reopened after being closed for several hours. 

The National Weather Service is calling for light to moderate rain Sunday night, with the possibility of afternoon showers again on Monday. 

No injuries or property damage has been reported. An evacuation center is open at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. 

The flooding is centered on areas that burned during last year's Lake Christine Fire, which charred more than 12,000 acres and destroyed three homes.

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