Colorado flooding: Flooding damages Evergreen, Coal Creek Canyon, Golden Gate Canyon in JeffCo
Last Updated: 84 days ago
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - While many people have seen the devastation from flooding in Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties, Jefferson county is also dealing with washed out roads, businesses damaged and people cut off.
The biggest problem may be Highway 72 in Coal Creek Canyon. A portion of the road was washed out during the initial wave of flooding on Thursday. That has forced the closure of the highway from Highway 93 to Highway 119.
However, Twin Spruce Gap Road from Coal Creek Canyon to Highway 119 remains open, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
One viewer told 7NEWS her neighbors are trapped in their homes because their driveways have been washed out.
The Sheriff's Office said access to downtown Evergreen is shut off.
While the flooding has receded at the highway 73/74 intersection and the bridge is safe, downtown Evergreen is closed from the bridge to Meadow Drive due to water over the road, the Sheriff's Office said.
"The road and area buildings are being assessed for damage," officials wrote on the sheriff's blog page Saturday.
Two access bridges to Hwy 74 are also closed and being assessed for safety -- Forrest Hill Bridge and Independence Trail Bridge.
Golden Gate Canyon remains closed from Highway to Robinson Hill Road for blasting, deputies said.
The road has been closed because of rock slides.
The Sheriff's Office said portions of Indiana from 72nd to 120th and portions of Alkire between 72nd and 96th are closed due to water over the road.
"Leyden Dam is letting out a lot of water right now to release pressure on the Dam. Additional road closures in that area," the blog said.
Follow developments: http://jeffcosheriff.blogspot.com/
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.