LYONS -- Lyons town officials have canceled their advisory for people to stay out of North St. Vrain Creek after deciding that a nearby sewer main break no longer posed a danger.

On Thursday, the town's Public Works Department staff discovered the break in a sewer main south of Eagle Canyon in north Lyons, about 100 feet away from the creek, according to Jacque Watson, Lyons' community relations manager.

There wasn't believed to have been any direct flows of sewage into the creek. However, as a precautionary measure, the town erected signs and posted online recommendations that people stay out of the water until further notice.

As of late Friday afternoon, though, the sewer problem had been isolated, the leak halted, "and everything's been mitigated," Watson said.

"We're going to pull up the warning signs from the river" on Friday evening, she said.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment took samples of water from the creek to determine whether there was any contamination present. But it hadn't reported the results of those tests to town officials by late Friday afternoon, said Watson, who emphasized that state health officials hadn't directed to keep people out of the river in the meantime.

John Fryar can be reached at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com.




Bluegrass fans cool off in North  St. Vrain Creek while listening to RockyGrass in this July 2010 photo.
Bluegrass fans cool off in North St. Vrain Creek while listening to RockyGrass in this July 2010 photo. (Times-Call file photo)