Posted on: May-24-2014
FORT COLLINS, CO – The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended a Flash Flood Watch until 12:00 Midnight MDT today for portions of Larimer County, including the City of Fort Collins. Another round of scattered, slow moving, thunderstorms is expected this evening. Although most rain amounts will be less than 1 inch, a few storms could produce between 2 and 3 inches of rain in less than 30 minutes that could lead to flash and localized flooding. Isolated storms could become severe with hail up to 1 inch in diameter. Flash flooding will be problematic in areas where the soil has already been saturated from the previous days’ rainfall.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. FLASH FLOODING IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. Fort Collins Utilities advises drivers to avoid driving through flood waters.
Monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should a Flash Flood Warning be issued. For real-time information on rainfall, stormwater runoff and weather conditions, visit http://www.fcgov.com/utilities/what-we-do/stormwater/flooding/warning-system
Rainfall and snow melt run-off may cause the Cache La Poudre River water levels to rise. The conditions exist that the river may overflow onto low lying areas. People are urged to use caution and avoid flooded areas and walking along the river banks, as the river banks could become unstable.
Be prepared and flood ready - visit http://www.fcgov.com/utilities/what-we-do/stormwater/flooding/safety
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