LOVELAND - The City of Loveland is partnering with local firms to move the flow of the Big Thompson River. A river that rendered unusable two of the city's three water pipelines during flooding.
The Big Thompson River shifted course during the flooding and rushed into a meadow, where the pipelines, from the city's water treatment plant, had been underground.
"Behind the equipment one of the water lines has broke. The other water line we believe [is] compromised," said Tanner Randall, a civil engineer with the City of Loveland. "We were very concerned, because water lines to be stable must be embedded."
On Tuesday afternoon, boulders the size of small cars were being picked up and dropped into the river. It was all part of a coordinated effort to build a dike and divert the "new" Big Thompson River back to its original course.
The pipeline being used by the city is in the course of the river's flow.
"If we don't get our line stabilized and ensure it is safe, there will be no water flowing to the city of Loveland," said Randall.
The cooperation, between city officials and local firms, is nothing short of remarkable, officials say.
"It normally doesn't happen in a day's worth of time, to come up with a design and mobilize equipment, to get out here and do this kind of work. Typically, this would take months and months of preparation, if not years," said Randall.
The goal is to build the dike and get the water flowing away from the city's pipeline. Randall says the long-term engineering plan will be more sophisticated and take a lot more time.
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