Jun 9, 2010 1:57 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Snowmelt causing havoc around Colorado

Torrential spring runoff has washed over north central and northeast Colorado, wiping out bridges, flooding homes and swelling waterways.

In Boulder County, a bridge where crews had been clearing debris partially collapsed and bike paths along Boulder Creek have been closed. A dive team is on call in case anyone is swept away.

In Vail, 15 homes have flood damage and 2,000 sandbags have been used to reinforce river banks. Fire Chief Mark Miller says the waters appear to be receding, but portions of recreation paths remain closed.

City officials plan to remove a bike bridge damaged by high water.

Unseasonably hot weather has quickly melted snow in the mountains, causing rivers to rise rapidly and flood. Thunderstorms late Tuesday brought the threat of more water and spawned at least one tornado on the eastern plains. No damage was reported.


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