Flood Conditions and Safety Updates:
FORT COLLINS, CO – The most recent information regarding the flooding status of the city follows:
• City crews are committed to monitor and respond to conditions. To report flooding, call 970-221-6700.
• Field crews continue to assess public infrastructure conditions and report back to the City. The City of Fort Collins urges citizens to refrain from asking field crews any questions as they do not have the most current updates and are focusing on safety as they perform their evaluation.
• The National Weather Service conditions are being monitored. Current forecasts predict scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and may produce up to an inch of rain in less than 45 minutes in some locations, with the greatest threat in and near the foothills. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning through Sunday at 6 p.m.
• City Stormwater staff continues to monitor the Poudre River and ditches on flow rates to manage anticipated National Weather Service flash flood warnings
• Monitoring of overflows continues at Halligan Reservoir and Seaman Reservoir, since the water feeds into the Poudre River and is expected to increase flooding conditions.
• The following intersections and bridges remain closed. The City of Fort Collins Police urge citizens to not remove any barricades at the following locations:
o Overland Trail
o Shields Street
o Lincoln Street
o Linden Street
• Colorado highway closures update is obtained from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Website, http://www.coloradodot.info/news/2013-news-releases/09-2013/roadclosures1pm.html
• One Red Cross shelter remains open at Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Rd. (just south of Drake Road on Timberline Road), 970-207-6130. Tavelli Elementary School at 1118 Miramont Dr. is on standby, which means the shelter is not accepting new evacuees. Red Cross information is available at www.redcross.org/safeandwell
• Contact your trash hauling company to arrange for special pick-up of wastes that may have been generated from flooding.
• Residents returning to their homes should go to the following resources for key information on how to manage conditions at home:
• City of Fort Collins Utilities water and wastewater treatment facilities report no issues - the water is safe to drink.
• Ditches and streams in the city are being closely monitored for spills and flooding. Please keep children and pets away from potentially dangerous fast moving water.
• Flood waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Do not wade into moving flood waters. Children and pets should be kept out of flooded areas until cleanup is complete. Adults in the area should always wear protective clothing during cleanup and carefully wash and disinfect all items. Resources are: http://www.weather.com/health/boulder-colorado-flooding-health-risks-after-storm-20130913
• The City of Fort Collins has developed a fact sheet on how to protect indoor air quality after a flood including how to document the information and steps to clean up. Go to: http://www.fcgov.com/streets/pdf/2013_Flood_Indoor_air_quality_fact_sheet.pdf
• Federal regulations prohibit waste in landfills from containing excessive water, but materials and waste that aren’t dripping wet are allowed. With current muddy conditions, only four-wheeled drive vehicles are allowed at the landfill until further notice. For information on the Larimer County Landfill, go to http://www.larimer.org/solidwaste/ftc.htm
or call (970) 498-5770.
• Residents who need help finding disaster assistance resources should call 211, United Way. Citizens who wish to volunteer or provide assistance should also contact 211.
Fort Collins Utilities will continue to update flooding information at www.fcgov.com/oem