Throughout Boulder County we have over 4,000 residents without electricity. Because of that Public Health would like to pass along some food safety tips.
Throw out all food and other supplies that you suspect may have become contaminated or come in to contact with floodwater, including:
- Food from refrigerators and freezers, including condiments.
- Dry food in damaged packages.
Discard any perishable food that has been held at temperatures above 41°F for more than 4 hours.
Place food waste and other waste that rots or decays into plastic bags and place them in a designated area for separate collection. When in doubt, throw it out.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
- The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.
- A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
- Buy dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot fully-stocked freezer cold for two days.
- If you plan to eat refrigerated or frozen meat, poultry, fish or eggs while it is still at safe temperatures, it’s important that each item is thoroughly cooked to the proper temperature to assure that any foodborne bacteria that may be present is destroyed. However, if at any point the food was above 40 °F for 2 hours or more — discard it.
- Wash fruits and vegetables with water from a safe source before eating.
- For infants, try to use prepared, canned baby formula that requires no added water. When using concentrated or powdered formulas, prepare with bottled water if the local water source is potentially contaminated.
Foodborne illness often presents itself as flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. If you experience these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.
All Boulder County residents are asked to take precautions when driving on area roads. Driving conditions are dangerous and roads are impassable in many areas.
The list and map of Boulder County road closures are not all-inclusive and the accuracy of the information cannot be guaranteed. Due to rapidly changing weather conditions and unpredictable floodwaters, all road closures are subject to change at any time.
You can also check the interactive map at: http://maps.bouldercounty.org/iemcop/
• Hwy 7 at Mile Marker 24
• Co Rd. 7 from Middle Fork to Plateau
• 7th St and Pleasant
• 36 Hwy at Neva – Neva to Lyons
• 36 Hwy from Lyons into Larimer County
• 39th from Ogallala to Plateau
• 39th from Neva to Nebo
• 41st and Oxford
• 47th Street between Independence and Woodbourne Hollow
• 47th Street between Independence and St. Johns Street
• 55th Street at Cypress Drive
• 57th at Indigo to Jay
• 63rd from Bluebird to Modina
• 63rd from Jay to Valmont
• 63rd/61st from Jay Rd. to Valmont
• Hwy 66 at N. 75th to Lyons
• 71st NB & SB from Lookout to Winchester Circle
• Hwy 72 from Skyline to Blue Mountain
• 75th North of Nelson at Coyote Trail
• N. 75th from St. Vrain/Arapahoe to Hygiene/Baseline
• 83rd at Yellowstone
• 83rd N. Countyline Rd to Yellowstone Rd
• N. 95 from Valmont to Lookout
• N. 109th from Lookout to Jasper
• 115th from Kenosha to Jasper
• 119 Westbound at Arapahoe
• S. 120th from Commerce to West S. Boulder
• S. 120th at Dillon
• SH-157 from Hwy 36 to Pearl
• Hwy 287 from Ken Pratt to Boston Ave.
• 444 James and Canyon
• Airport from St. Vrain to 9th Ave.
• Arapahoe from 19th to 20th
• Baseline Eastbound at 55th
• Baseline Westbound – from 500 block west
• Baseline – Emergency Vehicles Only Grant Road to the canyon
• Boulder Canyon Drive from Canyon Blvd. to Nederland
• Bow Mountain from Wagon Wheel to Pinebrook
• Coal Creek at Canyon Drive and Hwy 93
• College NB from 7th
• E. Countyline Road from Niwot to Hwy 52
• Crane Hollow from Hygiene to St. Vrain Rd
• Cypress Drive at 55th (bridge is out)
• Empire Drive at SH42
• Even G Fine Foot Bridge Westbound – Closed at bridge
• Foothills from Eldorado Springs Drive to Greenbriar
• Foothills and Crestview – Bridge Damaged/Out
• Foothills from Lefthand Canyon to Neva
• Fourmile Canyon from Boulder Canyon north to Poorman
• Geer Canyon Road from Lefthand Canyon to Heil Ranch
• Golf Club and Pebble Beach
• Glacier View N. 71st to end of road
• Horizon Ave. from Majestic to Panarama
• Hygiene from 75th to Crane Hollow
• Hygiene from 75th to Foothills Hwy
• Lee Hill – Westbound at Broadway to the end
• Lefthand Canyon at Geer Canyon Dr
• Lefthand Canyon from Foothills Hwy to Peak to Peak
• Lefthand Canyon Rd at Lee Hill
• Linden Westbound at Wonderland
• Logan Mill at Fourmile to the end
• Lookout Rd. from 109th to 115th
• S. Main and County Line Rd Erie
• Millionaire Drive at Sugarloaf
• Neva at Hwy 36
• Sawmill from Lefthand to Gold Hill
• Spring Valley – North of bike path
• Spring Valley at Linden
• Sunset St. from Boston to Donavan
• Table Mesa at East Bound Lehigh to Ithaca
• Ute Hwy from 75th to McCall
• Violet – Broadway to 19th
• Wagon Wheel Gap at Lee Hill to the end of the road
Barker Reservoir in Nederland is expected to fill-and-spill soon. The system is designed to handle this event, and it happens every spring during snowmelt runoff. Boulder Creek flows will increase by 100 to 150 cfs over the next 6 to 8 hours. Boulder Creek is currently at 800 to 1000 cfs, so additional water from Barker Reservoir should have minimal impact. #boulderflood
The Boulder Public Works crews are currently working on removing blockages from the sewar system around Boulder. Just because crews aren’t in your neighborhood or in front of your home does not mean that they aren’t working in your area.
A large blockage was just removed from the Table Mesa Drive area that should help alleviate issues on the south side of town.
However, if residents see or smell solid waste:
- They should evacuate, if possible, as raw sewage represents a health and sanitation risk: and
- Report the backup to the Emergency Call Center at 303-413-7730 and ask that the issue be reported to City of Boulder Public Works crews.
These backups could still be the result of issues on private property, but the city would like to gather the information to determine if it indicates a system failure.
The city understands resident frustration about this issue, and is doing everything in its power to mitigate the problem.
Volunteers and Donations – Please wait until storm/flood threat has fully cleared. Please do not go to evacuation centers. Please visit www.HelpColoradoNow.org or dial 2-1-1 for additional information.We understand that many people want to help in times of great need. The biggest help we can get is for people to remain calm and stay home so our first responders can get into the community and help get things understood and under control. After the situation has calmed, volunteer organizations will begin to coordinate the cleanup effort and donation centers will be established. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Please monitor local media or the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management website (http://boulderoem.com/emergency-status) on flooding conditions and related information.
Several area lakes and reservoirs have reached or are nearing capacity and water may be seen pouring over the spillway as we receive more rainfall. This is a normal function for the reservoirs under these conditions. Specifically, you may see spillover from these area reservoirs:
- Union Reservoir in Longmont
- Button Rock Reservoir west of Lyons
- Barker Reservoir in Nederland
- Wonderland Lake in Boulder
The dams and spillways are functioning as designed. Seeing water in the spillway is normal during times of heavy rainfall or runoff. As always, stay away from moving water and do not try to enter any flooding areas.
All City of Boulder recreation and senior centers and city libraries have closed as of 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. Decisions about Monday’s city closures will be made later today and posted to all available channels.
There has been some confusion about the boil water advisory that was sent out for the Left Hand Water district. The advisory was for those served by the Left Hand Water district only, if you are served by Left Hand Water district you would pay your bill directly to them. City of Boulder, Gunbarrel, City of Longmont, Town of Lafayette, Eldorado Springs, and Town of Erie drinking water continues to be safe to drink. If your drinking water is purchased from the any of those districts, you do not have to boil it.
Some residents appear to have received the phone call from the Left Hand Water District to boil water. The phone call was sent to a geographic area, but there were some water customers included that are not served by the Left Hand Water district and some got the call inadvertently. Check your water bill to determine who your water provider is. If you are in an HOA or a multifamily or rental unit and your water bill is paid by the HOA or your landlord, ask them to confirm who provides your water. Visit lefthandwater.org and scroll down to the “District Service Clarification” section for more information.
The Town of Lyons still continue to be under a boil water advisory.
Update from the City of Longmont, they have been able to fix the issue with the ditch and are now recommending people shelter in place.
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Si sufrió recientemente por daños o pérdidas por las tormentas severas, inundaciones y deslizamientos de tierra y lodo, podría ser elegible para recibir ayuda por desastre
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