September Floods keeping some rec areas, trails closed

BOULDER COUNTY— At the Button Rock Preserve in Boulder County, sun would normally beckon visitors to the hiking trails and a massive reservoir.

"It's very special to a lot of the people," Water Resources Manager Ken Huson said.

Fun, though, won't be an option here for months to come.

Button Rock Preserve is just one of the recreation areas here in Colorado still closed because of last year's flooding. There was so much damage, it won't reopen for another year.

"It's disappointing to a lot of people, but you know we really don't have a choice. The rangers are going to be so busy rebuilding the trail, getting the woody debris out of the lake," Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs said.

Normally, people would be fishing at this reservoir, but officials estimate there are a whopping 16,000 logs just beneath the surface of the water, which needs to be removed - and that's not all.

"We lost all of our recreation facilities—our outhouses, our signage," Huson said. "We also have construction going on."

There are trails that need repairs, embankments that need to be fortified and there is work to be done on the culverts and roads that washed away.

"We're still getting some heavy construction trucks in here. It would be too confusing and dangerous, and the rangers have enough other things to be worrying about than the normal typical summer," Mayor Coombs said.

So, Button Rock Preserve remains off-limits this Memorial Day and beyond-- in the hopes that by this time next year, it will be ready to welcome back those who enjoy its natural beauty.

For a list of Jefferson County park and trail closures, click here

For the city of Boulder, click here

For Boulder County, click here

For the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, click here

For Rocky Mountain National Park, click here

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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