Morgan County braces for more flooding from South Platte River
Several towns evacuated
Last Updated: 86 days ago
FORT MORGAN, Colo. - A flash flood warning was in effect for all of Morgan County until 10:45 p.m., adding to the woes of the rising South Platte River just outside Fort Morgan.
The highest floodwaters from the river were expected to reach near Fort Morgan by 10 p.m., although local officials stressed that was only an estimate.
The Highway 52 bridge across the Platte River north of town was closed by the Colorado Dept. of Highways at 5:30 p.m. At 10 p.m., it was under water and officials were worried about it collapsing.
Saturday evening, the South Platte at Weldona was running at 19.06 feet. It normally runs at 2 to 3 feet.
Dodd Bridge, also known as Co Rd 24, has also been closed.
River flooding is not expected in the Fort Morgan city proper, because it is well away from the river and elevated from the river basin, officials said.
The north side of Barlow Road was evacuated after was from the Platte River breached the area around the Fort Morgan Ponds. This included Silver Spur Campground, Maverick's, Rodeway Inn, Comfort Inn and Outpost convenience store. Residents over E. Riverview Avenue/Co Rd S west of Barlow Road wee notified to be prepared to evacuate if water should cross Interstate 76 between Barlow and Main Street.
Police were also notifying locations south of I-76 at Barlow Road to be prepared to react quickly if an evacuation order comes. These include the Walmart store and the service stations near Exit 82 from I-76.
County Rd 27 was closed south from County Rd W all the way to Rd 24. This does include Road T.9. The intersection of Rd T.5/Rd 24 (Dodd) was underwater early Sunday.
The city opened an Emergency Operations Center at the Fort Morgan Police Department to coordinate efforts with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.
The river has already covered areas of Highway 144 west of Fort Morgan, and the communities of Orchard, Goodrich and Weldona have been evacuated. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said anyone caught on another person's property without permission would be arrested.
Pre-evacuation notices have been made in the town of Log Lane. If an evacuation Is imminent, police will drive around the town with sirens. If you hear police sirens running through town, evacuate the area immediately, police said.
Officials in Fort Morgan said the drinking supply is safe. There had been a run on bottled water earlier in the day after a rumor spread that the drinking supply had been compromised.
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