Crews Work To Avoid Flooding Problem In Housing Development Near Leadville

LEADVILLE, Colo. (CBS4) – Spring melt is causing concerns in the mountains as creeks and rivers start to rise.

Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue, Search and Rescue and Lake County Public Works responded Monday evening to a housing development off Highway 24 to mitigate a flooding situation.

(credit: John Holm/Lake County Office of Emergency Management)

(credit: John Holm/Lake County Office of Emergency Management)

“This occurred because of the snow melting quickly in the last few days. There was potential risk to several homes,” the Lake County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement.

John Holm shared pictures of flooding with the Lake County Office of Emergency Management.

Crews and neighbors scrambled to build a dam and divert water to keep it from flooding the homes near Leadville.

“The personnel filled sandbags and placed them to create a damn and diversion so that the water would return to the natural streams and flow into the Arkansas,” Emergency Management said.

The flooding was limited to a specific area and the problem has been mitigated.

Emergency Management asked residents to look around their property for ice dams and clogged drainage ditches.

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