Weld County shifts focus of Emergency Operations Center

The focus of the Weld County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is transitioning from emergency operations to damage assessments and recovery efforts. Previously, their primary concern was evacuations and other emergency responses.

The Weld County EOC provided the following updates Wednesday morning.

-- Housing questions --

Employees from the Department of Human Services (DHS) have been at the Recovery Centers in Greeley and the south west Weld complex in Del Camino, EOC officials said. DHS employees were also in Milliken earlier this week. They are working to assist individuals with housing needs.

-- Victim assistance --

The Weld EOC opened Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. Officials said they believe this is the longest number of days - seven as of Wednesday - that an EOC has stood open in Weld County.

County Recovery Assistance Centers are open Wednesday until 2:00 p.m. at Island Grove and at the South West Weld Complex.

-- Public meetings --

The Weld County Commissioners will host two public community meetings Wednesday to meet with residents affected by the flood.

- 6 - 8 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Christian Church, 5860 Majestic St., Frederick, CO 80504

- 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Weld County Administration Building, 1150 O Street, Greeley, 80632

-- Contamination concerns --

Weld County spokeswoman Jennifer Finch said she spoke to a representative from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Tuesday about contamination concerns.

"I was told that the COGCC started working with the oil and gas industry in Weld County last weekend regarding assessing well impacts by the flood," Finch said.  "The COGCC will inspect all wells that have been impacted by the flood for both integrity of the well and environment health and safety."

If the public has concerns about an oil and gas well, they should inform the COGCC.


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