FORT COLLINS, CO - The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flood Advisory for the Cache la Poudre River at the canyon mouth until Monday afternoon. A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated. At 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, the river stage was at 6.6 feet - flood stage is 7.5 feet. The forecast calls for the river to rise near 7.2 feet by Monday afternoon. At 7.5 feet, there is considerable overbank flow and localized flooding downstream in and near Fort Collins.
Persons with interests along the river should exercise caution. Avoid flooded areas and stay clear of river banks that could become unstable due to high runoff. Additional rainfall could cause the river crest forecast to change. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. Find alternate routes. It only takes a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away.
The NWS also issued a Small Stream Advisory for east central Larimer County just west of Fort Collins until 1:45 p.m. Heavy rain from a thunderstorm may pass over the High Park Burn scar which is especially prone to flooding. This could result in additional flooding and debris as runoff continues downstream towards Fort Collins.
Monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should a Flash Flood Warning be issued. For real-time information on rainfall, stormwater run-off and weather conditions, visit
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for safety and flood preparedness tips.
For more information, contact Ken Sampley, Fort Collins Utilities Stormwater and Floodplain Program Manager at 970-658-0295 or