GREELEY, Colo. - Flood alerts remain in effect in Boulder, Longmont, Greeley and Fort Collins Tuesday.
Early Tuesday, the Cache la Poudre River was at 9.15 feet, more than a foot above flood stage.
In Greeley, fish swam through flood water on 6th Avenue, prompting city councilman Charles Archibeque to get out his fishing pole to snap a photo with a fish near his front yard.
"I was like, 'How could a fish get on the street'?" said Archibeque's 8-year-old grandson, Jordan Trujillo.
For Trujillo, a street turned into a lake was like nothing he's ever seen, but Archibeque says he remembers worse in the mid-80s.
"I've been here 57 years, so I've seen the waters come and go," he said.
Greeley Streets Supervisor Jerry Pickett said, while this may not be the worst ever, flooding has happened in unexpected areas.
"I've seen the floods since '83, and there's water in places we have not seen before," Pickett said. "And so that makes it challenging to know exactly what you need to do."
Pickett said voluntary evacuation notices and road closures will stay in place at least until Wednesday. Flood levels went down Tuesday, even though blocks around 5th Avenue and 5th Street were still covered in several feet of water.
At least a few homes and businesses have severe damage, but Pickett said the streets both in the city and county have held up well. Damage assessments will start Wednesday. He said the city has given out more than 6,000 sandbags.
Rivers will continue to run fast, with the stages slowly lowering through this weekend, the National Weather Service said.
The boundaries of the eastern voluntary evacuation area are: 5th Street on the north (includes addresses on both sides); 7th Street on the south (includes addresses on both sides); 6th Avenue on the west (includes addresses on both sides); and the Poudre River on the east.
The other voluntary evacuation area is bounded by: F Street on the north; 2nd Street on the south; 35th Avenue on the west; and 25th Avenue on the east (25th Avenue is not a through street—this boundary would align with 25th Avenue).
The only major north/south roads coming in and out of Greeley that are currently open are 59th Avenue, 8th Avenue, and Highway 85, according to city officials. Expect congestion and delays.
Ongoing road closures in Greeley:
- 25th Avenue is closed from F to O Street
- D Street is closed from 11th Avenue to 4th Avenue (Island Grove)- 71st Avenue from 4th Street to O Street (no through traffic)-Use 59th Avenue
- 83rd Avenue from 5th Street to O Street
- 95th Avenue from 10th Street/Hwy 34 Business to O Street
- 35th Avenue from F to O Street
- 6th Avenue from the Poudre River bridge to 3rd Street
- 5th Street from Hwy 85 to 5th Avenue
Ongoing trail and open space closures in Greeley:
- Poudre Trail from 11th Avenue at Island Grove Regional Park west through Windsor
- Rover Run Dog Park
- Sheep Draw Open Space
- 71st Avenue Poudre trailhead, open space and parking lot
- Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery
Maps of latest road closures:
- Greeley: http://gis3.greeleygov.com
- Weld County maintained-roads: http://www.co.weld.co.us/maps/publicinfrastructure/
- Town of Windsor: http://bit.ly/RZCbbp
- Register your home phone or mobile device at www.weld911alert.com to receive automated warnings and notices.
- Public Safety Dispatch Flood Hot Line: 970-304-6444 – call for information pertaining to specific conditions in flood prone areas
- www.greeleygov.com – updates (on the homepage)
- www.facebook.com/greeleygov - updates and notifications
- www.facebook.com/weldcountygovernment - updates and notifications