Interest in gold mining increases after Colo. floods

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- A bit of a gold rush happening right here in Colorado, following the devastating storm that hit the state two weeks ago.

"This storm of the century is having a very positive effect on panning for gold here in northern Colorado," said J.J. Long, president of Gold Prospectors of Colorado. "All the water has broken loose rock and dirt and banks of creeks and rivers from Bear Creek to the Poudre River."

All that shaking of river banks is good for gold miners who like to pan for the precious metal.

At the Gold N Detectors shop on Washington in Golden, you can get outfitted for some panning for under $50. A pan, screen, and shovel is really about all you need to get started.

But if you want to get expert tips, the Prospectors Club is the way to go. They take trips to streams, have lessons on how to spot gold in black sand, and help get you on your way to becoming, well just maybe, a very wealthy person.

"There's gold in them thar hill and in this here creek, and we're gonna find it," said Mack Plauk of Montgomery, Alabama. Plauk is spending spare time panning around the metro area.

"I know there's new gold here because of the flood, that might be the only good thing about this terrible flood," he said.

For more information, visit: www.goldprospectorsofcolorado.

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