Boulder apartment residents allowed to return home after ice chunks cause ditch to flood

Official: Ice chunks dam ditch, causing flooding

BOULDER, Colo. - Residents at two or three Boulder apartments were allowed to return home on Monday night after authorities briefly evacuated the buildings when chunks of ice clogged an irrigation ditch, causing it to flood.

Officials told 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart that ice dammed Anderson Ditch, causing water to spill over its banks close to  the apartments in the 300 block of Arapahoe Avenue.

Authorities ordered the evacuations on a snowy night because of concerns that rising water overflowing the ditch could cause an embankment to give away, police told the Daily Camera.

According to police dispatchers, about 20 to 30 people were evacuated.

Residents began reporting the rising water to 911 about 7:30 p.m., Boulder police Sgt. Pat Wyton told the newspaper.

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