Colorado flooding: Sunday update on Boulder, Morgan County, Greeley, Ft Collins, Lyons, more
Flash flood watches in effect across Front Range
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This was a running blog for Sunday morning. You will find the latest information here: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/flood-coverage
11:30 a.m. update: Re-evacuations ordered in Longmont. Residents in Greens (Twin Peaks Cir and Columbia Dr) Champion Greens (Doral Dr and Champion Cir) and the Valley neighborhoods (Hayden Ct, Wade Rd. and Troxell Ave) should ACT NOW.
Evacuation centers are open at the Life Bridge Church (Highway 66 and Gay St, the Memorial Building (Longs Peak Ave and Coffman St.) or Niwot High School (8989 Niwot Rd.)
9:10 a.m. update: Power out to 3,795 Xcel customers in Aurora after storms. The boundaries are Quincy to Iliff and Chambers to Tower. There is no time estimate on repairs.
9 a.m. update: Investigators have confirmed a second person is missing and presumed dead in Larimer County. An 80-year-old woman from Cedar Cove was in her home when it was destroyed, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
482 people are now unaccounted people in Larimer County, the sheriff's office tweeted at 8:45 a.m.
8:30 a.m. update: There is one bridge allowing access in and out of Lyons, according to Kim Koebel with the Boulder Police Department. Emergency personnel are crossing the bridge one at a time. No one should attempt to cross the bridge without an official escort, Koebel said.
"Bridge crumbles a little bit every time a vehicle uses it," Koebel tweeted at 7:30 a.m.
"Deputies say they hold their breath every time they use the bridge," Koebel reported. "At some point, they'll have to stop using it."
"The bridge is unstable bc of the flood. It loses a little earth each time a vehicle crosses it for a rescue," Koebel tweeted.
"Ground rescues will continue today even if the helicopters can't fly - air support decision hasn't been made yet," according to Koebel.
8:15 a.m. update: Century link reporting service has been restored to Estes Park area and is coming up slowly. AT&T & Verizon have cell service going as well, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
8 a.m. update: The Morgan County Sheriff says the county is cut in half -- every access over the Platte River is underwater.
7:45 a.m. update: Mandatory water restrictions are now in effect in the Aristocrat Ranchettes east of Fort Lupton.
-- Sunday morning update --
Areas already inundated with water are expected to see more rainfall Sunday.
Boulder, Larimer, Morgan and Weld counties are seeing some of the worst flooding Sunday morning.
The north side of Interstate 76 at Barlow Road (Exit 82) near Fort Morgan was completely under water.
"The damage is catastrophic," 7NEWS Reporter Marshall Zelinger said at 7 a.m.
A Conoco gas station, a Comfort Inn, and the Rodeway Inn were surrounded with running water.
A flash flood watch remains in effect for a large portion of the state through Sunday afternoon and water levels remain high along the Big Thompson River and Cache La Poudre.
Isolated storms and showers could bring between 1 to 2 inches of rain across the state over the next 24 hours, 7NEWS Meteorologist Matt Makens said.
The northeastern plains have a higher chance for storms and showers with the possibility of 2 to 4 inches of rain through Sunday, according to Makens.
The rainfall will be fairly steady as opposed to intense downpours.
"But there is nowhere for that water to go -- except down all of our rivers and streams that ultimately feed into the South Platte -- which is already flooding," Makens said.
Here's the latest on the flooding situation.
- Road closures: There are dozens of roads closed and washed out throughout Jefferson, Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties. We are updating this list: http://ch7ne.ws/1atfHEB
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