Flood threat rising

GOLDEN, Colo. — Drop by drop, Clear Creek is changing from a block of ice back into a river.

“I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never seen nothing like this before,” said Steve West. “You know we’ve seen some ice dams before but nothing, nothing at all like this.”

In fact, no one in Golden has seen the river freeze since December 1885. The river has redirected itself out of its banks and no one can predict exactly what happens next.

The thawing ice makes for a scenic hazard.

“The ice is definitely up about 10 feet from where the water level is,” said Golden resident Nick Gerson.

In Boulder Creek, there was no sign of ice jamming Thursday.

“If people try to walk on this they could easily fall through, and it’s going to be very difficult to get them out.” said Karlyn Tilley of the Golden Fire Department. “We are definitely keeping an eye on it because you just don’t know what Mother Nature’s going to do.”