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Flood damage prevents plowing in parts of Boulder County

7:54 PM, Oct 3, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER - Boulder County is warning people living in more than a half dozen mountain communities that they will have to clear their own roads this winter.

The September floods made most roads either impassible or too fragile for county plows.

"A lot of the roads that we've rebuilt are really rough still, and the only way we can clear snow off is with a road grader, which is much slower and more difficult to maneuver than the regular snow plows that we have," Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle said.

The foothill roadways affected in Boulder County:

- Lefthand Canyon between the lower Lefthand fire station (#1) and Sawmill Road
- Lefthand through the town of Ward
- James Canyon between Lefthand Canyon and Jamestown
- Balarat Road
- Gold Run Road between Salina and Summerville
- Lee Hill Road between Deer Trail Road and Lefthand Canyon
- Wagonwheel Gap Road

Boulder County has more than 30 pieces of heavy machinery to clear roadways. The County Transportation Department figures there are 20 to 50 miles of roadway they wouldn't be able to clean right now, due to their conditions.

Once the roads are able to be repaired more, plows will be able to pass over them again.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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