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Video: Ice dam breaks apart on Big Thompson River

Ice dam breaks up on Big Thompson River. Courtesy: CDOT

Ice dam breaks up on Big Thompson River. Courtesy: CDOT

DENVER — Several feet of freezing water broke through an ice dam Thursday afternoon on the Big Thompson River next to U.S. 34.

A Colorado Department of Transportation worker shot video as the ice dam broke apart and the water in the river started rushing downstream.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office briefly issued a warning to residents in case the water would have flowed out of its banks.

But that didn’t happen and there were no problems reported.