For Immediate Release April 22, 2014
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Spring Runoff Making Its Way to Longmont Creeks
April 22, 2014 - As temperatures rise, snow in the mountains is melting and beginning its journey down to Longmont’s reservoirs, ditches, creeks, and streams. For the City of Longmont, 2014 spring runoff is officially underway.
The City’s Water Resources staff will be progressively releasing more water through Button Rock Dam throughout the week. As this water is released, much of it is initially diverted to various ditches throughout Longmont. The Oligarchy Ditch is now moving flows to McIntosh Lake and Union Reservoir. As the flows run through such ditches, residents are reminded to stay out of these structures, especially since first flows can carry some debris. Once ditches reach their optimal flows, the runoff will then travel through town along St. Vrain and Left Hand creeks.
Residents should not be alarmed as flows along local creeks begin to rise. According to Public Works and Natural Resources Director, Dale Rademacher, “this is a good thing to bring down the snow pack sooner than later at a more controlled rate.”
The City recently launched a series of Flood Preparedness webpages as part of its flood information website, bit.ly/flood-info. The Flood Preparedness pages serve as an online resource for residents to review spring runoff preparations undertaken by the City, use real-time condition monitoring tools, learn more about factors that can lead to flooding, and, most importantly, understand how to stay informed.