Evacuations lifted in Golden after fears of water released by broken ice dam

GOLDEN, Colo. - The City of Golden's fire department has lifted the evacuation order issued earlier Tuesday evening as a wall of water released from a broken ice dam approached the city.

Meanwhile, the fire department is warning that "water on [the] on roadways will cause a lot of ice by morning."

The Clear Creek RV park at the end of 10th Street and the nearby Clear Creek Condos were included in the  evacuation order.

The Red Cross briefly opened a shelter for the evacuees, and ten people had checked in as of 10 p.m. -- just a few minutes before the evacuation was lifted.

7NEWS crews report the water did flow outside the banks of Clear Creek and the fire department reports "minor flooding" near the RV park.

The National Weather Service reports Clear Creek rose three feet in 15 minutes at Golden Tuesday evening.

"Water is rising, but not [the] wall of water as feared," the Golden Fire Department tweeted at 9:41 p.m.

The concerns began when Clear Creek County issued a warning after the ice dam broke near Idaho Springs earlier Tuesday.

There was earlier concern about flooding near the Twin Tunnels, but that did not occur.

7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger recorded this YouTube video of the rushing water at 7:50 p.m.  He was standing beside Highway 6 near Tunnel 1. The water rushes past him about 20 seconds into the clip.

--Mobile users can find the video at http://ch7ne.ws/18BshCm

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