Flooding causing dam safety concerns in Colorado

Heavy rains have caused flash flooding in areas surrounding Denver, causing problems at several dams located in the Big Elk Meadows area.

Local sources said waters topped at least four dams, with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office reporting Meadow Lake Dam had broken early this morning via its Twitter feed.

The office said the amount of water released by Meadow Lake Dam is “believed to be relatively small”, though waters elsewhere are still expected to rise due to intentional releases from other dams.

Officials from Boulder County, which borders Larimer County to the south, said waters approached the tops of some of its dams. The officials did not report whether any were ever breached, however, and the county’s office is closed today due to the flooding.

The flooding has resulted in two deaths so far, though it is unclear if either of those are related to the dam breaches or failure.

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