Thursday brought flooding that while not unprecedented, was highly widespread across the Front Range. What started with some playful behavior in Boulder, quickly escalated to evacuations, property loss and by the end of Thursday three lives lost.
From the Greeley Tribune: “The rivers are rising, so those are things we need to be cautious of,” said Roy Rudisill, director of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management, while monitoring flooding threats in the south portion of the county this morning. “If the weather keeps going like this, we may need to start opening shelters, or options for residents.”
Flooding threats in Weld County seem to be centered in the south portion of the county for now, but emergency responders are closely monitoring all river areas, with a keen memory of the weeklong flooding that created havoc three years ago. For now, most of Weld is flood free, but that could change quickly.
Flash flooding, mudslides and rock slides are continuing in northeastern Colorado today, brought on by heavy rains. At three deaths have been reported, at least one dam has failed and the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been closed. The rain is not expected to stop for the next few days.
A city worker talks on his phone while surveying high water levels on Boulder Creek following overnight flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colo. today. Flash flooding in Colorado has left two people dead and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities.