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Two people killed after flood waters sweep through parts of Larimer County

Larimer County flooding 7-15-22
Larimer County flooding 7-15-22
Larimer County flooding 7-15-22
Posted at 7:15 PM, Jul 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-16 13:50:21-04

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Two people are dead after flood waters swept through parts of Larimer County Friday evening.

Around 6:30 p.m., the Larimer County Sheriff's Office urged residents in the area of Crystal Mountain to Wild Song to head for higher ground due to dangerous flooding in the area.

"Avoid area subject to flooding including dips, low spots, ditches, etc. and do not attempt to cross flowing streams or creeks," an emergency message from the sheriff's office said. "If driving, be aware that the road may not be intact under flood waters. Never drive through flooded roadways - turn around and go another way. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground."

A short time later, the sheriff's office said it was responding to multiple locations in the Buckhorn area.

According to the sheriff's office, a woman and a girl were killed in the flooding in the Buckhorn area. The pair were camping along the creek when flood waters swept them away, the sheriff's office said Saturday.

A flood advisory was issued for the eastern Cameron Peak burn scar until 11:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Water will move down Buckhorn Creek, past Masonville to the confluence with the Big Thompson River throughout the evening. The NWS expects minor flooding, along with possible damage to roads near the creek.

County Road 44H is closed from County Road 27 to County Road 63E due to the road being damaged by flash flooding.

Afternoon rain is expected Saturday with scattered storms over the burn scar. A moderate flood threat is in place Saturday for the the central and southern mountains.

A Red Cross evacuation center was established at Timberline Church, located at 2908 South Timberline Road in Fort Collins, and closed just before 9 p.m.

The Joint Information Center has also closed.

Residents can receive text message updates from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office by texting Flood2022 to 888777.

This is a developing story and will be updated.