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Frozen culvert causes flooding in Summit Cove

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Summit Daily/Kristin Anderson

SUMMIT COVE ” A frozen culvert caused water backup from a Reynolds Reservoir overflow on Saturday, causing minimal water damage to one Summit Cove home at the intersection of Summit Cove Drive and Hideaway Court and the closure of Summit Drive for part of the day, according to Lake Dillon Fire Rescue public information officer Brandon Williams.

The culvert that usually diverts the water in an overflow situation froze up, causing water to back up, Williams said. The culvert has been reopened and water is flowing.

According to Scott Hummer, water commissioner for the Blue River Basin, two culverts below the main culvert were also partially obstructed. Crews worked from the smaller culverts up to the main culvert to clear the way for water flow.

Williams said the area will be watched by Summit County Road and Bridge through Sunday to make sure the culvert does not refreeze.

No injuries were reported, but Williams cautioned parents to keep an eye on their children in the wetlands area near Summit Cove Elementary. Water is being redirected there and rope closures have been put up to prevent children from cutting through the area on their way to the school.

Williams said because of sandbagging operations, damage was kept to a minimum. Sandbags were also put up at three other houses in the immediate area.

Plow operations were also on scene, Williams said. One, on the south side of the street, focused on making holes to prevent overflow and redirect water. The other, on the north side of the street, was done below the frozen culvert’s channel so crews could see where the water was going after the culvert reopened.

This is the first time a culvert has frozen in the winter, according to Williams.

Hummer said the overflow of Reynolds Reservoir was also a first for this time of year.

“It was kind of a freak thing,” he said. “It was caused by natural spilling. In the past it may have spilled in late March but not in mid February.”

Engine 8 and Engine 11 from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue were on scene, as well as a Sheriff’s Office representative, five members from Summit County Search and Rescue, Roads and Maintenance, and Summit County Ambulance.

“This was a new one and presented a real challenge,” Williams said. “The best thing about it was a bunch of different, diverse departments came together and took care of the situation.”

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