GOLDEN, Colo. — Officials evacuated the Clear Creek RV Park and Canyon Side Condos in Golden Tuesday night because of a wall of water heading into the city from an ice jam that broke apart on Clear Creek.
The water was four feet high when it hit the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon at about 7:30 p.m. according a city of Golden spokeswoman. By 10:30 p.m., the water was flowing and while it did rise, it did not cause the flooding officials were concerned about.
Evacuation orders were lifted for the RV park at the end of 10th Street and Canyon Side Condos west of Highway 6 along the creek.
Events at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St., were canceled as they prepared for the arrival of evacuees. The evacuation orders affected about 20 families. The Red Cross says 10 people checked in at the evacuation center, which closed at 10:30 p.m. when the emergency was over.
The National Weather Service issued a small stream flood advisory for Clear Creek in the area effective until 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Officials said they weren’t sure what to expect but they were “taking all precautions.”
Golden evac center closing. Safe to send people home. Roads covered in water and ice so very slick but safe for sleeping tonight.
— Golden Fire (@GoldenCOFire) December 11, 2013