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As storms roll out, flood concerns on the rise

DENVER — After storms moved across Colorado on Wednesday night, a lot of neighborhoods now are worried about flooding, especially after last summer’s historic floods.

The rain that fell is quickly filling creeks and rivers across the state, and that has many residents on edge.

Kathy Burks and her family moved back in their home five days ago after months of recovery. Now they have their sandbags ready to go just in case. But hopefully they won’t need them. Crews finished widening and reinforcing the river banks last week.

“If we have a normal spring runoff and a normal amount of rain, we anticipate that the work we’ve done should be adequate to get us through this spring runoff,” said Victoria Simonsen, the town administrator in Lyons.

North of Lyons on Thursday, crews were expected to demolish six homes along the Big Thompson River seriously damaged in those September floods. Those homes are at risk of washing downstream.

But because of the rain, crews have postponed tearing down two of them because the water is too high in that area.

Severe storms brought heavy rain, hail, snow in the foothills and tornadoes across the Front Range on Wednesday. There is a lull in the storms Thursday morning, but more rain is in the forecast for later Thursday.