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RBC I Record accumulations of snow coupled with a forecast of warmer weather in the week ahead has many officials worried about the potential for high water and flooding across much of the White River National Forest and its surroundings.
These conditions have prompted the Forest Service to urge all users of the White River National Forest to exercise caution when traveling forest roads and trails, especially those running along streams and rivers.
According to Rich Doak, recreation staff officer for the White River National Forest, “Stream crossings can be particularly dangerous as they can change radically during the day. Warming weather will cause rapidly increasing snow melt and run off as the day progresses. This can cause stream levels to rise quickly and without warning. The public is also cautioned against dispersed camping in low lying areas adjacent to streams.”
Across the White River National Forest, many higher elevation roads, trails and recreation facilities remain closed because of snow conditions. Lower elevation roads that are open are likely to be wet and muddy. Vehicle operators should slow down and drive with caution to avoid accidents and minimize damage to vehicles and road surfaces. The public is urged to respect all seasonal road, trail and area closures.
Some lower elevation campgrounds opened for the Memorial Day weekend but may be subject to emergency closures should changing conditions, such as flooding, warrant. Up-to-date information about which facilities are open can be obtained by going to www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver. Up-to-date weather information including current advisories, watches and warnings can be obtained at www.nws.noaa.gov/.