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LUCKYPEAKDAM -- Hundreds of people flocked to Lucky Peak this weekend to see one of the main attractions of the spring: the 'rooster tail'.

This water is more than what can be used for power generation, so it comes through the dam's outlet slide gates, or 'flip buckets.' The Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from the reservoir to make room for expected rain and quickly melting snow. The release creates a huge plume of water, which looks like the tail of the barnyard animal.

I think it's wonderful, said Ute Schmidt, who saw the man-made phenomenon for the first time Saturday. It's just incredible to see the force of water, thinking where it's coming from, and the pressure behind it, and it's making room for a whole lot more water from the snow. I love it.

The display goes until 7 p.m. Saturday night. It will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.




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