EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4)– People living in Evergreen are concerned about the rising levels of Bear Creek this week, after it went over its banks during the 2013 September floods.

The water levels have reached nearly the bottom of the foot bridge. Many are concerned if the rain continues, the creek will flood.

“This water all came through here, went up into there and through the building,” said Cactus Jack’s Saloon and Grill owner Gary Mitchell.

Bear Creek on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

Bear Creek on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

In September 2013, the restaurant took a direct hit from the flood waters.

“This is all new, the foundation is all new, the electrical cost more than $500,000,” said Mitchell.

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As the water in Bear Creek continues to rise, those close to the creek are concerned.

“To put it in perspective, these trees would normally not be in the water,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell is worried that his business could flood once again, “It is wait and see, right now and hope for the best. Hope it does not happen. If it does, I’m going to be much more ready for it than the last time.”

Mitchell said last time he did not have flood insurance, but now he does. He is also planning on bringing in several truck loads of sandbags to place along his property lines in case that water does start to spill over its banks.


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