Snowpack levels around the state as of March 19, 2014.
Credit National Resources Conservation Service / U.S.D.A
A combination of higher than average snowpack and saturated ground from the September 2013 flood has raised the risk of spring runoff flooding in the Saint Vrain, and Boulder Creek, Big Thompson and the upper Cache La Poudre River drainages.
Colorado’s historic floods, coupled with the 2012 wildfires, were especially punishing for many Northern Colorado recreation areas. Six months after the water receded, officials with the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest are still working to gauge the extent of the damage.
The Higland Ditch Company is spending $1.5 million fixing the heart of its canal system along the St. Vrain River outside Lyons, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media
When September’s flood waters came down the Front Range foothills, it unleashed tremendous pressure on an aging irrigation infrastructure, some of which dated back to the late 1800s. As the weather warms, it’ll be a race to mend the damaged or destroyed ditches before the snow starts to melt.