Summit County asks judge to reopen Dillon Dam road
FRISCO, Colorado ” Several Summit County government officials have filed a complaint against the Denver Water Board, asking a judge to override the utility and reopen a road that was closed because of security concerns at Dillon Reservoir.
The complaint, filed Friday in Summit County District Court, alleges utility officials failed to explore alternatives with county governments for closing Dillon Dam Road and have not disclosed details of the security concerns that promoted the closure.
Summit County officials said in a written statement that they’re concerned the closure limits access to agencies responding to emergencies.
Denver Water Board officials did not immediately comment on the complaint.
The closure was announced Tuesday.
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The Summit Daily News, meanwhile, reported Friday that ambulance crews trying to get past the dam road’s roadblocks for an emergency got an answering machine when they called Denver Water’s security office to unlock the Dillon gate.
“We stopped at the gate and called the guard to unlock it, like we have been instructed to do, and the call went to voice mail,” said Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue spokesman Brandon Williams.
Just a day after staging a demonstration of how the new roadblocks would hinder access, the crews were called to help a woman injured in a bike wreck on the recreation path near the dam’s Glory Hole.
The woman, whose identity was not disclosed, had suffered a head injury. Her condition was not disclosed.