Rivers Exceed Flood Stage In Weld County

Both South Platte And Cache La Poudre Spilling Over

Both the Cache La Poudre and South Platte rivers rose above flood stage near Greeley early Tuesday morning, capping a wild week of constantly rising water levels.

“Mucking it out’s going to be a chore,” said Roger Olsen, homeowner along the South Platte River and Weld County Road 388 as he surveyed his garage. “It kind of looks neat if that was really supposed to be there because of the trees and the slow-moving water and everything else. But uh, it’s not supposed to be there so it’s not all that neat.”

Olsen had to use a tractor to rescue stranded cows early Monday morning and found eight inches of water in his garage, along with a totally flooded pasture area that used to be the primary food source for his three cows.

“(It’s) triple the cost as far as feeding them, (now)” Olsen said.

It’s also harder to get around for residents east of Greeley with County Road 53 closed along the Platte.

“It’s been stressful. Pretty hectic. I mean, just not knowing how high it was going to get,” Olsen said.

The National Weather Serviced reported the Platte crested at 10.2 feet by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, just above flood stage at 10 feet for the first time since 1980.

The Cache La Poudre hadn’t seen 9 feet of water, its flood stage, since 1999, until the level hit 9.1 feet Tuesday as well.

But the weather appeared to be offering a break Tuesday, with high pressure building and no threat of thunderstorms.

For at least one day.