VAIL, Colo. (CBS4) – Flash flooding is making a mess in parts of Vail. There were no injuries or evacuations, but four properties were stuck with a nasty clean-up.

Mocha latte is the color of the water in the Evergreen Lodge swimming pool. What looks like chocolate is actually mud.

“It’s a lot of mud that needs to be cleaned and it’s a lot of work,” Evergreen Lodge General Manager Chris Hanen said.

The Vail Public Library also fell victim to the flooding. By the time the staff there realized what was happening it was too late.

“The water had already seeped in past our display table over into our periodical lounge and I was just amazed,” town librarian Lori Barnes said.

Creeks already swollen from runoff were pushed out of their banks by a cloudburst.

“I was told there was microburst up on the mountain,” Hanen said. “With the waters running the way they are it was that little bit extra that caused the problems.”

The basement was hardest hit at the library. Fortunately the book collections were mostly spared.

“I looked out in where we just had a bake sale two days ago and the guys, the fire department guys, were just kind of swimming knee deep,” Barnes said.

Clean-up could keep the town library closed through Thursday.

The Lodge at Lionshead and Dobson Ice Area were also impacted but remained open.

Fast work by sandbagging crews kept the damage from getting worse.


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