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Summit County Emergency Blog

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May 31

Exercise Day 2

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 11:08 AM by Julie Sutor

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Update at 11:08 AM on 5/31/19

Reminder that a press briefing is scheduled for 12:00 PM MST today, 5.31.19. It will be streamed live on the county's Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/SummitCountyGov/

If you are unable to watch, a detailed summary will be posted here shortly after. 

Update at 9:02 AM on 5/31/19

As of 9:00 AM on Friday, 5/31, all evacuations have been lifted and the road to Montezuma is open. St. Anthony's Summit Medical Center has resumed normal operations. 

Due to the contamination, officials are advising people and animals to continue to avoid contact with water in the Dillon Reservoir, Peru Creek and Snake River. Water is still being tested by the Environmental Protection Agency and results will be released as soon as they are known. 


Keystone area visitors and residents are still advised to not drink the water if it comes from the Snake River Water District or if it is coming from a private well. Private well owners can contact Summit County Environmental Health at 970-668-4070 to have their water tested. Results could take up to three days and owners will be notified immediately. 

The Snake River Water District extends from Montezuma Road to Landfill and Soda Ridge Roads in Keystone, CO. The River Course at Keystone is also included in the Snake River Water District. This does not affect the Summit Cove neighborhood or Summit Cove Elementary (East Dillon Water District). 


Potable water is being distributed by the Red Cross from 7 AM to 8 PM Friday and Saturday in two locations: At the intersection of Highway 6 and Tennis Club Road in the Keystone Ski Resort Employee Center Parking Lot, and River Run Parking Lot (Keystone) in the northeast corner.     

The Red Cross and Breckenridge Recreation Center at 880 Airport Road are providing facilities for free showers. 


County officials are continuing to work with the county hazmat team, EPA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to clean up the river.  

The public may contact 970-668-9730 with questions.

A press briefing is scheduled for 12:00 PM MST on Friday, 5.31.19. It will be streamed on Facebook live, here: https://www.facebook.com/SummitCountyGov/


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May 30

Exercise message 1

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 2:50 PM by Julie Sutor

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This is a TEST of the Summit County emergency blog.

2:45 A.M.:

Snake River Water District water is being tested to confirm whether it is safe to drink, and it may take up to three days to get test results. The Snake River Water District extends from Montezuma Road to Landfill and Soda Ridge Roads in Keystone, CO. The River Course at Keystone is also included in the Snake River Water District.


The American Red Cross will provide bottled water from 7 am-8 am and 7 pm-8 pm on May 31 and June 1, in addition to distribution on May 30 from 5 - 6 pm, at the following locations: At the intersection of Highway 6 and Tennis Club Road in the Keystone Ski Resort Employee Center Parking Lot. River Run Parking Lot (Keystone) in the northeast corner.


 2:01 P.M.:

St. Anthony's Medical Summit Medical Center has seen 27 patients. 12 were treated and discharged. 5 were admitted and are in stable condition. 3 have been transported by Flight for Life to Denver. 7 are in the Emergency Department awaiting likely discharge. 

STATEMENT FROM DENVER WATER: "We continue to monitor the situation along with public health and local agencies and can assure Denver Water customers their drinking water is safe. Denver Water’s work to provide the highest quality water begins well before it reaches the treatment plants. Denver Water takes more than 35,000 samples and performs nearly 70,000 tests every year throughout its system, from the mountain streams to city taps." 

The American Red Cross will provide bottled water from 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. tonight at the following locations:


*         At the intersection of Hwy 6 and Tennis Club Road in the Keystone Ski Resort Employee Center parking lot


*         River Run Parking Lot (Keystone) in the northeast corner


The Breckenridge Recreation Center at 880 Airport Road in Breckenridge is currently available for showers at no cost to those impacted by this incident. 



 12:41 P.M.: 
St. Anthony's Summit Medical Center is currently under controlled facility access. All visitors must check in with security at the front entrance. A decontamination area has been set up near the Emergency Ambulance entrance. 

St. Anthony Summit is caring for three patients suspected to have been exposed to chemicals from the reported spill, with additional patients anticipated. At this time, there is no health danger to staff or patients. Controlled facility access is a precautionary measure intended to protect the health and well-being of all hospital visitors, patients, and caregivers. If you are experiencing respiratory issues, please seek immediate medical attention. 


12:00 P.M: 
Summit Fire and EMS, Denver Water, a Designated Emergency Response Authority (DERA) from High Country Training Center are responding to a hazardous materials incident in Peru Creek near Montezuma at 11:30 a.m. on May 30, 2019. 

Due to contaminated water in the Snake River, Summit County Public Health officials recommend that the public avoid contact with the Snake River and Peru Creek.  Officials are also recommending that Snake River Water users not consume the water from their taps and avoid any contact until further notice. Officials are working with state and federal partners to investigate the source of the contamination and eliminate it.  Officials are also investigating the risk posed to the public and will provide further information as it becomes available.



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Mar 07

I-70 open between Frisco and Vail

Posted on March 7, 2019 at 7:22 PM by Julie Sutor

Latest update from CDOT, 7 p.m.:
  • I-70 is now open between Frisco and Vail in both directions.
  • CO 91, between Copper Mountain and Leadville, is expected to open in the next two hours.
  • US 6 Loveland Pass remains closed.
  • Avalanche risk remains throughout the corridor. CDOT and CAIC will be monitoring the situation throughout the night. Travel is discouraged, but if you must, use extreme caution. CDOT will be reducing speeds through some areas as a safety precaution.
Should you encounter an avalanche or powder cloud while driving:
  • Reduced speeds
  • Pull over to shoulder if possible
  • Turn off your vehicle
  • Remain in your car, first responders will come to you
  • If you have cell phone service, call for help
With another wave of weather expected tomorrow, please anticipate avalanche mitigation in the morning and the potential for road closures. Make sure you are prepared with emergency kit and adequate traction.