Bridge closed by floods increases fire response times

Mountain View Fire cut off from some neighborhoods

LONGMONT, Colo. - A bridge washed away in last month's flood is causing increased response times for Mountain View Fire Rescue. 

Fire Station One, 9119 E. County Line Road, is on one side of a bridge that has been washed out, and several neighborhoods the firefighters serve are on the other.

"We used to be really close," said Carolyn Hill, a Longmont resident who took comfort in having a fire station just a minute's drive from her home. "But now, they have to drive all the way around."

Mountain View Battalion Chief Mike Lee said the detour has led to response time delays up to five minutes.

"Which can be significant in medical calls," said Lee. "And on a small window, five minutes can be the difference in the fate of a house fire."

He said the bridge could take months to repair, so the station has rearranged crews, and next month, a new station is opening on the north side of the bridge, to better serve the people in that area.

CDOT has announced no state highway bridges were destroyed in the floods, but more than 800 city, county and private bridges still need to be inspected.

In Boulder County alone, 5 bridges were washed out and 26 were damaged or destroyed.



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