Left Hand Creek: Crews are racing against the start of irrigation season to reconnect facilities to the creek #COflood

Left Hand Creek September 2013 via Piper Bayard
Left Hand Creek September 2013 via Piper Bayard

From TheDenverChannel.com (Russell Haythorn):

The floods destroyed or badly damaged 12 of the head gates along Left Hand Creek. Those gates were used to divert water into smaller canals and out to farms for irrigation or reservoirs for drinking.

“All five of our reservoirs are offline, meaning we cannot get water into the reservoirs,” Left Hand Ditch Company Vice President Terry Plummer says.

In some places, the old creek bed is now dry and the water is flowing along a new path. If it doesn’t get diverted back into the original channel, Plummer says even the repaired gates can’t be used.

“There is no other option here,” he said. “It has to be repaired. This is people’s livelihood.”

The price of repair is estimated at $3.25 million.

So far, the Williamson Canal is nearly complete.

“We put the river back in its bed, rebuilt the banks,” Plummer said.

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