Leadville’s warning sirens will be tested
LEADVILLE, Colorado ” Federal officials say they’ll test warning sirens in Leadville this week as they prepare to fix a partially collapsed drainage tunnel where more than a billion gallons of water is trapped.
Lake County officials have declared a state of emergency for fear that growing pressure in the tunnel could cause a catastrophic blowout and flood the town.
The tunnel drains contaminated water from abandoned mines.
The siren test will be Friday starting at 5:30 p.m.
Federal officials plan to pump water from the ground to ease pressure on the tunnel. They hope that will give them time to repair the tunnel and pump the backed-up water to a treatment plant.
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