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Crews divert spring runoff to avoid flooding Leadville homes

Crews in Leadville worked overnight to divert spring runoff from flooding homes on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Credit: John Holm)

Crews in Leadville worked overnight to divert spring runoff from flooding homes on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Credit: John Holm)

LEADVILLE, Colo. — In a preview of what’s likely to come, crews worked overnight to divert quick spring runoff away from homes that otherwise would have flooded.

The Lake County Office of Emergency Management said Leadville/Lake County Fire and Rescue and Search and Rescue rushed to fill sandbags as dikes and trenches were built in a housing development off U.S. 24.

There has been rapid snow melt the past few days and there was a risk to several homes. The sandbags created a dam and diversion to move the water back to the natural streams that flow into the Arkansas River.

“The quick work of all involved prevented the houses from flooding,” officials posted on Facebook on Tuesday morning.

Officials are asking residents “to look around your property for ice dams and clogged drainage ditches as we experience continued warm weather.”