Flood warning for Cache La Poudre River near Greeley for tonight through Wednesday morning

WELD COUNTY, Colo. - A flood warning has been issued for the Cache La Poudre River near Greeley until Wednesday morning. Streets, parks, trails and open lands were closed Sunday as rising water created hazardous conditions to the public.

The National Weather Service in Boulder tweeted the warning at 10:55 a.m. Sunday.

In Greeley, 71st Avenue is now closed to traffic at the Cache la Poudre River, city officials said. Please detour on either 59th Avenue or 83rd Avenue. 

Additional closures:

  • The entire section from the Rover Run Dog Park Poudre River Trail (PRT) Trailhead to the 59th Avenue PRT Trail Underpass. 
  • The Sheep Draw Open Space and the Poudre River Ranch Open Space Park.
  • The entire PRT section from 95th Avenue through the Hwy 257 PRT Trailhead.

"Use caution while traveling along the Larson Ditch Trail Corridor and the Sheep Draw Trail Corridor, including the McCloskey Natural Area, Pumpkin Ridge Natural Area and Hunters Cove West Natural Area as some flash flooding has occurred during and after recent storms," officials said. "Both the Larson Ditch Trail and the Sheep Draw Trail had high levels of flow in a short period of time causing minor erosion, but mostly mud and debris on the trail surfaces.

"Please be aware as rains occur upstream of Greeley’s trail corridors that more flash flooding may happen," city officials warned.

Authorities said the Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery continues to be threatened and may also experience temporary closures. 

The public must plan for the possible closure of the PRT from the 35th Avenue PRT Trail Crosswalk to the Rover Run Dog Park PRT Trailhead.

Open lands that close will remain closed even after local street flooding closures have ended. 

Additional information specific to the Poudre River Trail can be found at www.poudretrail.org and on the Poudre River Trail Facebook page.

Please report new and changing flooding conditions along Greeley’s trails and open lands by emailing chris.scully@greeleygov.com

7NEWS Photojournalist Major King spent Sunday morning monitoring the river levels.

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