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    Yenter Drilling and Blasting’s Russ Yenter places explosives into holes drilled in rock, during a road-building operation on Highway 36 between Lyons at Estes Park, Colo. The goal of the project is to move the road farther from the adjacent river, which undermined the road heavily during floods the previous fall, in hopes of preventing such destructive flooding in the future. Brennan Linsley/The Associated Press

Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:00 am | Updated: 10:58 pm, Sat May 24, 2014.

LYONS, Colo. — The pristine snow piled high in the northern Colorado mountains is beginning to melt, and officials worry that under the wrong conditions, it could unleash another ugly torrent through towns and farms still scarred by last autumn’s floods.

After a wintry Mother’s Day storm, the snowpack is nearly 150 percent of the mid-May average on the slopes that feed the South Platte River, whose tributaries did some of the worst damage in the September floods.

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