Denver Water Closes Dillon Dam Indefinitely

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver water officials have indefinitely closed the road that crosses the top of Dillon Dam in Frisco because of security concerns.

Water commissioner Penfield Tate said Tuesday that there's no known imminent threat to the summit county dam, however he said the utility is concerned there would be ``catastrophic consequences'' if the dam was targeted in an attack.

The Dam Road is one of only three east-west byways in the county, and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office estimates 8,500 vehicles travel across the road each day.

The move angered summit county officials, who weren't warned in an advance of the decision.


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  • by John Location: Frisco on Jul 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    This is a CHEAP and easy way out for the DWA. It certainly poses a problem for Summit Co., since I-70 is frequently closed during the winter. DWA also has not shown cause for doing this. I agree, however, that it is a potential threat. The real threat is not the downstream "catastrophe" that the DWA stipulates, but the loss of water to the city of Denver. If the DWA wants to invest some money, they can make the dam much more secure and perhaps satisfy everyone's needs.
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