Supporting Basalt Apartment Evacuation


Update: Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 9 A.M. – The Red Cross with the help of the Roaring Fork Apartments property management took care of residents who were evacuated do to the water break on Tuesday. Meals were provided Tuesday evening and meetings were held with the residents to determine needs.

By 11 PM Tuesday, the shelter was closed as everyone who registered with the Red Cross found other accommodations.

An evacuation center was opened this morning at 7 A.M. and according to the Red Cross shelter manager, Rheta Strong, the center will remain open until 7 P.M. Wednesday. “The city and property management people will meet today to determine our next steps,” she said. “We [Red Cross] are just here as a stop gap until support from the property owners becomes available.” According to Strong, there were 8 to 10 Red Cross volunteers available to support whatever needs arise. Property management was handling the expense of food and other support for the residents.

Visit the Pitkin County 911 Facebook page or the Eagle County Facebook page for information updates. Follow Red Cross on Twitter as @COWYRedCross.



Basalt, CO, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 4:30 P.M. – The American Red Cross of Western Colorado has opened an evacuation center for people evacuated from the Roaring Fork Apartments. The Eagle County Sheriff issued a mandatory evacuation of the Roaring Fork Apartments on Emma Road because of a water main break.

The evacuation center is at the Basalt Library, 14 Midland Ave., Basalt, CO. Red Cross volunteers are at the evacuation center to provide information and support.

Later this evening an overnight shelter will be opened at the Basalt High School located at 600 Southside Dr., Basalt, CO. The shelter should be open by 7 P.M. and will be open overnight for people affected by the evacuation order. The Aspen Animal Shelter is housing displaced pets. They can be dropped off until 8 p.m.

It is anticipated that the shelter will close at 6:30 A.M. Wednesday due to school operations. At that time the evacuation center will move to the Townhall building located at 101 Midland Ave, Basalt, CO. A decision will be made on Wednesday to determine if a shelter is needed Wednesday night.

Visit the Pitkin County Facebook page or the Eagle County Facebook page for information updates.

Updated information will be sent once the shelter has actually opened. Follow the Colorado & Wyoming Red Cross on Twitter as @COWYRedCross or on Facebook of Western Colorado for the latest updates.