Colorado safety engineers reinspecting deficient dams after record rains

DENVER - Colorado's most dangerous dams all withstood a record rainfall test.

That's the good news from a week of flood deaths, washed-out highways and evacuation orders that chased thousands of people from their homes.

But in the slower-moving world of reservoir storage, the time of trouble may not be over. Safety engineers have been unable to reach many of the dams above closed roads, relying instead on phone calls with dam owners onsite.

Statewide, 167 dams have water-storage restrictions because of structural deficiencies, and some probably exceeded their permitted storage levels during the flooding. Others could have been damaged when flood waters poured down their emergency spillways.

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