Cleanup continues on canyon path |

Cleanup continues on canyon path

Post Independent StaffAspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS The Glenwood Canyon recreation path could open Friday, but it might be at least a week before Xcel Energy figures assesses the damage and what it will cost to fix a massive breach in a pipe that feeds water to the Shoshone hydroelectric plant in Glenwood Canyon.”It appears the path was not damaged significantly by the water underneath, which continues to drain,” said CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks. The path should be open Friday if cleanup goes as planned.Boaters will also be able to access the Colorado River at the launching area beginning Saturday, according to White River National Forest officials.Rafting outfitters also may resume operations in the Shoshone power plant area on Saturday, said Ted Hinricks, lead river ranger for the White River National Forest, which administers permits for rafting companies operating in the Shoshone area.Hinricks added that public parking in the Shoshone parking lot will be extremely limited. Boaters should drop their off boats at the launch and park elsewhere, carpool or caravan when possible.The breach occurred at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday. Water cascaded out of one of two “penstocks,” large-diameter conduits that gravity-feed water drawn from the Colorado River into two turbines that generate electricity in the plant.Between 7 and 10 feet of water flooded the 98-year-old building. It supplies power to 16,700 homes in the Roaring Fork Valley, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and the Front Range.

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