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Ice-dam break on Big Thompson prompts downstream surge warning

5:41 PM, Feb 6, 2014   |    comments
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LOVELAND - Residents of the Big Thompson Canyon west of Loveland were briefly put on alert Thursday afternoon after state workers reported an ice dam broke on the river, sending a surge of water rushing downstream.

Emergency responders in the canyon reported a small rise in downstream levels around 1:30 p.m., and they dropped back to normal shortly afterward.

The Larimer Sheriff's Office said the ice-dam break was reported near the 78 mile marker of U.S. Highway 34, and residents downstream were cautioned to stay away from the river. The flood-ravaged town of Drake is about two miles west of mile marker 78.

Emergency responders were staged along the river to monitor it as it flowed past the Dam Store and east into Loveland, but reported no problems as of 2 p.m., and the sheriff's warning to residents was formally canceled about 2:15 p.m.

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