FORT MORGAN, Colo. - After an assessment of damages due to recent flooding, Fort Morgan Mayor Terry McAlister has declared a disaster & emergency proclamation for the city.
The City of Fort Morgan has suffered serious damages to the facilities and open spaces within Riverside Park. This is as a result of the flooding from the South Platte River which occurred Saturday and continued Sunday. Although it will still be some time before the full damages can be assessed, it was clear to the mayor and other city officials, that damages to public buildings, open spaces, and the potential for disruption to businesses, meet the standard for an emergency and disaster under the Fort Morgan Municipal Code.
Officials emphasized that residents should continue to avoid Riverside Park. Riverside Park remains closed until further notice. Officials continue to work with the Colorado Department of Transportation to reopen Highway 52 and the bridge over the South Platte River. However, it could be days before CDOT inspectors would be able to assess the stability of the bridge. This is due to the high waters which remain and the number of bridges affected by the flood throughout northern Colorado.
The city's entire water supply system continues to be safe for use.