Snow melt, thunderstorms raise potential for flooding in Boulder County, officials warn

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - Boulder County Emergency Management officials are asking homeowners to monitor nearby creeks and their property for potential flooding this weekend.

Warmer temperatures increasing snow melt this weekend combined with possible thundershowers next week could trigger some flooding, said emergency management director Mike Chard.

 "Call 911.  We'll send a deputy out. They will evaluate the situation," Chard advised residents.

Damage from last year's 500-year flood in Boulder County is still evident in Lefthand Canyon.

 "The water was up as high as these small bushes down here," canyon resident Jim Fitzgerald said of the September 2013 flooding.

Water seeped into the home he's owned for 40 years and totaled his backyard.

"This under here was a tennis court prior to the flood," said Fitzgerald, pointing to damage in his yard.

Authorities have cleared flood debris from Left Hand Creek and installed new culverts to prevent flooding.

Fitzgerald is confident the reinforcements will stand. Yet he and his neighbors will always be watching the water.

 "Everybody's participating as much as we can," he said.

Chard says every canyon in Boulder County is vulnerable.

However, recent removal of fallen trees, rocks and other debris should significantly reduce the risk, he added.

 Chard says temporary roads face the greatest risk of damage.

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