FORT COLLINS, CO—Runoff in the Poudre River has increased significantly due to warm temperatures. The river is at its highest flow level since 1999. Real-time river flow can be monitored at http://www.fcgov.com/flood-warning/streams.php
Fort Collins Utilities urges residents, businesses and land owners along the river to take precautions to protect people and property. Move equipment, supplies and any floatable materials to safer locations to prevent these items from floating downstream and blocking bridges and channels.
Additional tips are listed at http://www.fcgov.com/oem/flood-survival.php
Bike trails are closed in several locations, and the public is strongly advised to stay away from swiftly moving water along the river. Do not enter the river by foot, vehicle or float. Standing water may be deeper than expected.
Sandbags are not available from the City of Fort Collins. Check home supply and outdoor stores for sandbag materials.
Flows could increase even more if temperatures are higher than expected or if rainfall occurs.
The National Weather Service has predicted high flows to continue for the next several days with the highest flows throughout tonight and tomorrow morning. Typically, during snowmelt runoff, the Poudre River peaks daily in Fort Collins between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
For more information, call (970) 221-6700, e-mail , visit http://www.fcgov.com/stormwater
or TDD (970) 224-6003.