Evans residents still can't use bathrooms or do laundry

EVANS, Colo. - As of Tuesday, the residents of Evans who are not evacuated are still prohibited from using their bathrooms or do laundry.

Some of these residents have been under a "no flush" order since Saturday due to damage to the waste water treatment plant.

The plant and the road leading to it, 1st Avenue, was still underwater Tuesday.

Evans' city leaders are trying to adjust to this ongoing crisis. They are hoping to reopen the waste water treatment plant by Friday. To do that they will have to build a pipeline from the plant to Greeley's waste water system, which would require closing 31st Street for an extended period.

Evans officials said at least 200 mobile homes and 60 permanent single-family homes were evacuated, according to 3 p.m. news conference Saturday.

There were lines of people, many with small children, trying to get back into the Eastwood Village and Bella Vista mobile home parks, 7NEWS Reporter Tyler Lopez said early Tuesday morning.

"They were willing to walk in through contaminated waters to get things they needed," Lopez said.

"We saw people carrying furniture, clothing, much of it covered in contaminated flood waters," Lopez said. "We also saw volunteers offering medical care and police trying to keep order."

There will be no trash service Tuesday for residents west of Highway 85. Crews are working on getting roll-off containers for flood debris and other debris.

 

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