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Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder

Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder County, Colo., Sept.12, 2013. CONG are working with local agencies to help citizens in the area affected by the flooding by evacuating people using high-clearance vehicles. Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida

Colorado National Guard

Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, along with high-mobility vehicles and helicopters, have been mobilized to assist local authorities in search-and-rescue operations in the midst of historic flooding in the state. Guard members and equipment and have been tasked to assist in search-and-rescue missions and deliver supplies, among other missions.

Additionally, the Colorado National Guard has been requested to provide traffic control points in and around the affected area starting Sept. 13.

Soldiers and Airmen are assigned to the Windsor Readiness Center, and the Boulder, Fort Collins, and Denver Armories, and Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo.

National Weather Service

AT 726 AM MDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLOODING CONTINUING IN NUMEROUS LOCATIONS FROM THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE DENVER METRO AREA NORTH TO THE FORT COLLINS AREA. SOME OF THE PLACES WHERE FLOODING WAS OCCURRING THIS MORNING INCLUDE THE ST VRAIN RIVER…LEFTHAND CREEK…BOULDER CREEK…AND COAL CREEK FROM EASTERN BOULDER COUNTY INTO WELD COUNTY…THE BIG THOMPSON AND LITTLE THOMPSON RIVER AND CACHE LA POUDRE RIVER IN LARIMER AND WELD COUNTIES. THERE ARE NUMEROUS ROAD CLOSURES AND SOME ROADS AND BRIDGES HAVE BEEN WASHED OUT.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 15 INCHES OF RAIN HAVE FALLEN IN AND NEAR THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS…AND ADDITIONAL RAIN WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING WHICH MAY CAUSE RENEWED FLOODING IN AREAS WHERE THE WATER HAS RECEDED.

City of Loveland, Colorado

Due to worsening conditions and rising floodwaters Wilson Avenue is now closed. Wilson was the last open north-south thoroughfare as of 11 p.m. Thursday night.

The closure of Wilson Avenue means that the City has essentially been split in half by the Big Thompson River.

I-25 is the only current available route for north-south travel in and near Loveland. Residents living south of the river will need to take Hwy. 60 to I-25. Residents on the north side of the river will need to take Hwy. 34 to I-25. Again, the Police department is strongly discouraging any non-essential travel.

Boulder Office of Emergency Management

  • 9/13 6:02 am: The only road into Longmont is at I-25 and Highway 66 to Main Street. Any north-south travel in Longmont is cut off by the St Vrain River.
  • 9/13 5:25 am: The City of Longmont is cut in half by the St. Vrain River. Main Street/U.S. 287 is closed from Missouri Street south to Plateau Road. This closure joins the closure of other primary north/south arteries including Hover Road/96th Street, Airport Road.
  • 9/13 5:25 am: All roads into and out of Lyons have been washed out or underwater for the past two days.
  • 9:13 2:13 am: All Boulder County residents are asked to stay inside and off the roads. Driving conditions are dangerous and roads are impassable in many areas.


Emergency: Flooding in Larimer County
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  • 9/13 5:37 am: The cities of Fort Collins and Loveland have been heavily involved in the flooding issues. Many bridges are closed in both communities.
  • 9/12 11:45 pm: As of approx. 11:45 we received a report that 6000 CFS of water was being released into the Big Thompson River from Olympus Dam in Estes Park, due to unexpected heavier rain fall above the dam. This increase in flow was expected to push he flow in the Big Thompson River to approx. 10,000 CFS, which will cause flooding all along the Big Thompson River from below the dam thru the City of Loveland to Weld County
  • 9/12 11:30 pm: As of about 11:30 PM on Thursday the 12th, information was received that Seaman Res. was full and over topping the spill way with approx. 3800 CFS of water. The Poudre River was reported to be at 6600 CFS at the mouth of the canyon. With the addition of the two flows we are expecting flows over 10,000 CFS. This flow will cause moderate to severe flooding below the mouth of the canyon

Gov. John Hickenlooper

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 — President Barack Obama approved a request today from Gov. John Hickenlooper for federal disaster assistance related to the flooding in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties.

“The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas,” a notice to the Governor’s Office says.

The disaster declaration triggers the release of federal funds to help with emergency protective measures. Additional support may be made available at a later date when damage assessment can be done.

More information:
National Weather Service watches and warnings for Colorado
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