Fela Kuti was wrong; water does have enemies..
Flooding overpass at CU campus in Boulder… pic.twitter.com/83Y9GsNpu3— Michael dettinger (@Mdettinger) September 12, 2013
In Colorado, which has dammed nearly all of its rivers, hundreds of dams have become structurally deficient and in need of repairs.
According to a Division of Water Resources report for the year ending in October 2010, 359 dams are classified as high-hazard, meaning that their failure would probably kill people.
The state has dealt with deficiencies in these and other dams by limiting the amount of water they're permitted to hold.
"There are a total of 176 dams restricted from full storage," the state report read, "due to inadequate spillways and various structural deficiencies such as significant leakage, cracking and sliding of embankments."
The state has made some progress since. As of October, 157 dams "remained on the dam-safety restricted-storage list," the division's latest report says.
Those are just the larger dams. Earthen dams less than 10 feet high or capable of holding less than 100 acre-feet of water are classified as nonjurisdictional and not inspected, Schoolmeesters said.
Four of the five Big Elk Meadows dams were classed as too small to inspect. All five failed.
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