Emergency Information

Flooding in Larimer County

10:20 AM - Oct 5

 The trail between Bobcat Ridge and Storm Mountain is OPEN. .The  Bobcat Ridge Natural Area is closed to recreational use at this time.

The trail traverses private property and will be monitored for the potential of damage that moisture and increased traffic may cause. Anticipate that the trail will close temporarily going forward when conditions warrant. When using the trail, residents are asked to limit vehicular traffic to off-road vehicles only, to stay on the trail to respect the adjoining private property, and to leave gates in their found condition. It is important to limit avoidable damage to the trail and to remain on the trail to keep the trail open for those that need it.

Resident credentials are required for anyone going behind all checkpoints and roadblocks into flood affected areas. Credentials are available at the Sheriff’s Office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Credentialing at the gate will only be done as staffing allows.  It is recommended that residents pick up their credentials at the Sheriff's office. 

A combination for the gate lock is needed to access this trail.  The combination will be given at the time credentials are issued.

Friends assisting residents must be accompanied by a resident with credentials.

Individuals found behind the checkpoints and roadblocks without credentials will be cited. Patrols will be active in all areas. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Posse is now patrolling the remote areas on horseback.

8:10 AM - Oct 4

Power Line Trail between Bobcat Ridge and Storm Mountain has been CLOSED due to weather conditions. The  Bobcat Ridge Natural Area is also closed to recreational use at this time.  The trail will be reopened once conditions improve. 

The trail traverses private property and is monitored for the potential of damage that moisture and increased traffic may cause. Anticipate that the trail will close temporarily going forward when conditions warrant.

8:35 AM - Sep 29

NEW INFORMATION FOR AFFECTED RESIDENTS as of 09/29/2013

 

The trail between Bobcat Ridge and Storm Mountain re-opens today for local residents affected by the floodand will remain open as weather and trail conditions allow. The trail will be open during daylight hours only.

 

The trail traverses private property and will be monitored for the potential of damage that moisture and increased traffic may cause. Anticipate that the trail will close temporarily going forward when conditions warrant. When using the trail, residents are asked to limit vehicular traffic to off-road vehicles only, to stay on the trail to respect the adjoining private property, and to leave gates in their found condition. It is important to limit avoidable damage to the trail and to remain on the trail to keep the trail open for those that need it.

 

Resident credentials are required for anyone going behind all checkpoints and roadblocks into flood affected areas.  The Sheriff’s Office will continue to remain at the gate at Bobcat Ridge to credential those needing access to their properties via this route.

 

Individuals found behind the checkpoints and roadblocks without credentials will be cited.  Patrols will be active in all areas.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Posse is now patrolling the remote areas on horseback.

 

 

8:30 PM - Sep 27

 NEW INFORMATION FOR AFFECTED RESIDENTS ONLY as of 09/27/2013

 

Rain has forced the temporary closure of the access route known as Powerline Trail, between Bobcat Ridge Open Space and Storm Mountain area neighborhoods isolated due to flooding. Wet conditions are quickly degrading the trail in conjunction with the increased traffic of residents affected by the recent flooding. As a result the trail is closed until the area dries out and the trail can be inspected for damage. Repairs could be necessary before reopening.

 

Local property owners plan to continue working with flood victims that desire access as soon as trailconditions stabilize and needed repairs are made.

 

Resident credentials are required for anyone going behind the checkpoints and roadblocks.  As a result, the Sheriff’s Office will continue to remain at the gate at Bobcat Ridge to credential those needing access to their properties via this route. Personnel will be present tomorrow and through the weekend despite the temporary gate closure.

 

Individuals found behind the checkpoints and roadblocks without credentials will be cited.  Patrols will be active in all areas.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Posse is now patrolling the remote areas on horseback.

2:22 PM - Sep 26

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the City of Fort Collins is providing residents of Storm Mountain access to Power Line Trail via the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.  This area will only be accessible with specialized vehicles designed to handle the extremely rough terrain or by horseback or hiking in. 

Storm Mountain residents may obtain credentials for this access at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Fort Collins Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, credentials will be available on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the entrance to the Bobcat Ridge Natural area.  A photo id with a current address on Storm Mountain or a photo id and proof of residency (utility bill, tax statements, etc.) must be presented to be issued credentials.
 
Previously issued credentials for Storm Mountain will be valid for the new route. Access via Buckhorn Road to Forest Service Road 153 will continue to be available to residents as well.
 
Residents attempting to get back to their homes will encounter many unknown hazards and will enter at their own risk.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office cannot guarantee the safety of residents who enter this area or guarantee that deputies will be available to provide assistance if needed.
Regular patrols are being conducted including patrols by the Larimer County Sheriff's Posse in the area. Individuals without credentials will be cited.  Residents in the closed areas who see people without credentials are asked to contact the Larimer County Sheriff's office at 970-416-1985.  
A combination to the gate lock is required for access to the Storm Mountain Area (via Power Line Trail) and this combination will be issued to residents with proper credentials.

5:06 PM - Sep 25

 LATEST INFORMATION 

This will be the last daily flood update as operations enter the recovery phase; however, we will continue to publish information as needed.
 
The National Guard completed their assignments in Larimer County as of today.  The checkpoints they have been staffing were turned over to the Sheriff's office.  Checkpoints will be staffed by deputies and/or there will be active patrols in the area.  The Sheriff's office extends their thanks and gratitude to the National Guard for once again helping us during an emergency.
 
Resident credentials are now required for anyone going behind the checkpoints and roadblocks.  This includes both the Estes Park area and Pinewood Springs. Individuals behind the checkpoints and roadblocks without credentials will be cited.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Posse is now patrolling the remote areas on horseback.
 
CURRENT ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE
 
Buckhorn Road (CR27) is closed north of mile marker 13 (up to 13185)
CR29 is closed south of CR22H
Stove Prairie Road  closed north of Rist Canyon Road at 7114 to Highway 14
Stove Prairie Road closed south of Rist Canyon Road at just before Ohana
Highway 34 is closed between Glade Road and CR23H west of Loveland
Highway 34 is closed at CR29 west of Loveland
CR43 is closed at mile marker 3
Highway 34 is closed at Mall Road in Estes Park
Highway 36 is closed at mile marker 6.5 outside of Estes Park
 
For additional information on County Road closures, please refer to the website:
www.larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm .
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
  
ACCESS CREDENTIALS
 
As access becomes available to areas affected by the flood, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office will be requiring registration and credentialing to enter these areas and will be limited to residents only. These areas may be accessible only by means other than a regular vehicle. (ATV, hiking, horse, etc.).  It is highly recommended that the area of the Big Thompson Canyon (Highway 34) between the mouth of the canyon west to Drake be avoided.
 
Registration and credentialing are required for those residents attempting to gain access.  A photo id with a current address in the closed area or a photo id and proof of residency (utility bill, tax statements, etc.) must be presented to be issued credentials.
 
Registration and credentialing will be available at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office located at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Ft. Collins, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the Estes Park Police Department between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
Residents of Storm Mountain, Drake and points east including east of The Retreat and the Waltonia area must get credentials from the Sheriff's office in Fort Collins.
 
Residents may access County Road 43 down to Glen Haven with regular vehicles from Estes Park. Highway 34 to mile marker 72 is also open to residents from Estes Park.
 
The Retreat by Glen Haven is accessible to residents only by hiking in.  Parking is only available at the roadblock.
 
Residents of Meadowdale Hills - Meadowview Drive, Pinion Trail, Alpine Dr, Pole Hill Road, CR122, Timber Lane, Overlook Lane, Columbine Lane, Pine Tree Drive, Juniper Lane, Hell Canyon Road and addresses below the 6300 block of Highway 36 will have unrestricted access and will not need a pass.
 
Pinewood Springs is accessible to residents only by hiking in.
 
Residents attempting to get back to their homes will encounter many unknown hazards and will enter at their own risk.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office cannot guarantee the safety of residents who enter these areas or guarantee that deputies will be available to provide assistance if needed.
 
Regular patrols are being conducted including patrols by the Larimer County Sheriff's Posse in the remote areas. Individuals without credentials will be cited.  Residents in the closed areas who see people without credentials are asked to contact the Larimer County Sheriff's office at 970-416-1985.
 
RECOVERY INFORMATION
For all the information on both the Disaster Assistance Center and Distribution Center please see the website http://www.larimer.org/flooding2013/ .
 
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
 
The Joint Information Center is now closed but the public information line recording on 970-498-5500 will be updated for the near future. For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  
 
The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
           
http://facebook.com/larimersheriff and https://twitter.com/@larimersheriff
 

 

Website updates at:
 

www.larimersheriff.org

 

www.larimer.org/emergency

www.larimer.org/flooding2013/
 
BEWARE OF SCAMS
.
See http://www.larimersheriff.org/site-page/frauds-and-scams for additional information and tips on scams and what to do if you have fallen victim to a scammer. 

10:39 AM - Sep 25

Here is the latest update to the road closures.  A reminder that these areas are open to residents with credentials only.
 
Buckhorn Road (CR27) is closed north of mile marker 13 (up to 13185)
CR29 is closed south of CR22H
CR43 is closed at mile marker 3
Stove Prairie Road  closed north of Rist Canyon Road at 7114
Stove Prairie Road closed south of Rist Canyon Road at just before Ohana
Highway 34 is closed between Glade Road and CR23H west of Loveland
Highway 34 is closed at CR29 west of Loveland
Highway 34 is closed at Mall Road in Estes Park
Highway 36 is closed at Mall Road in Estes Park

For a complete list of road closures be check http://www.larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm

 

8:34 AM - Sep 25

FEMA ADVISES TO BE CAUTIOUS WHEN RETURNING TO A FLOOD-DAMAGED HOME

 

Homeowners returning to flood-damaged homes should use caution – structural damage may have made the house unsafe, electricity and gas may pose a threat, and animals may have taken up residence in the house. A careful and systematic approach is recommended when returning to any area after a severe storm or flood.

 

Going Home

 

Inspect the outside of the house before entering. Look for cracks in the foundation and make sure that porch roofs and overhangs are adequately supported. If you have any doubts about safety, do not enter and have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer.

•  Turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker from a dry location. Never turn power on or off or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water.

•  Turn off the gas.

•  Call the utility company if you find downed power lines or suspect a gas leak.

•   Do not use generators or other gasoline-powered machines indoors. They emit carbon monoxide that can be deadly. All cooking on camp stoves and charcoal grills should only be done outside.

Entering Your Home

If it appears safe to enter, do so carefully. Heed the following precautions:

•  A stuck door may mean that the ceiling is ready to cave in. If it only sticks at the bottom, it can be forced open. If it sticks at the top, your ceiling may be ready to fall.

•  Check ceilings for signs of sagging. Rain or deep flooding may soak plaster and drywall. Expect floors to be slippery. Remove any debris that may have floated into your home.

•  Be on the lookout for snakes, wild or stray animals. Remember that insects may have moved in while the house was empty.

Cleaning Up Your Home

 

Groundwater creates enormous pressure on basement walls and floors. Drain the basement no more than one foot per day to minimize further damage.

 

Floodwaters damage materials, leave mud, silt and unknown contaminants and promote the growth of mold and mildew. Dry your home to reduce these hazards and the damage they cause. Let fresh air move through your home. Open windows and doors if weather permits.

 

• Walls, floors, closets, shelves, contents and other parts of your home that have been flooded should be thoroughly washed and disinfected. Disinfect items that may have been contaminated by raw sewage, bacteria, or chemicals.

• Have appliances checked by a professional before using them again. Check with your local power company before turning the electricity on.

• Pump out wells and have the water tested by experts before drinking. Do not flush toilets until you know that sewage lines are intact.

5:46 PM - Sep 24

As a clarification, it needs to be noted that an earlier post said that Co. Rd. 52e (the Rist Canyon Road) was open but to residents only and therefore suggesting the possibility that credentialing might be an issue to access this road. That is incorrect. The road is open and unrestricted, as is Poudre Canyon, highway 14. Please be advised however that Co. Rd. 27 from the Stove Prairie School (intersection of 27 and 52e) north to the Poudre Canyon is still closed to through traffic all the way to Hwy. 14 because of road damage and debris. Apologies for any confusion.

4:48 PM - Sep 24

 LATEST INFORMATION 

The Type 3 management team has taken over management of the incident and the Emergency Operations Center is up and running at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
 
Activities continue to focus more on the long term recovery and less on search and rescue.
 
Resident credentials are now required for anyone going behind the checkpoints and roadblocks.  This includes both Estes Park and Pinewood Springs which previously only required proof of residency and a photo id.  Individuals behind the checkpoints and roadblocks without credentials will be cited.  Patrols will be active in all areas.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Posse is now patrolling the remote areas on horseback.
 
Everyone on the missing list published yesterday has been accounted for. We have one person listed as missing presumed dead, and one confirmed fatality.
 
CDOT announced the opening of Highway 14 through the Poudre Canyon from Highway 287 (Ted's Place) to Cameron Pass.
 
CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES
 
Rist Canyon (CR52E) is open to residents only
CR54E is closed west of Highway 287
CR27 is closed north of mile marker 13
CR23 is closed north of CR50C
Highway 34 is closed between Glade Road and 23H is open to residents only.
Highway 34 is closed at CR29
CR29 is closed south of CR22H
 
For additional information on County Road closures, please refer to the website:
www.larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm .
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
 
 
ACCESS CREDENTIALS
 
As access becomes available to areas affected by the flood, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office will be requiring registration and credentialing to enter these areas and will be limited to residents only. These areas may be accessible only by means other than a regular vehicle. (ATV, hiking, horse, etc.).  It is highly recommended that the area of the Big Thompson Canyon (Highway 34) between the mouth of the canyon west to Drake be avoided.
 
Registration and credentialing are required for those residents attempting to gain access.  A photo id and proof of residency (utility bill, tax statements, etc.) must be presented to be issued credentials.
 
Registration and credentialing will be available at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office located at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Ft. Collins, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Credentials may also be obtained at the Disaster Assistance Center located at 815 14th Street SW, Building B in Loveland on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24th & 25th from noon to 7:00 p.m.
 
In the Estes Park area, credentials are now required and may be obtained at the checkpoint or at the Estes Park Police Department. Residents may access County Road up to Glen Haven with regular vehicles.  The Meadowdale area and Highway 34 to mile marker 72 is also open to residents.  The Retreat by Glen Haven is open for hikers only.
 
Residents of Pinewood Springs may also hike in on Highway 36 from the Larimer County side. Credentials are now required for this area and may be obtained at the checkpoint or at the Estes Park Police Department.
 
Residents attempting to get back to their homes will encounter many unknown hazards and will enter at their own risk.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office cannot guarantee the safety of residents who enter these areas or guarantee that deputies will be available to provide assistance if needed.
 
Regular patrols are being conducted including patrols by the Larimer County Sheriff's Posse in the remote areas. Individuals without credentials will be cited.
 
RECOVERY INFORMATION
For all the information on both the Disaster Assistance Center and Distribution Center please see the website http://www.larimer.org/flooding2013/ .
 
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
 
The Joint Information Center is now closed but the public information line recording on 970-498-5500 will be updated for the near future. For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  
 
The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
            www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and on Twitter @LarimerSheriff
 
Website updates at:
www.larimersheriff.org
www.larimer.org/emergency
            www.larimer.org/flooding2013/
 
BEWARE OF SCAMS
.
See http://www.larimersheriff.org/site-page/frauds-and-scams for additional information and tips on scams and what to do if you have fallen victim to a scammer. 

4:34 PM - Sep 24

 As access becomes available to areas affected by the flood, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office will be requiring registration and credentialing to enter these areas and will be limited to residents only. These areas may be accessible only by means other than a regular vehicle. (ATV, hiking, horse, etc.).  It is highly recommended that the area of the Big Thompson Canyon (Highway 34) between the mouth of the canyon west to Drake be avoided.

Registration and credentialing are required for those residents attempting to gain access.  A photo id and proof of residency (utility bill, tax statements, etc.) must be presented to be issued credentials.

Registration and credentialing will be available at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office located at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Ft. Collins, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Credentials may also be obtained at the Disaster Assistance Center located at 815 14th Street SW, Building B in Loveland on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24th & 25th from noon to 7:00 p.m.

In the Estes Park area, credentials are now required and may be obtained at the checkpoint or at the Estes Park Police Department. Residents may access County Road 43 up to Glen Haven with regular vehicles.  The Meadowdale area and Highway 34 to mile marker 72 is also open to residents.  The Retreat by Glen Haven is open for hikers only..

Residents of Pinewood Springs may also hike in on Highway 36 from the Larimer County side. Credentials are now required for this area and may be obtained at the checkpoint or at the Estes Park Police Department.

Residents attempting to get back to their homes will encounter many unknown hazards and will enter at their own risk.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office cannot guarantee the safety of residents who enter these areas or guarantee that deputies will be available to provide assistance if needed.

Regular patrols are being conducted including patrols by the Larimer County Sheriff's Posse in the remote areas. Individuals without credentials will be cited.

10:54 AM - Sep 24

UPDATED HOURS FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE CENTER

 The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) is now open. The DAC is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #B (for Benefits), Loveland CO 80537The Disaster Assistance Center will have representatives from government agencies, insurance providers, health and human services, volunteer organizations, utility companies and more to answer questions.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 23 and from that date forward: 
• Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday 

Weekend hours (beginning Saturday, Sept. 28 and from that date forward):
• Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
• Sunday: noon to 4 p.m.
 

Donations accepted 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Proof of residence within the flood zone is required.
 

5:23 PM - Sep 23

The first confirmed fatality of the flood was found on Saturday, September 21 on the bank of the Big Thompson River in the 2900-block of North County Road 31D. The coroner has identified the deceased as Evelyn Starner, 79, of Cedar Cove. 

Targeted rescues continued over the weekend and a total of 16 people were rescued and brought to the Timberline Church evacuation center. Rescue operations are winding down and we are beginning to  transition into the assessment/recovery mode for long term planning.
 
The Type 2 management team is transitioning management of the incident back to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office and a Type 3 local management team beginning Tuesday morning, September 24.
 
 
LATEST INFORMATION
 
Total number of rescued as of Monday morning, September 23rd is 1,212 people.
 
There is now only one confirmed report of missing/presumed dead, a 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman. The 46-year-old man from Drake that had been listed as missing/presumed dead was found alive and well. He managed to climb out of a window of his cabin just before it was washed away by the flood. The third individual was confirmed deceased this weekend.
 
The six individuals who had been listed as unaccounted are now listed as missing. They have been identified as:
 
1. James Atwood from 778 Estes Park Estates Drive, Pinewood Springs
2. Bruce Bechtel from 1630 14th Street SE, Loveland
3. Carl Grunke, from 450 Hillside Lane or 626 Little Prospect Rd, Estes Park
4. Jon-Erik Huffspater from unspecified address in Loveland
5. Marilyn Powell from 148 Big Pine Lane, Drake
6. Michael Williams from 13964 CR 43, Drake 
 
 
CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES
 
Highway 14 west of CR29C is open to residents only.
Highway 14 east of Stove Prairie landing is open to residents only.
Rist Canyon (CR52E) is open to residents only
CR54E is closed west of Highway 287
CR27 is closed north of mile marker 13
CR23 is closed north of CR50C
CR21C is closed Lyons Park
Highway 34 is closed between Glade Road and 23H is open to residents only.
Highway 34 is closed at CR29
CR29 is closed south of CR22H
 
For additional information on County Road closures, please refer to the website:
www.larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm .
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
 
ACCESS CREDENTIALS
 
As access becomes available to areas affected by the flood, we will be requiring registration and credentialing limited to residents only. These areas may be accessible only by means other than vehicle. (ATV, hiking, horse, etc.). It is highly recommended that the area of the Big Thompson Canyon (Highway 34) between the mouth of the canyon west to Drake be avoided.
Registration and credentialing is required for those residents attempting to gain access. A photo id and proof of residency (utility bill, tax statements, etc.) must be presented to be issued credentials.
Registration and credentialing will be available at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office located at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Ft. Collins, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m, Monday through Friday. Credentials may also be obtained at the Disaster Assistance Center located at 815 14th Street SW, Building B in Loveland on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24th & 25th from noon to 7:00 p.m.
In the Estes Park area, residents may access Highway 43 down to Glen Haven with regular vehicles. The Meadowdale area and Highway 34 to mile marker 72 is also open to residents. The Retreat by Glen Haven is open for hikers only. Credentials are not required for these areas.
Residents of Pinewood Springs may also hike in on Highway 36 from the Larimer County side. Credentials are not required.
Residents attempting to get back to their homes will encounter many unknown hazards and will enter at their own risk. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office cannot guarantee the safety of residents who enter these areas or guarantee that deputies will be available to provide assistance if needed. 
HOW TO HELP
 
Local Residents can call United Way 211 to contact the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information. Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.
 
The Larimer County Disaster Distribution Center is accepting donations and anyone wishing to donate there can go to 815 14th Street SW, Building #D, in Loveland, CO 80537 from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 
DISASTER ASSISTANCE CENTER AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER

The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) is now open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The DAC is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #B (for Benefits), Loveland CO 80537The Disaster Assistance Center will have representatives from government agencies, insurance providers, health and human services, volunteer organizations, utility companies and more to answer questions.
 
The Disaster Distribution Center is now open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.and is available to anyone impacted by the Larimer County 2013 Flood. The Distribution Center is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #D (for Donations), Loveland, CO 80537.
 
For all the information on both the Disaster Assistance Center and Distribution Center please see the website http://www.larimer.org/flooding2013/
 
 
EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS
 
Red Cross Shelters have been set up in the following areas:
Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland - 800 S. Taft Avenue    
Timberline Church - 2908 S. Timberline Road
 
The Ranch in Loveland is accepting large animals from evacuees for short term boarding only. Owners will be required to feed and care for their animals. Evacuees need make arrangements for long term boarding, if necessary.
 
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
 
To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-416-1985.
 
The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is www.safeandwell.org.  
  
 
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
 
The Joint Information Center is now closed but the public information line recording on 970-498-5500 will be updated for the near future. For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  
 
The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
      www.facebook.com/larimersheriff and @LarimerSheriff
Website updates at:
www.larimersheriff.org
www.larimer.org/emergency
      www.larimer.org/flooding2013/
 
BEWARE OF SCAMS
 
Natural Disasters bring out the best and the worst in people and unfortunately con artists and criminals take advantage of those who have been devastated by these large events. Below is a short list of common scams reported by Military One Source that take place and residents should be aware of:
Home Repair Frauds- Home repair and cleanup frauds are very common after natural disasters. Be extremely careful before hiring anyone to work on your home. Check references, never pay a contractor or other vendor in cash, always get a written estimate and ask for a second opinion. Also remember never to pay the full amount for work done before work has begun.
Fake Charities - Con artists and criminals often pretend to solicit money to help victims of a natural disaster and will make up a name of a charity which sounds nearly identical to a legitimate charity. Check out any charity groups you are unfamiliar with, never make cash donations and always make checks payable to the organization and not the individual soliciting money for the charity.
Fake FEMA Representatives - Sometimes a con artist will pretend to be a FEMA representative, collecting a "processing fee" for an emergency loan or other financial assistance. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of an agency always call the agency directly to confirm that representative is legitimate. Do not use the phone number the solicitor gives you. The number for FEMA is 1-800-621-3362.
Identity Theft - Losing important papers and documents in times of a natural disaster is common. These items contain important personal information like social security numbers, bank account numbers and credit card numbers which can be used by criminals to make purchases and/or open new accounts in your name. To avoid these problems makes sure to use a paper shredder to dispose of any papers or documents with personal information when you are cleaning up after a disaster. Get a copy of your credit report a few weeks after the disaster to make sure no one has illegally used your information. Contact your creditors immediately to report lost credit cards and contact your bank if you find you are missing checks or a bank card.
See http://www.larimersheriff.org/site-page/frauds-and-scams for additional information and tips on what to do if you have fallen victim to a scammer.

3:14 PM - Sep 23

The 46-year-old Drake man that had been listed as missing, presumed dead as been found alive and well and has checked in with authorities. The man told deputies he managed to climb out of a window in his house before it was swept away by the flood. 

That leaves only one person, a 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman on the missing presumed dead list. The 79-year-old Cedar Cove woman (originally reported as 80 years old) was confirmed dead over the weekend.
 
The six individuals on the unaccounted list have now officially been listed as missing. These people are not presumed dead but are listed as missing because their family and friends have been unable to contact them since before the flood. In some cases contact with these individuals was sporadic even before the flood and there is no way to be sure they were at the addresses listed.
 
The six individuals now listed as missing are: 
 
1. James Atwood from 778 Estes Park Estates Drive, Pinewood Springs
2. Bruce Bechtel from 1630 14th Street SE, Loveland
3. Carl Grunke, from 450 Hillside Lane or 626 Little Prospect Rd, Estes Park
4. Jon-Erik Huffspater from unspecified address in Loveland
5. Marilyn Powell from 148 Big Pine Lane, Drake
6. Michael Williams from 13964 CR 43, Drake
 
Anyone with information on these individuals is asked to call Investigator Kevin Maul at 970-498-5164.

3:13 PM - Sep 23

The body of an unidentified female was found at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21 on the bank of the Big Thompson River near the 2900-block of North County Road 31D. 
 
Larimer County Sheriff's Office and Larimer County Coroner investigators responded to the scene. The body was subsequently air lifted to the Fort Collins-Loveland airport and then transported to the offices of the Larimer County Coroner.
 
It is believed to be the body of the 79-year-old Cedar Cove woman previously listed as missing, presumed dead. (Note: We originally reported this missing woman as being 80 years old.)
 
This is the first confirmed fatality in Larimer County due to the flooding. A 60-year-old woman from Cedar Cove and a 46-year-old man from Drake are currently listed as missing, presumed dead.
 
The Larimer County Coroner will release the identity of the deceased as well as the manner and cause of death after the next of kin have been notified.

11:48 AM - Sep 20

 Targeted rescues continued yesterday and a total of 8 people were rescued and brought to the Timberline Church evacuation center. Rescue operations remain a top priority; however, we are beginning a slow transition into the assessment/recovery mode for long term planning.

 Residents only will now be allowed past the roadblock at Hwy 14 and County Road 29C (McMurray Ranch Road) to the roadblock at Hwy 14 and County Road 27 (Stove Prairie Road). Escorts and curfew have been discontinued.

 LATEST INFORMATION

1    The Larimer County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with multiple federal, state, county and local agencies as well as several charitable organizations, will be holding an evacuee informational meeting today, Friday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m.  This meeting will be held at the Budweiser Event Center, located at 5290 Arena Circle in Loveland, Colorado.

2.      This meeting will be streamed live at www.cityofloveland.com/lovelandmeets and will also be streamed live to all evacuees in the Estes Park Conference Center at 101 South Saint Vrain.

3.      There are 4 helicopters flying missions today, 3 agency helicopters and 1 National Guard helicopter, to help with rescue operations. There are 6 helicopters on stand-by at Buckley Air Force Base.

4.      We are now estimating that approximately 367 residents have chosen to shelter in place and remain in their homes. 

5.      Search and Rescue Teams have completed searching 7,724 structures which is approximately 90% of the total number of structures in the flood area.

6.      Total number of rescued as of Friday morning, September 20th is 1,191 people.

7.      The number of unaccounted people is now 82. This does not mean that they are missing, it just means that they have not been contacted yet.

8.      There are only three confirmed reports of missing/presumed dead. A 46-year-old Drake man, a 60-year-old woman and an 80-year old woman both from Cedar Cove. All three homes had been reported washed away.

9.      A reminder to citizens: IT IS ILLEGAL to circumvent roadblocks, barricades or police tape either by bypassing them, moving them or using alternate routes to get into the area.  This applies to walking, biking or driving. Roads are not safe even if they appear to be.  It is dangerous to be on closed roads and bridges.  Violators will be ticketed.

10.  The Larimer County Landfill is now accepting flood debris and waste from the recent flooding events.   For details on costs please refer to the website http://www.larimer.org/solidwaste

11.  The Larimer County Humane Society is compiling a list of residents who have needs for animal rescue in evacuated areas.  Anyone with questions can call 970-226-3647, option #7.

HOW TO HELP

·         Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to contact the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information.  Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.

·         The Larimer County Disaster Distribution Center is accepting donations and anyone wishing to donate there can go to 815 14th Street SW, Building #D, in Loveland, CO 80537 from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

·         The Larimer County Sheriff's Office 2nd Annual Jailbreak 4-Mile Family Run/Walk will be held as planned on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:00 a.m..  The event is to benefit the Child Advocacy Center (CAC); however, in addition to donations for the CAC, cash donations will be accepted for the Larimer County flood relief efforts during the event.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE CENTER AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER

·         The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) is now open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The DAC is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #B (for Benefits), Loveland CO 80537The Disaster Assistance Center will have representatives from government agencies, insurance providers, health and human services, volunteer organizations, utility companies and more to answer questions.

·         The Disaster Distribution Center is now open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is available to anyone impacted by the Larimer County 2013 Flood.  The Distribution Center is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #D (for Donations), Loveland, CO 80537.

·         For all the information on both the Disaster Assistance Center and Distribution Center please see the website http://www.larimer.org/flooding2013/

EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS

·         Red Cross Shelters have been set up in the following areas:

                        Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland - 800 S. Taft Avenue    

                        Estes Park Conference Center in Estes Park - 101 S. Saint Vrain

                       Timberline Church - 2908 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins

·         The Ranch in Loveland is accepting large animals from evacuees for short term boarding only. Owners will be required to feed and care for their animals. Evacuees need make arrangements for long term boarding, if necessary.

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES/OPENINGS  

 

For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website:

http://larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm

For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.

 

FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY

·         To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.

·         The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is www.safeandwell.org The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.

PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

 

·         The public information line is 970-498-5500 and will be staffed by live volunteers from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through today, Friday September 20, 2013.  For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  

·         The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
            www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and @LarimerSheriff

·         Website updates at:

            www.larimersheriff.org

            www.larimer.org/emergency

            www.larimer.org/flooding2013/

MEDIA BRIEFINGS

·         There will be no more Media Briefings unless the situation changes.

BEWARE OF SCAMS

·         Natural Disasters bring out the best and the worst in people and unfortunately con artists and criminals take advantage of those who have been devastated by these large events.  Below is a short list of common scams reported by Military One Source that take place and residents should be aware of:

1.      Home Repair Frauds- Home repair and cleanup frauds are very common after natural disasters.  Be extremely careful before hiring anyone to work on your home.  Check references, never pay a contractor or other vendor in cash, always get a written estimate and ask for a second opinion.  Also remember never to pay the full amount for work done before work has begun.

2.      Fake Charities - Con artists and criminals often pretend to solicit money to help victims of a natural disaster and will make up a name of a charity which sounds nearly identical to a legitimate charity.  Check out any charity groups you are unfamiliar with, never make cash donations and always make checks payable to the organization and not the individual soliciting money for the charity.

3.      Fake FEMA Representatives - Sometimes a con artist will pretend to be a FEMA representative, collecting a "processing fee" for an emergency loan or other financial assistance.  If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of an agency always call the agency directly to confirm that representative is legitimate. Do not use the phone number the solicitor gives you.  The number for FEMA is 1-800-621-3362.

4.      Identity Theft - Losing important papers and documents in times of a natural disaster is common.  These items contain important personal information like social security numbers, bank account numbers and credit card numbers which can be used by criminals to make purchases and/or open new accounts in your name.  To avoid these problems makes sure to use a paper shredder to dispose of any papers or documents with personal information when you are cleaning up after a disaster. Get a copy of your credit report a few weeks after the disaster to make sure no one has illegally used your information. Contact your creditors immediately to report lost credit cards and contact your bank if you find you are missing checks or a bank card.

·         See http://www.larimersheriff.org/site-page/frauds-and-scams for additional information and tips on what to do if you have fallen victim to a scammer.

 

1:56 PM - Sep 19

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office in coordination with multiple federal, state, county and local agencies as well as several charitable organizations will be holding an evacuee informational meeting tomorrow, Friday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m.  This meeting will be held at the Budweiser Event Center, located at 5290 Arena Circle in Loveland, Colorado.
 
Speakers will include Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, Larimer County Manager Linda Hoffmann, Larimer County Recovery Manager Suzanne Bassinger, Larimer County Road and Bridge Representative Dale Miller, a representative from Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and several others.  This meeting will be a chance for all those evacuees affected by the flooding in Larimer County to gain valuable information on the current flooding situation and the long term recovery process.  Topics discussed will range from safety precautions regarding clean-up, the status of the public road system and assessment of road and bridge damage to mental health services available and updates on the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) and Disaster Distribution Center.
 
This meeting will be streamed live at www.cityofloveland.org/lovelandmeets and will also be streamed live to all evacuees in the Estes Park Conference Center at 101 South Saint Vrain.
 
Please note, this meeting is intended only for those who were evacuated or lost their homes or are otherwise directly impacted by the flooding event in Larimer County.

  

12:26 PM - Sep 19

Targeted rescues continued yesterday and a total of 28 people were rescued and brought to the Timberline Church evacuation center.  Rescue operations remain a top priority; however, we are beginning a slow transition into the assessment/recovery mode for long term planning.  A cold front dropped into the area last night, bringing lower temperatures, rain and a chance for afternoon thunderstorms.  The additional rain that fell overnight and during the early morning hours did not cause any additional flooding issues.

 
LATEST INFORMATION
 

1.      There are 15 helicopters flying missions today to help with rescue operations.

2.      At this time we are estimating that approximately 120 people in Storm Mountain Area and another 73 people in Pinewood Springs have chosen to shelter in place and remain in their homes.  We are still working on compiling an exact list of how many residents are choosing to shelter in place and making sure they are aware of the ramifications of their choice to stay behind.

3.      Sheriff Justin Smith personally flew into the Storm Mountain area to meet with residents choosing to shelter in place and answer questions yesterday.  He plans to go to Pinewood Springs today and meet with residents there.

4.      Total number of rescued as of Thursday morning, September 19th is 1,183 people.

5.      The number of unaccounted people is now 139. 

6.      There are three confirmed reports of missing/presumed dead with the addition of a 46-year-old Drake man whose home was washed away.  The two prior reports were of a 60-year-old woman and an 80-year old woman from Cedar Cove who also had homes washed away.

7.      A reminder to citizens: IT IS ILLEGAL to circumvent roadblocks, barricades or police tape either by bypassing them, moving them or using alternate routes to get into the area.  This applies to walking, biking or driving. Roads are not safe even if they appear to be.  It is dangerous to be on closed roads and bridges.  Violators will be ticketed.

8.      The Larimer County Landfill is now accepting flood debris and waste from the recent flooding events.   For details on costs please refer to the website http://www.larimer.org/solidwaste

9.      The Larimer County Humane Society is compiling a list of residents who have needs for animal rescue in evacuated areas.  Anyone with questions can call 970-226-3647, option #7.

BEWARE OF SCAMS
 
·         Natural Disasters bring out the best and the worst in people and unfortunately con artists and criminals take advantage of those who have been devastated by these large events.  Below is a short list of common scams reported by Military One Source that take place and residents should be aware of:
1.      Home Repair Frauds- Home repair and cleanup frauds are very common after natural disasters.  Be extremely careful before hiring anyone to work on your home.  Check references, never pay a contractor or other vendor in cash, always get a written estimate and ask for a second opinion.  Also remember never to pay the full amount for work done before work has begun.
2.      Fake Charities - Con artists and criminals often pretend to solicit money to help victims of a natural disaster and will make up a name of a charity which sounds nearly identical to a legitimate charity.  Check out any charity groups you are unfamiliar with, never make cash donations and always make checks payable to the organization and not the individual soliciting money for the charity.
3.      Fake FEMA Representatives - Sometimes a con artist will pretend to be a FEMA representative, collecting a "processing fee" for an emergency loan or other financial assistance.  If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of an agency always call the agency directly to confirm that representative is legitimate. Do not use the phone number the solicitor gives you.  The number for FEMA is 1-800-621-3362.
4.      Identity Theft - Losing important papers and documents in times of a natural disaster is common.  These items contain important personal information like social security numbers, bank account numbers and credit card numbers which can be used by criminals to make purchases and/or open new accounts in your name.  To avoid these problems makes sure to use a paper shredder to dispose of any papers or documents with personal information when you are cleaning up after a disaster. Get a copy of your credit report a few weeks after the disaster to make sure no one has illegally used your information. Contact your creditors immediately to report lost credit cards and contact your bank if you find you are missing checks or a bank card.

·         See http://www.larimersheriff.org/site-page/frauds-and-scams for additional information and tips on what to do if you have fallen victim to a scammer.

 
HOW TO HELP

·         Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to contact the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information.  Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.

·         The Larimer County Disaster Distribution Center is accepting donations and anyone wishing to donate there can go to 815 14th Street SW, Building #D, in Loveland, CO 80537 from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

·         The Larimer County Sheriff's Office 2nd Annual Jailbreak 4-Mile Family Run/Walk will be held as planned on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:00 a.m..  The event is to benefit the Child Advocacy Center (CAC); however, in addition to donations for the CAC, cash donations will be accepted for the Larimer County flood relief efforts during the event.

 
DISASTER ASSISTANCE CENTER AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER

·         The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) is now open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The DAC is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #B (for Benefits), Loveland CO 80537The Disaster Assistance Center will have representatives from government agencies, insurance providers, health and human services, volunteer organizations, utility companies and more to answer questions.

·         A limited number of free tetanus shots are available at the DAC today, September 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

·         The Disaster Distribution Center is now open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.and is available to anyone impacted by the Larimer County 2013 Flood.  The Distribution Center is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #D (for Donations), Loveland, CO 80537.

·         For all the information on both the Disaster Assistance Center and Distribution Center please see the website http://www.larimer.org/flooding2013/

 
EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS
 
·         Red Cross Shelters have been set up in the following areas:
                        Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland - 800 S. Taft Avenue    
                        Estes Park Conference Center in Estes Park - 101 S. Saint Vrain
·         Additionally there is a Shelter in Fort Collins at:
            Timberline Church - 2908 S. Timberline Road
·         The Ranch in Loveland is accepting large animals from evacuees.
 
TRAVEL INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES/OPENINGS  
 
For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website:
http://larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm
 
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
 
·         To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.
·         The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is www.safeandwell.org.  The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.
 
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
 
·         The public information line is 970-498-5500 and will be staffed by live volunteers from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.  This number can also be used to report missing or unaccounted person(s) in Larimer County.  For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  
·         The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
            www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and @LarimerSheriff
·         Website updates at:
            www.larimersheriff.org
            www.larimer.org/emergency
            www.larimer.org/flooding2013/
 
MEDIA BRIEFINGS
 
·         Media Briefings will be held daily at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
 
            - The 10:00 a.m. briefings will be at Larimer County Sheriff's Office, located at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Fort Collins.
 
            - The 3:00 p.m. briefings will be held at Christman Airfield. Christman Airfield is located off Laporte Avenue, west of North Overland Trail and is behind the National Guard Armory. 
 
*A reminder that media will not be allowed into Christman Airfield until just prior to the 3:00 p.m. media briefing*
 

 

1:47 PM - Sep 18

 Favorable weather allowed for targeted rescue operations yesterday out the areas of Storm Mountain, Glen Haven at The Retreat, Fish Creek, Idlewild, Waltonia and Pinewood Springs.  81 people were rescued by air and another 33 rescued by ground crews, for a total number of 114 rescued on September 17th.  Rescue operations remain a top priority; however, we are now gradually transitioning into an assessment/recovery mode for long term planning.  Weather today is expected to be good with a slight chance for afternoon storms.

LATEST INFORMATION

1.     There are 10 helicopters flying missions today to help with rescue operations.

2.      8 FEMA search and rescue teams spent the night last night in evacuation areas to reduce the need for helicopter resources and to get an early start on rescue missions today

3.      Sheriff Justin Smith is personally flying into areas of Storm Mountain and Pinewood Springs to meet with residents and answer questions.

4.      Total number of rescued as of Wednesday morning, September 18th is 1,155 people.

5.      The total number of unaccounted people stands at 197.

6.      A reminder to citizens: Do not drive through water or Pass road blocks - You are putting your life and those of emergency responders at risk if you do. Drivers are reminded IT IS ILLEGAL to circumvent roadblocks either by bypassing them, moving them or using alternate routes to get into the area.  Roads are not safe even if they appear to be.  It is dangerous to be on closed roads and bridges.  Violators will be ticketed.

*The bridges at Shields and Ackerman and Overland Trail and Lyons Park in Fort Collins area are extremely damaged underneath and citizens have been seen moving the road b arricade to cross these bridges. We will be monitoring these areas and ticketing anyone caught moving or circumventing the barricades in place.

7.      The Larimer County Landfill is now accepting flood debris and waste from the recent flooding events.   For details on costs please refer to the website http://www.larimer.org/news/

8.      Number of people still needing rescue is at approximately 450, but this does not take into account the number of people who rescue crews attempted to evacuate and refused rescue.

9.      Rocky Mountain National Park is reporting that as of today, September 18th, Rocky Mountain National Park will begin to reopen incrementally.  All roads, trails and facilities will open as they are able.

10. The Larimer County Humane Society is compiling a list of residents who have needs for animal rescue in evacuated areas.  Anyone with questions can call 970-226-3647, option #7

DISASTER ASSISTANCE CENTER AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER

·         The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) is now open and located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #B (for Benefits), Loveland CO 80537The Disaster Assistance Center is a one-stop location for flood survivors to come and have all their questions answered.  Representatives from government agencies, insurance providers, health and human services, volunteer organizations, utility companies and more will be available for one-on-one information. 

·         A limited number of free tetanus shots are available at the DAC on Thursday, September 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

·         The DAC is planned on operating for at least 6-8 weeks and is co-sponsored by the City of Loveland and Larimer County.

·         The Disaster Distribution Center is now openand is available to anyone impacted by the Larimer County 2013 Flood.  Supplies are free and include personal items, household items and non-perishable food.  The Distribution Center is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #D (for Donations), Loveland, CO 80537.The Distribution Center is accepting donations daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

·         For all the information on both the Disaster Assistance Center and Distribution Center please see the website http://www.larimer.org/flooding2013/

 
EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS

·         Red Cross Shelters have been set up in the following areas:

                        Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland - 800 S. Taft Avenue    

                        Estes Park Conference Center (used for overflow) in Estes Park - 101 S. Saint Vrain

·         Additionally there is a Shelter in Fort Collins at:

            Timberline Church - 2908 S. Timberline Road

·         The Ranch in Loveland is accepting large animals from evacuees.

·         Shuttle buses are being facilitated from the evacuation centers to take evacuees to the Disaster Assistance Center and the Disaster Distribution Center.

TRAVEL INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES/OPENINGS  
 
The National Guard is assisting with traffic control and roadblocks.
 
·         Bridge inspection is underway I-25 between Hwy 7 - Wyoming.  Crews will attempt to keep all lanes open but occasional lane closures are possible in either direction.
·         Per CDOT all lanes are now open on Highway 7 (Peak to Peak Highway) between Highway 72 and Estes Park without restrictions.  This should be considered the primary route to/from Estes Park and commercial traffic will no longer be allowed over Trail Ridge Road. 
For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website: http://larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm
 
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
 
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
 
·         To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.
·         The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is www.safeandwell.org.  The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.
 
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
 
·         The public information line is 970-498-5500.  This number can also be used to report missing or unaccounted person(s) in Larimer County.  For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  
·         Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to contact the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information.  Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.
·         The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
            www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and @LarimerSheriff
·         Website updates at:
            www.larimersheriff.org
            www.larimer.org/emergency
            www.larimer.org/flooding2013/
 
MEDIA BRIEFINGS
 
·         Media Briefings will be held daily at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
 
            - The 10:00 a.m. briefings will be at Larimer County Sheriff's Office, located at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Fort Collins.
 
            - The 3:00 p.m. briefings will be held at Christman Airfield. Christman Airfield is located off Laporte Avenue, west of North Overland Trail and is behind the National Guard   Armory. 
 

*A reminder that media will not be allowed into Christman Airfield until just prior to the 3:00 p.m. media briefings*

1:56 PM - Sep 17

 Despite a delay in getting the helicopters up in the air Monday because of the weather, crews were able to evacuate 420 people yesterday, which include 250 people from the Pinewood Springs area.  Weather today is expected to be very good and is allowing for a full day of rescue operations.  Weather outlook for the rest of the week looks favorable with only slight chances for afternoon storms in the middle of the week.

LATEST INFORMATION
·         Air rescues continue today and there are approximately 600 stranded people left to evacuate in isolated areas.
·         FEMA's two, 80-person search and rescue teams along with Larimer County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dropped into numerous locations to begin assessing the damage and searching for stranded residents.
·         420 people were rescued yesterday, September 16th.  250 of those rescued were from the Pinewood Springs area. 
·         Total number of rescued as of Tuesday morning, September 17th is 1,041 people.
 
DISASTER ASSISTANCE CENTER AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER
EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS
 
·         Search and Rescue teams are being dropped into numerous areas to assess the situation and contact stranded residents. 
·         Red Cross Shelters have been set up in the following areas:
                        Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland - 800 S. Taft Avenue    
                        Estes Park Conference Center in Estes Park - 101 S. Saint Vrain
·         Additionally there is a Shelter in Fort Collins at:
                        Timberline Church - 2908 S. Timberline Road
·         The Ranch in Loveland is accepting large animals from evacuees.
·         Shuttle buses are being facilitated from the evacuation centers to take evacuees to the Disaster Assistance Center and the Disaster Distribution Center.
  
TRAVEL INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES/OPENINGS  

The National Guard is assisting with traffic control and roadblocks.

For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website:
http://larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm
 
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
 
BUILDING/ROAD SAFETY
 
·         It is critical for your safety that you not attempt to reenter evacuated areas or closed roadways/bridges without updated information.
·         DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OR PASS ROAD BLOCKS - You are putting your life and those of emergency responders at risk if you do. Drivers are reminded not to circumvent roadblocks either by bypassing them or using alternate routes to get into the area.  Roads are not safe even if they appear to be.  It is dangerous to be on closed roads.  Violators will be ticketed.
 
 
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
 
·         To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.
·         The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is www.safeandwell.org.  The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.
 
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
 
·         The public information line is 970-498-5500.  This number can also be used to report missing or unaccounted person(s) in Larimer County.  For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  
·         Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information.  Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.
·         The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
            www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and @LarimerSheriff
·         Website updates at:
            www.larimersheriff.org
            www.larimer.org/emergency
            www.larimer.org/flooding2013/
 
MEDIA BRIEFINGS:
 

1:11 PM - Sep 16

Despite the weather on Sunday limiting air evacuations, ground crews were able to rescue and evacuate 100 people in the Cedar Cove area. FEMA brought in two, 80-person search and rescue teams yesterday to assist with operations.  The weather is more promising today and tomorrow for air evacuation operations.

LATEST INFORMATION
EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS
 
·         Residents with medical emergencies remain the priority for evacuations at this time. Search and Rescue teams are being dropped into numerous areas to assess the situation and contact stranded residents. 
·         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.
·         Shuttle buses are being facilitated from the evacuation centers to take evacuees to the Disaster Assistance Center and the Disaster Distribution Center.
 
TRAVEL INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES/OPENINGS  
The National Guard is assisting with traffic control and roadblocks. In addition to the numerous county road closures, the following Main Roads remain closed in Larimer County:
·         U.S. 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park
·         SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden
·         U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street
For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website:
http://larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm
 
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
 
BUILDING/ROAD SAFETY
 
·         It is critical for your safety that you not attempt to reenter evacuated areas or closed roadways/bridges without updated information.
·         DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OR PASS ROAD BLOCKS - You are putting your life and those of emergency responders at risk if you do.
 
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
 
·         To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.
·         The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is www.safeandwell.org.  The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.
 
ROAD CONDITIONS
 
·         The Poudre Canyon has minimal damage, but remains closed to the public. Rist Canyon has some damage, but residents are not stranded and are able to get out.  This area is also still closed to the public. Buckhorn Canyon has extensive road damage and in some areas the road was washed away completely.  The Crystal Mountain Community is above where the water went through, but residents in this area are stranded. Big Thompson Canyon has extensive road damage and the communities of Drake, Glen Haven and Cedar Park remain isolated with no road access at this time.
 
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
 
·         The public information line is 970-498-5500.  This number can also be used to report missing or unaccounted person(s) in Larimer County.  For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  
·         Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information.  Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.
·         The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
            www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and @LarimerSheriff
·         Website updates at:
            www.larimersheriff.org
            www.larimer.org/emergency
            www.larimer.org/flooding2013/
 
EVACUEE AND MEDIA BRIEFINGS
 
·         Media Briefings will continue to be held daily at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office until further notice
 
BASIC SAFETY TIPS

2:11 PM - Sep 15

With additional rain falling today the primary focus continues to be life safety and assessing conditions related to public safety resources. FEMA is bringing in two, 80-person search and rescue teams today to assist with operations. A Type II team arrived yesterday with 50 additional people to help with planning, coordination and resource allocation for all areas of Larimer County.  
 
LATEST INFORMATION

 

·         Additional rainfall expected today is around 2-4" and is expected to cause additional flooding
·         There are now 16 helicopters to help with evacuations and bringing in emergency personnel to areas needed; however, because of weather conditions those helicopters are not flying right now.  Teams are still able to complete emergency work on the ground even if the helicopters are not flying
·         Regular phone and cellular phone service has been re-established to residents in Estes Park.
·         There are now 482 unaccounted for persons
·         There will be 2 meetings this evening for evacuees.  One in Fort Collins, one in Loveland; details are below.
·         We have a report of an 80-year-old woman in Cedar Cove area that is missing and presumed dead. This woman was injured in her home and unable to leave and when friends returned with help the home had been washed away.  This is in addition to the 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman who was reported missing and presumed dead from yesterday.
·         At this time we still have no confirmed fatalities.
 
EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS
 
·         Residents with medical emergencies remain the priority for evacuations at this time. Search and Rescue teams are being dropped into numerous areas to assess the situation and contact stranded residents. 
·         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.

TRAVEL INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES/OPENINGS 

The National Guard is assisting with traffic control and roadblocks. In addition to the numerous county road closures, the following Main Roads remain closed in Larimer County:

·         U.S. 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park

·         SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden

·         U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street

**I-25 is now OPEN in both directions from Denver to Wyoming State Line**

** U.S. 287 is now open in Fort Collins from MM 347 to MM348** 

 

For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website:
http://larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm
 
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
 
BUILDING/ROAD SAFETY
 
·         Even if you do not see water damage and structural problems, it can still be there.  It is critical for your safety that you not attempt to reenter evacuated areas or closed roadways/bridges without updated information.
·         DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OR PASS ROAD BLOCKS - You are putting your life and those of emergency responders at risk if you do.
 
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
 
·         To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.
·         The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is www.safeandwell.org The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters. 

 

ROAD CONDITIONS
 
·         As of 10:00 PM on 9-13-13 a route has been established for emergency personnel and residents of Estes Park. This route is not for public travel and is only for ESSENTIAL emergency personnel and residents of Estes Park who are trying to evacuate or obtain supplies.
·         The Poudre Canyon has minimal damage, but remains closed to the public. Rist Canyon has some damage, but residents are not stranded and are able to get out.  This area is also still closed to the public. Buckhorn Canyon has extensive road damage and in some areas the road was washed away completely.  The Crystal Mountain Community is above where the water went through, but residents in this area are stranded. Big Thompson Canyon has extensive road damage and the communities of Drake, Glen Haven and Cedar Park remain isolated with no road access at this time.
 
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
 
·         The public information line is 970-498-5500.  This number can also be used to report missing or unaccounted person(s) in Larimer County.  For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  
·         Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information.  Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.
·         The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
            www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and @LarimerSheriff
·         Website updates at:
            www.larimersheriff.org
            www.larimer.org/emergency
            www.larimer.org/flooding2013/

 

 
EVACUEE AND MEDIA BRIEFINGS

 

·         There will be an evacuee meeting in Loveland at 5:00 p.m. this evening at the Thompson Valley School Administration building. This meeting is not open to the public. Speakers will include: Loveland Police Chief Luke Hecker, Fire Chief Randy Mirowski, Public Works Director Keith Reester and Chief Building Inspector Tom Hawkinson Sheriff Justin Smith, Executive Officer Nick Christensen and Representatives of the Type II Incident Command Team and Red Cross.
·         There will be an evacuee meeting in Fort Collins tonight, September 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the Timberline Church.  This meeting is not open to the public.  Speakers will include: Commissioner Steve Johnson, Sheriff Justin Smith, Executive Officer Nick Christensen and Representatives of the Type II Incident Command Team and Red Cross.
·         Media is discouraged from attending these meetings as there will be separate media briefings; however, if media does attend we ask they hold questions as these meetings are just for evacuees. 

 

*Media Briefings will continue to be held daily at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office until further notice.* 

 

BASIC SAFETY TIPS 

 

·         Stay out of flood water - it can be contaminated. 
·         If you feel unsafe at your home, trust your instincts and go to a shelter.  You do not need to wait for a notification to evacuate if you feel threatened.
·         Flooding is causing blocked roadways in low-lying areas.  Hazardous road conditions exist throughout Larimer County, please limit travel and watch for road blocks at low-lying areas due to high water. Do not venture out unless absolutely necessary. 
·         All residents in low-lying areas are asked to be on alert for rising water.  Be prepared to evacuate if needed.  
·         Residents in are asked to limit driving, especially in mountain communities as gasoline may become scarce due to washed out roads.
 

1:37 PM - Sep 14

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 today 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.
 
TRAVEL INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES
 
The National Guard is assisting with traffic control and roadblocks. In addition to the numerous county road closures, the following Main Roads remain closed in Larimer County:
·         U.S. 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park
·         SH 392 from I-25 (Larimer County Road 5) east to 17th Street in Windsor
·         SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden
·         US 287 southbound at Wyoming for commercial vehicles
·         U.S. 287 in Fort Collins from MP 347 to MP 348
·         U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street
·         SH 14 between Ted's Place and Walden
·         SH 7 between Lyons and Estes Park
 
**I-25 is now OPEN in both directions from Denver to Wyoming State Line**
 
For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website:
http://larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm

 

 
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
 
BUILDING/ROAD SAFETY
 
·         Even if you do not see water damage and structural problems, it can still be there.  It is critical for your safety that you not attempt to reenter evacuated areas or closed roadways/bridges without further information. This will be provided as it becomes available. 
 
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
 
·         An investigations team has been established to start tracking confirmed reports of missing people.  We are working on numerous reports of unaccounted people.  To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500
 
·         We have received a report of a 60-year-old woman from the Cedar Grove area that is missing and presumed dead as the house was destroyed by flood waters.  At this time, this is the only confirmed report of a missing person.
 
·         The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is  www.safeandwell.org Due to extreme volume of requests, responding agencies and the local Red Cross volunteers cannot manage this and ask that citizens use this website to contact one another.  Register today!  The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.
 
ROAD CONDITIONS
 
·         The Poudre Canyon has minimal damage, but is still closed to the public
·         Rist Canyon has some damage, but residents are not stranded and are able to get out.  This area is also still closed to the public.
·         Buckhorn Canyon we have been told has extensive road damage and in some areas the road was washed away completely.  The Crystal Mountain Community is above where the water went through, but residents in this area are stranded.
·         Big Thompson Canyon has extensive road damage and the communities of Drake, Glen Haven and Cedar Park are isolated with no road access at this time.
 
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
 
·         The public information line is 970-498-5500.  This number can also be used to report missing or unaccounted person(s) in Larimer County.  For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  
·         Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information.  Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.
·         Updates can be found on Facebook sites:
            www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  
·         Twitter updates at:
            @LarimerSheriff
·         Website updates at:
            www.larimersheriff.org
            www.larimer.org/emergency
 
BASIC SAFETY TIPS

 

·         Please check on your neighbors as we are unable to do welfare checks with limited staff and resources focused on evacuations and getting food and water to stranded residents.
 
·         Stay out of flood water - it can be contaminated.
 
·         DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OR PASS ROAD BLOCKS - You are putting your life and those of emergency responders at risk if you do.
  

 

·         If you feel unsafe at your home, trust your instincts and go to a shelter.  You do not need to wait for a notification to evacuate if you feel threatened.
 
·         Flooding is causing blocked roadways in low-lying areas.  Hazardous road conditions exist throughout Larimer County, please limit travel and watch for road blocks at low-lying areas due to high water. Do not venture out unless absolutely necessary. 
 
·         All residents in low-lying areas are asked to be on alert for rising water.  Be prepared to evacuate if needed.  
 
·         Residents in are asked to limit driving, especially in mountain communities as gasoline may become scarce due to washed out roads.

 

6:46 AM - Sep 13

 All Larimer County ofices and courts are closed today, Friday, September 13 due to widespead flooding & road closures.

5:37 AM - Sep 13

We continued to receive heavy rain throughout Larimer County over night.  The heavy rain has caused additional flooding issues and closures.

The cities of Fort Collins and Loveland have been heavily involved in the flooding issues.  Many bridges are closed in both communities.  Please go to their websites for up to date information.

At 5:30 AM bridges on Overland Trail, Tafthill and Shields in Fort Collins over the Poudre River are closed due to high water . 

The bridge at County Road 29 at the Loveland Water treatment plant is closed due to road damage.  This has also closed County Road 22H from Highway 34 to County Road 29.

Highway 34 is closed at Devils Backbone.

County Road 18E at County Road 29 is closed due to high water.

Glade Road is closed from County Road 24 south to US Highway 34.

 At 1:15 AM on Sept. 13, 2013, the Bridge at 1500 South County Road 17 has been damaged due to flooding waters and is out.

As of 1:15 AM on September 13, 2013, the bridge on County Road 21 south of County Road 4 is damaged due to flooding and cannot be used.

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. Emergency notifications were made of residences from Estes Park to the Weld County line by the City of Loveland and the Larimer County Sheriff. We advised residence to monitor the river flow and evacuate as needed

 

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.  We have notified residences along the Poudre River to take steps to monitor or evacuate from low lying areas. 

As of 10:38 PM Thursday September 12, 2013:

County Road 52E at Bellvue is closed due to flooding in the Bellvue area and flooding east of the Davis ranch Road. There are also road issues at 9469 52E.

County 27 is closed at the Firethorn (near Masonville Post Office) south due to water over the bridge at the Post Office.

 

 

8:00 PM - Sep 12

Residents along the Poudre River corridor from Stove Prairie to the Larimer /Weld County line are advised to monitor water conditions as the river is expected to reach moderate flood stage during early morning hours on Friday. We recommend you take measures to evacuate or be prepared to move to high ground. At this time traffic can move east from Poudre Park. There is a shelter at Timberline Church in Fort Collins. Please don't call 911 unless you have another emergency. Thank you.  (Contacts 1490)

4:34 PM - Sep 12

 Additional Emergency Notifications have been sent to the following areas:

 

 

12:30 PM - Sep 12

The following emergency notifications were sent out for evacuations in the Big Thompson Canyon and a pre-alert for Poudre Canyon

This is the Larimer County Sheriff's Office with an emergency message. We are evacuating the Big Thompson Canyon because of existing rain and the forecast of more today. A breech of highway 34 at milemarker 74 has occurred. Any residents west of milemarker 74 please evacuate to Estes Park to the shelter located at Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church on highway 7 at Peakview. Residents east of milemarker 74 please evacuate to the shelter in Loveland 800 S. Taft Ave at the Thompson Valley Admin Office. If you are cut off because of a compromised bridge you need to stay at your residence but have a plan to get to higher ground at a moments notice. Do not call 911 unless you have another emergency. Thank you.

This is the Larimer County Sheriff's Office with an emergency message. We have breached Highway 34 at milemarker 74 and also milemarker 82 in the narrows at the bottom of Big Thompson Canyon. Anyone living between the narrows and milemarker 74 above Drake needs to shelter in place at your residence or if you need shelter go to the community building/fire house in Drake.  As a reminder the Loveland Shelter is located at 800 S Taft Ave. and the Estes Park Shelter is located at Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church at Highway 7 and Peakview. Thank you.

This is the Larimer County Sheriff's Office with a pre-alert message for potential danger because of current flooding. Anyone who cannot get out because of flooding and debris you are receiving this message because you cannot leave Poudre Canyon by vehicle.  Please seek shelter in place at your residence or in the event of an emergency seek higher ground. Do not call 911 unless you have another emergency. Thank you

10:24 AM - Sep 12

The following locations have been set up as emergency evacuation centers: 

In Loveland: Thompson Valley Schools Admin Bldg at 800 S. Taft Avenue 

In Lyons: Lyons Elementary - North of High Street on 4th
 
 -Also Pinewood Springs Fire Dept @ 61 Kiowa Road in Lyons
 
In Estes Park: Mountain View Bible Fellowship @ Highway 7 and Peak View Drive

9:21 AM - Sep 12

It has been confirmed that the eastbound lane of Highway 34 in Big Thompson Canyon at mile marker 74.5 has collapsed.  The westbound lane has a large crack through it and has become unstable and at this time the road is completely impassable.  Highway 34 remains closed from the Dam Store up to Estes Park.

7:48 AM - Sep 12

 Emergency notifications were sent to 598 contacts in the Big Thompson Area off Highway 34 because water levels are expected to rise as water is released from the Olympus Dam. At this time, we do not expect any additional problems because of the added water flow in the Big Thompson area but residents in the Big Thompson Canyon are asked to be prepared to evacuate or seek higher ground should conditions change.

4:33 AM - Sep 12

The following emergency notifications have been sent in the areas of Big Elk Meadows, Pinewood Springs and Blue Mountain:

 

To 165 devices in the Big Elk Meadows area:

#1: This is the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  Larimer County Road 47 has become impassable due to flooding and debris in the roadway.  Residents are urged to shelter in their homes and not to try to use the road.  A notification will be sent when the road is usable again.  Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.  Thank you.

#2: This is the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  The dams containing the lakes in Big Elk Meadows off of County Road 47 are in danger of giving way due to flooding.  Residents need to seek high ground immediately.  County Road 47 is impassable - do not try to leave the area by using this road. 

To 147 devices in the Pinewood Springs area:

#1: This is the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. This message is for Pinewood Springs residents living along the Little Thompson River.  The river is rising and residents need to be aware of the danger of flooding and be ready to climb to higher ground if necessary.  If you wish to evacuate the area, you may go to the Pinewood Springs Fire Station.  Please be extremely cautious driving, as the roadways may be treacherous due to all the rain.  Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency. Thank you.

#2: This is the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  An earthen dam in the Big Elk Meadows area has given way.  Residents in Pinewood Springs living along the river should be aware that the water level may rise quickly and should be prepared to mover to higher ground if necessary.  Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.  Thank you

To 88 devices in the Blue Mountain area:

This is the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  An earthen dam in the Big Elk Meadows area has given way.  Residents downstream in the Blue Mountain area living close to the river should be aware that the water level may rise quickly and should be prepared to move to higher ground if necessary.  Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.  Thank you.

The evacuation site at Pinewood Springs Fire Station is located at 61 Kiowa Road in Lyons, CO.

 

 

3:56 AM - Sep 12

 Larimer County is experiencing widespread flooding throughout the county with numerous road closures.

Road Closures in Larimer County as of 7:30 a.m.

  • Hwy 14 Poudre Canyon from Ted's Place to Stove Prairie Road
  • Hwy 34 from the Dam Store to Estes Park
  • Hwy 36 from Lyons to Estes Park
  • CR 47 from Hwy 36
  • Stove Prairie Road (CR27) from Hwy 14 to Rist Canyon Rd
  • CR43 from Glen Haven to Hwy 34 (Drake)
  • CR 23 from CR 50E to CR 52E
  • CR54E from CR 25E
  • CR52E at Watson Lake
 
Emergency Services and deputies are monitoring the situation and further updates will be forthcoming.  Rain continues to fall across Larimer County,we will post additional information. You can also get the latest information on the Larimer Sheriff Facebook page or the Larimer Sheriff Twitter Account.