Colorado Flood Evacuations: Town of Crook ordered out overnight, Sterling evacuations extended

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-- Town of Crook (as of 2:30 a.m. Tuesday) --

The Town of Crook was ordered to evacuate early Tuesday morning because of the possibility of flooding.

Crook is about halfway between Sterling and Julesburg, just north of Interstate 76.

"The Town of Crook and residents along the north side of CO138 along the area river basin are being evacuated due to historic high levels of water in the Harmony Ditch close to Crook," the Logan County Office of Emergency Management wrote in a post on Facebook

"If the ditch breeches its banks it will substantially flood the town," officials warn.

Crook Fire Department personnel went door to door with the evacuation message and a reverse target notification was also sent, according to officials.

The previous evacuation along the river basin south of CO 138 remains in effect.

Logan County officials said evacuation routes are still being determined. Due to road closures on CO 138 evacuees will have to use county roads north of CO 138.

"It appears the river is rising in the Crook area. River levels are being monitored by Crook Fire," officials said Tuesday morning.

The Town of Crook posted on Facebook, "Crook Firemen and local farmers are continuing to work through the night to try to keep Harmony Ditch from breaching north of the town of Crook. We all appreciate their hard work. Stay safe neighbors."

A shelter will be in place at Caliche School if necessary. If you have further questions, contact 970-886-2100.

-- Longmont (as of 8:45 a.m. Monday) --

All restrictions and evacuations have been lifted in Longmont (with the exception of the Royal Mobile Home Park (on Boston Avenue.)

Earlier evacuations in Longmont

The Third and Hover neighborhood is told to evacuate the area as quickly as possible.

Longmont ordered an evacuation of the Historic west side neighborhood at 6 p.m.  The boundary of this evacuation includes S. Hover St. to the west, Ken Pratt Blvd. to the south, 2nd Ave (Spruce Ave) to the north and Main St. to the east.  I’ve attached a map as for reference. 

We have also evacuated business park at Harvest Junction on the north side of Ken Pratt Blvd.  This location is directly east of Main St., between Main St and Martin St.

We are issuing a flood advisory to areas south of Ken Pratt Blvd.   

Evacuation zone maps are available at the website.  http://longmontoem.com/maps/

Southmoor and Creekside Neighborhoods were advised of possible rising water in the area. The city says people should be aware and prepared to self evacuate.

Residents in the area of Lake McIntosh were told to evacuate at 1:15, but at 1:30 that was revised to order residents to shelter in place. Boulder County says a problem with a ditch was fixed.

City officials have issued re-evacuation orders to the Greens (Twin Peaks Cir and Columbia Dr) Champion Greens (Doral Dr and Champion Cir) and the Valley neighborhood (Hayden Ct, Wade Rd. and Troxell Ave).  The Royal Street Mobile Home Park evacuation is still in effect.  These re-evacuations are due to rain west of Lyons and in Longmont.   The city is closely monitoring rain gauge levels at five stations along the South St. Vrain and North St. Vrain rivers.     

We are seeing the St. Vrain river levels on the rise. 

There are several neighborhoods evacuated in Longmont. They include: The Longmont Estate Greens and Champion Greens neighborhood, near 9th Ave and Airport Road. The Valley neighborhood, near Hayden Ct and 9th Ave and the Golden Ponds neighborhood near the south edges of Allen Dr. and Hover St.   These neighborhoods are near the St. Vrain River. 

Also evacuated in Longmont are the Willow Creek neighborhood, the Schlagel neighborhood and the Grandview Meadows neighborhood.  Those neighborhoods are bordered by Nelson Road to the north, Quail Rd to the south, S. Fordham St to the east and Peck Dr. to the west.

A voluntary evacuation was issued for the subdivisions south of Quail Road and east of Main Street.

Evacuation centers are still open.  You may go to the Life Bridge Church (Highway 66 and Gay St, the Memorial Building (Longs Peak Ave and Coffman St.) or Niwot High School (8989 Niwot Rd.)

Police said the city's drinking water supply is still operating properly and customers can continue using water as normal, but the waste water treatment plant was shut down.

Questions? Call center open - (303) 651-8595. 

A road closure map and power outage map has been posted to longmontoem.org

The city is also asking residents to turn off their irrigation systems.

-- Sterling (as of 4:30 a.m. Monday) --

City officials believe the river has crested in Sterling and is continuing its movement through the river valley north. Although some water has surfaced along Highway 6 inside city limits, there is still some room under the girders of the river bridges on the highway.

Evacuation orders have been extended to include residents living along the Platte River Basin up to the Logan/Sedgwick County line at Logan County Road 97. This does not include the towns of Iliff, Proctor and Crook. This evacuation boundaries remain Highway 138 on the northwest and I-76 on the southeast side of the river.

Road closures at this time include Hwy. 6 from the Chestnut Overpass to I-76 and Logan County Road 55 from Iliff to I-76 and.

We're unsure what to expect as the water continues through Sterling and north through the river valley, but suggest that people living along the river bottom:

-- Move your important belongings off of the floor and onto shelves or counters, 
-- Consider putting important document in water-proof containers
-- Be prepared to evacuate without delay if a notice is given in your area
-- Stay tuned to local media and the Logan County Office of Emergency Management's Facebook page for details

The City of Sterling has set up a shelter at Sterling Middle School that is now open; however, they are not accepting pets except for service animals. Logan County Fairgrounds is open for large animals but it is not staffed and people need to care for their own animals. Small animals may be bought to the north end of the grandstands if they are in cages.

For questions regarding keeping your pets at the Fairgounds call Lydia Kiser at (970) 520-9416.

So far damage in the area includes Logan County Road 25 south of Merino which has been washed out, as well as Logan County Road 29.5 east of the river between Merino and Atwood, and one to two houses south of Highway 6 near Merino have possible damage. In addition, Logan County Road 40 north of Sterling was cut out by Logan County Road and Bridge to facilitate the water getting through the river channel, it is closed between Hwy. 138 and Logan County Road 385.

There are no other damage assessments available at this time. For more information call the Logan County Office of Emergency Management with questions, call (970) 522-8600.

-- Lyons (as of 5:45 p.m. Sunday) --

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is strongly encouraging people to evacuate the Town of Lyons and vicinity as rain continues to fall, and may cause more problems for evacuations and potential rescue operations. There are still no water, sewer, electric or natural gas services in town. Without clean potable water and sewer there is a serious public health risk.

Residents that leave the Town of Lyons will not be allowed back in as emergency personnel continue to work on rescue operations. All resources are currently being directed toward rescue and town infrastructure needs. Please be patient  as the situation is still quite dangerous and we are assessing and stabilizing things in Town.

Please be assured that the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is conducting security checks in all neighborhoods in Lyons to keep evacuated residents homes secure. Patrols are being conducted day and night by Boulder County Sheriff’s officials. Residents will be unable to re-enter Lyons as officials continue to work 24/7 to assess current conditions due to inclement weather. There is still no definitive date as to when residents will be allowed to re-enter Lyons. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is  working with all parties to try to make this happen ASAP.

According to Search and Rescue Teams in Lyons:  108 homes are destroyed, 49 homes are damaged and 499 homes are undamaged.

-- City of Boulder (as of 11:30 p.m. Sunday) --

The city lifted the evacuation order for homes in the area stretching from the mouth of Boulder Canyon to Broadway and from Pearl to Marine streets. Because there is a possibility of more rain, residents are asked to stay alert and prepared for additional instructions.

The city manager's emergency order makes it illegal to enter these parks: Boulder Creek Path, Boulder Reservoir, Coot Lake, Crestview Park, Eben G. Fine Park, Elks Park, Knollwood Tennis Courts, Mapleton Ball Fields, Pleasant View Fields, Stazio Ball Fields, Valmont Bike Park. Parts of these parks are also off limits: Bear Creek Park (bridge is washed out and dangerous), Burke Park (partial sidewalk closure), Columbia Cemetery (walk along College Avenue is not fully open and headstones have not been assessed), East Boulder Community Center (lake access for dog park is closed and walk near lake is impassable), Harlow Platts Park (walk near lake is impassable and the disc golf is partially closed), Keewayden Park (partial closure of the turf area), North Boulder Park (ball fields and playgrounds), North Boulder Recreation Center/Olmsted Park (tennis and platform tennis courts near rear walk), Scott Carpenter Park (lower turf area and near creek), Parkside (underpass closure).

-- Morgan County --

The Wiggins Rural Fire Protection District announced that evacuation was issued for places in western Morgan County within a half mile of the river including Orchard, Goodrich, Weldona and Muir Springs. Road closures have begun across the river.

Water breached the area around the Fort Morgan Ponds Saturday night. Silver Spur campground area was evacuated.

-- Johnstown (as of 11 a.m. Sunday)

Johnstown police report flood waters there have receded. The mandatory evacuation of Downtown Jamestown and surrounding neighborhoods have therefore been lifted.

A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for the Thompson River Ranch subdivision because of a flood warning active until 7:45 p.m.

Highway 60 between Johnstown and Milliken remains closed, as are bridges south of Highway 60 on County Roads 17, 15 and 13.

Copunty 13 stills

County Roads 17, 15 south of Highway 60 are open.

Still closed  roads are County Road 17 from Johnston to CR 50.

-- Weld County (as of 10:26 a.m. Sunday) --

 - The Idaho Creek Subdivision and River Valley Village off of Highway 119 are under mandatory evacuations as MVFR is there evacuating now.  We are receiving reports that the river is rising 7 inches every 15 minutes

- The Spanish Colony and River Park Mobile Home parks in Greeley

- The Cottonwood Creek neighborhood and surrounding areas and along Weld County Road 69, including north of U.S. 34 to the river between WCR 63 and WCR 69

- Greeley in the area between east 8th Street and U.S. 34 from Cherry Street east to Weld County Road 49

- Johnstown in the neighborhood north of Colo. 60 from North Parish Avenue, west to the river, and south of Colo. 60 from South Parish Avenue South to Molnar or Lacosta street and West

- Johnstown in the area that is east from WCR 13 to WCR 17 and from WCR 44 to WCR 46

- Greeley and Evans residents south of U.S. 34 and east of U.S. 85, except for the Riverview Subdivision

- North of LaSalle along WCR 394, also known as WCR 52 from WCR 31 across Hwy 85 to WCR 41

- The area south of U.S. 34 to Weld County Road 54 between Weld County Roads 45 and 47

- River Valley Village Subdivision near Colo. 119 and WCR 7

- Residents along Graden Street and Hawthorne Street in Frederick

- In Milliken city limits North of Hwy 60

- Residents of the B and B Mobile Home Park located at Colo. 287 and Hwy 52

- There is a 4-mile radius from WCR 82 and WCR 42 ½ around the town of Masters. If you are located north of the river, you will need to seek higher ground.

- Shelter locations are: Erie Community Center, Mead High School, Berthoud Community Center, Fort Lupton Rec Center, Milliken Middle school, Fort Morgan Middle School, Niwot High School. Greeley and Evans residents can respond to the Downtown Recreation Center for shelter.  The LaSalle shelter has been moved to the Sheriff's Work Release facility at 1390 North 17th Ave in Greeley.

- Greeley Residents along the Poudre and Platte Rivers are being asked to voluntarily evacuate. If they need shelter, they can respond to the Greeley Downtown Recreation Center.

Residents in the following areas may return to their homes:

- Rinn Valley neighborhood. The access point is from Bella Rosa Parkway and Homestead Drive

- Riverview Subdivision south and east of east 28th Street and 1st Avenue. The access point is from the north at 1st Avenue and 22nd Street

- Residences around Latham Reservoir

- Residents in Milliken north of Broad Street between Quentine Avenue and Laura Avenue

For information on current evacuations in the county, call this hotline: (970) 304-6444.

-- Evans --

Evans officials said 2 mobile home parks are flooded.  At least 200 mobile homes and 60 single homes. Approximately 1,000 people affected, according to 3 p.m. news conference Saturday.

-- Commerce City --

Commerce City lifted all evacuations around 2 p.m. Friday.

Any small animals that were evacuated are at the Adams County animal shelter and can be picked up Saturday. Large animals and livestock are at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and are planning to be delivered to owners at their residence on Saturday.

An embankment failure on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge caused Commerce City Police to order the evacuation of the Irondale neighborhood at 7:04 p.m. Thursday.  Earlier Thursday, Commerce City police ordered the evacuation of the residential neighborhood north of Fairfax Park. A retention pond had reached capacity and the city anticipated the pond would overflow into the neighborhood.

-- Arvada --

The city says there are no breeches of the Arvada Blunn Reservoir or Leyden Dam.  Both of these water sources are spilling over just as they were designed to do.

There is, however, a voluntary evacuation notice that went out to approximately 50,000 people in the City.

-- Lafayette --

Lafayette Police announced at 8:38 a.m. that residents of the Centaur South subdivision may return home. They were originally evacuated around 5 p.m. Thursday.

The evacuation notice included homes on Centaur Circle, Adonis Court, Erin Way, Centaur Village Court, Elysian Field, and Hera Court. An evacuation shelter was located at the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center at 111 W. Baseline Road in Lafayette.

-- Lakewood --

Lakewood lifted the pre-evacuation notice for approximately 300 residents in the Lena Gulch area at 8:16 a.m. Friday. Homes in the area from Youngfield Street east to the city border were sent the original pre-evacuation notice almost 12 hours earlier.

The City also has closed its emergency call center.

-- Jefferson County -- 

The Jefferson County Sheriff ordered the evacuation of the Clear Creek RV park located on the west end of 10th street in Golden.

Level 1 evacuations (pre-evacuation) were also ordered Friday morning for Upper Bear Creek from the dam to Echo Lake Drive.

There is an evacuation for the area downstream from Leyden Dam in northern Jefferson County.  The alert went out at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

There is not a fear of the dam failing, rather excess runoff from the spillway is threatening homes downstream. The borders are 82nd to 66th and Alkire to McIntyre. If you are in this perimeter near a creek, ditch or low lying area you are encouraged to evacuate. The evacuation is not mandatory.

Ralston High School is no longer the Jefferson County evacuation site. The new shelter is Arvada High School, 7951 West 65th Avenue.

-- Fort Collins --

Residents of the Andersonville, Alta Vista and Buckingham neighborhoods may return to their homes. However, residents are urged to use caution because the area is still prone to flooding.

Alta Vista is largely dry except for the main road into the neighborhood from Lemay Avenue. To report flooding in these neighborhoods, residents should call 970-221-6700.

Fort Collins Utilities will continue to update flooding information at www.fcgov.com/oem.

-- Eldorado Springs --

Evacuation notice issued for Eldorado Springs. Officials told residents to go to the barn at 2875 County Road 67.

-- Boulder County -- 

 

  1. Emergency egress from Carriage Hills is possible via the top gate at Carriage Hills via the top gate, as long as Brook Road remain intact.
  2. Wagon Wheel Gap continues to be inaccessible. Bow Mountain Road remains inaccessible via vehicle.
  3. No vehicular access to North Cedar Brook is possible due to a severe road collapse.  Evaluations of road repair options are being reviewed, but no timeline for a repair is available at this time. The only way out continues to be on foot.
  4. The Bristlecone evacuation route to Sunshine Canyon is reserved to use by emergency services equipment and personnel.  We are evaluating yesterday’s repairs in light of today’s heavy rain.
  5. The Pine Brook Water District is still operating and the water is safe to drink at this time.

Here's a list of evacuation shelters:

Longmont
Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak, Longmont
St. Vrain Memorial Center, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont
Life Bridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Hwy, Longmont
Family and friends may call 303-776-2927 for information about how to reunite with people evacuated from Lyons.

Nederland
Nederland Community Center, 750 Colorado 72 N. , Nederland, CO 80466

Boulder
YMCA of Boulder Valley, 2850 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Niwot
Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot, Niwot

For any other inquiries or information, please call the Emergency Call Center at 303-413-7730.

-- Larimer County --

The Larimer County Sheriff's in coordination with Larimer County Emergency Services, Colorado State Patrol and the National Guard continue to focus on life safety priorities and assessing conditions related to public safety and public resources. A Type II team will be coming in this evening with 50 additional people to help with planning, coordination and resource allocation for all cities in Larimer County in addition to the unincorporated areas of Larimer County.  
 
EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS
 
Residents with medical emergencies remain the priority for evacuations at this time.
 
The National Guard is providing 7 helicopters Saturday to help with evacuations and bring in emergency personnel to areas needed.  There are 128 people being evacuated from Big Elk Meadows and 1,200 people from Pinewood Springs.
 
There are an unknown number of people in Rist Canyon, Poudre Canyon and Big Thompson Canyon also needing evacuation assistance and we are working on assisting those people as well. 
 
Search and Rescue teams are being dropped into numerous areas to assess the situation and contact stranded residents.  Additionally, approximately 7,000 meals ready to eat (MRE) and other resources are being dropped by  helicopters to stranded individuals.
 
Shelters have been set up in the following areas:
 
Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland - 800 S. Taft Avenue    
Lyons Elementary School in Lyons - North of High Street on 4th                        
Pinewood Springs Fire Department in Lyons - 61 Kiowa Road                          
Mountain View Bible Fellowship in Estes Park - Highway 7 at Peak View Drive
Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins - 1118 Miramont Drive
Timberline Church in Fort Collins - 2908 South Timberline Road
 
The Ranch in Loveland is accepting large animals from evacuees.
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