Colorado Flooding: Updates on Boulder, Greeley, Ft Collins, Lyons, Coal Creek Canyon, Evans, more
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DENVER - There is good news and bad news today on the floods in Colorado. While some evacuations are being lifted, there are new ones, especially as the flood water moved into Morgan County, on the eastern plains.
While you may see blue sky today, we are expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon. More rain is likely Saturday night and Sunday, with another 1-2 inches possible, according to the 24/7 Weather team.
In the meantime, 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
- Shelters. 541 people stayed at seven Red Cross shelters in Colorado Friday and at least 152 more stayed in other shelters. Shelter info: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/7-p.m.-Flood-Update:-Shelters-Open-in-Eastern-Colorado,-Granby-as-Flood-Waters-Spread
- Morgan County. Evacuations began Saturday morning in western Morgan County, including Orchard, Goodrich, and Weldona. Everyone within a half mile of the river being evacuated. Officials expecting a multiple day evacuation. Road closures have begun across the river and will be continuing eastward.
- Johnstown. The mandatory evacuation continues for the Thompson River Ranch subdivision. However, evacuation orders have been lifted for downtown Johnstown and the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Boulder County. The sheriff says many roads are out and several communities in the mountains are cut off from help. Three people in Boulder County have died, 172 people are unaccounted for.
- Jamestown. A helicopter evacuated nearly 300 stranded residents on Friday. The Sheriff said 150 people elected to stay.
- Lyons. Lyons remains cut off due to flooding and washed out roads and bridges. Authorities said as many as 2,500 people could be evacuated from Lyons by the end of Friday. Residents with the Lefthand Water District in Lyons are under a notice to boil their water.
- Loveland. The town has damaged homes and roads. Some people remain stranded.
- Longmont: Many roads are flooded and some people remain stranded. The National Guard is in Longmont helping with traffic control. Longmont water is not under a boil order. Road closure map: http://longmontoem.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Flood_road_closures_map_01_511.pdf
- Jefferson County. Highway 72 in Coal Creek Canyon is closed due to road damage and flooding. There are neighborhoods that are cut off on the canyon.
- Evergreen. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says access to downtown Evergreen is shut off. The 73/74 intersection bridge was assessed and determined to be safe and is open. Downtown Evergreen is closed from the bridge to Meadow Drive due to water over the road. The road and area buildings are being assessed for damage. Two access bridges to Hwy 74 are closed and currently being assessed for safety: Forrest Hill Bridge and Independence Trail Bridge.
- Golden Gate Canyon. Golden Gate Canyon remains closed from Hwy 93 to Robinson Hill Road. Blasting will be taking place throughout the day on Saturday.
- Larimer County. There are roads out, bridges damaged and people stranded in several areas of the county. 970-498-5500 will take information for people that are unaccounted for. You can call 970-498-5500 to report information on people that are unaccounted for.
- Estes Park. A route to Estes Park has been established for emergency personnel, residents of Estes Park, delivery vehicles and other essential visitors.
- Fort Collins. The city is reopening roads and allowing people to go home as flood waters recede. Residents in the Andersonville, Alta Vista and Buckingham neighborhoods may return to their homes. There are shelters at Tavelli Elementary School and Timberline Church. The following streets/roads are closed: Overland Trail and Vine Drive, Shields Street and Vine Drive, Lincoln Avenue bridge and Linden Street bridge.
- Weld County. Water from the Big Thompson River and then the South Platte River began inundating areas on Friday. Any of the roads that have to cross the South Platte are closed, including Highway 85 and Interstate 25.
- Evans. The city of Evans evacuated many areas on the east side of town Friday, from Highway 85 to the South Platte River. Residents east of 35th are asked to refrain from using the waste water system facility. No need to boil water, but please refrain from flushing toilets, showering, washing the dishes, or washing your clothes.
- Greeley. Deputies evacuated eastern parts of Greeley, near East 18th Street and Fern Avenue, on Friday.
- Milliken. Roads in and out of Milliken were closed on Friday.
- Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is closed. Trail Ridge Road through the park is open to move people in and out of Estes Park.
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