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CO | Three additional state residents identified with plague

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has identified three additional Colorado residents with plague, for a total of four cases.
The investigation of the original case identified three individuals, each of whom had direct contact with the previously reported dog that had died of plague. They all had mild symptoms, were treated with appropriate antibiotics, recovered, and no longer are contagious. The initial patient remains hospitalized.
The dog likely was exposed to a prairie dog or rabbit with plague-infected fleas in eastern Adams County.
Tri-County Health Department officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are continuing to work together to investigate these cases and prevent further illnesses. Although person-to-person transmission of plague is extremely rare, individuals who may have been exposed through close contact with the four cases have been identified, and have received antibiotic treatment or are being monitored for symptoms when indicated.  
Plague is spread by fleas from rodents, most commonly prairie dogs. Flea samples recently collected from eastern Adams County tested positive for plague bacteria. Tri-County Health Department staff members have gone door-to-door in the area with information about plague and to assess prairie dog populations. People and pets walking in open spaces and trails should avoid contact with prairie dogs, rabbits and other rodents.
 
Contact your physician if you develop a high fever and other plague symptoms following a fleabite or direct contact with dead rodents, or exposure to a sick cat or dog that may have had contact with plague-infected rodents. Symptoms of plague include a sudden onset of high fever, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, or a general feeling of being ill. Individuals with pneumonic plague (the lung form) develop fever, headache, weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain and coughing, which can lead to respiratory failure. Pneumonic plague is the most serious form of the disease and is the only form of plague that can be spread from person to person (by infectious droplets from coughing). Although human cases occur infrequently, plague can be severe and potentially life-threatening if not detected and quickly treated with common antibiotics.
Dr. Jennifer House, public health veterinarian at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, encourages people take the following precautions to prevent plague exposure: 
  • Do not directly handle any dead rodents, including prairie dogs, rabbits, squirrels, mice and rats.
  • Keep pets away from wildlife, especially dead rodents.
  • Don’t let dogs or cats hunt prairie dogs or other rodents.
  • Don’t allow pets to roam freely.
  • Treat pets for fleas according to a veterinarian’s advice. 
  • Do not feed prairie dogs or other rodents. This attracts them to your property, brings them in close contact with other rodents and increases the risk of disease transmission.
  • Be aware of rodent populations in your area, and report sudden die-offs or multiple dead animals to your local health department.
Plague often is identified when there is an unusual die-off of prairie dogs in an area. When an infected animal dies, the fleas leave the carcass to find another host, thus spreading the disease. Most human plague cases occur when humans are bitten by infected fleas. Less commonly, people are infected by direct contact with blood or tissues from an infected animal or from pets (primarily cats) that become infected and transmit the disease. Since 1957, Colorado has identified 60 cases of human plague, nine (15 percent) of which were fatal.
 
Additional information on plague can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/plague 
Contact CO-HELP (Colorado Health Education Line for the Public) at 303-389-1687, or outside the metro area call 1-877-462-2911 for more information or to report a dead prairie dog.

CO | Pneumonic plague found in a Colorado resident and pet dog

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment laboratory yesterday identified pneumonic plague in a Colorado resident.
Investigation revealed the family dog had recently died unexpectedly. The carcass was recovered and tested at the Colorado State University Veterinarian Diagnostic Laboratory, where tests were positive for plague. 
Tri-County Health Department officials and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are working together to investigate the source of exposure and to identify those who may have been exposed through close contact with the individual. Any individuals exposed will be recommended for antibiotic treatment.
The patient and the dog may have been exposed in eastern Adams County. Plague is spread from fleas on rodents, most commonly prairie dogs. People walking in open spaces and trails should avoid contact with rodents.
Dr. Jennifer House, public health veterinarian at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, encourages people take the following precautions to prevent plague exposure: 
  • Do not directly handle any dead rodents.
  • Keep pets away from wildlife, especially dead rodents.
  • Don’t let dogs or cats hunt prairie dogs or other rodents.
  • Don’t allow pets to roam freely.
  • Treat all pets for fleas according to a veterinarian’s advice. 
  • Do not feed prairie dogs or other rodents – this attracts them to your property, brings them in close contact with other rodents and increases the risk of disease transmission.
  • Be aware of rodent populations in your area and report sudden die-offs or multiple dead animals to your local health department.
Contact your physician if you develop a high fever and other plague symptoms following a fleabite or direct contact with dead rodents. Symptoms of plague include a sudden onset of high fever, muscle pain, malaise, nausea and vomiting, or a general feeling of being ill. Individuals with bubonic plague will develop a large, swollen, painful lymph node in the area of a flea bite, usually in the groin or armpit. If untreated, the disease can enter the bloodstream or lungs, which are severe, life-threatening complications. Individuals with pneumonic plagues (the lung form) develop fever, headache, weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain, cough which can lead to respiratory failure. Pneumonic plague is the most serious form of the disease and is the only form of plague that can be spread from person to person (by infectious droplets from coughing). Although human cases occur infrequently, plague is severe and potentially life-threatening if not detected and quickly treated with common antibiotics.
Plague often is identified when there is an unusual die-off of prairie dogs in an area. When an infected animal dies, the fleas leave the carcass to find another host, thus spreading the disease. Most human plague cases occur when humans are bitten by infected fleas. Less commonly, people are infected by direct contact with blood or tissues from an infected animal or from pets that become infected and transmit the disease. Since 1957, Colorado has identified 60 cases of human plague, nine (15 percent) of which were fatal. 
Additional information on plague can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/plague 
Contact CO-HELP (Colorado Health Education Line for the Public) at 1-877-462-2911 for more information or to report a dead prairie dog.

Colorado | Vaccinations urged as whooping cough epidemic continues

Responding to a recent surge in cases of whooping cough (pertussis), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today urged Coloradans to ensure they’re up to date on vaccinations. One hundred new cases of pertussis were reported in the second half of October.

In the first 10 months of 2013, 1,116 cases of pertussis were reported. Colorado has seen epidemic levels of pertussis over the past two years. The 1,494 cases in 2012 made it the state’s worst year for whooping cough, surpassing the 1,383 cases in 2005.
“Pertussis immunizations are recommended for all children and adults, but it is especially important for people who have contact with infants to be up-to-date,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the medical director of the department’s immunization section. “Infants are too young to receive the vaccine themselves and have a higher risk of hospitalization and death due to pertussis.”
 “Unfortunately parents and other caregivers are commonly the source of pertussis infections in infants,” Dr. Herlihy said. “With national estimates suggesting only 12 percent of adults have received the recommended Tdap vaccine, we are missing too many opportunities to prevent these infections.”
Though the recent increase is widespread, the most of the new cases were in Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver and Jefferson counties.
Ideally, the vaccine should be received at least two weeks before beginning contact with an infant, to allow enough time to develop immunity. Infants should receive the pertussis containing vaccine, DTaP, at ages 2-, 4-  and 6-months, and again between 15 and18 months of age, and children should receive a booster between 4 and 6 years of age.
The Tdap vaccine is recommended for:
•       Children 7–10 years old who are not fully immunized with the childhood DTaP vaccine series
•       Adolescents 11–12 years old
•       Adults who have never received a Tdap vaccine
•       Pregnant women at 27 through 36 weeks or pregnancy
•     Parents/caregivers of infants under 12 months of age, including grandparents, babysitters and childcare workers
•     Health care workers
•     Others who plan on having close contact with an infant
Pertussis is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract that spreads easily through the air in droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The illness often starts with cold-like symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. The cough becomes more severe during the first week or two, and often is characterized by episodes of rapid coughs (coughing fits), followed by a high-pitched whoop, or a coughing fit followed by vomiting. The cough may last for a couple of months and is more frequent at night.
If you think you or your child has pertussis, contact your health care provider. For more information see the department’s pertussis page. For general information on immunizations, visit http://www.immunizeforgood.com/.

Colorado | Multiple updates from Larimer County – 09-16-2013 13h11

Despite the weather on Sunday limiting air evacuations, ground crews were able to rescue and evacuate 100 people in the Cedar Cove area. FEMA brought in two, 80-person search and rescue teams yesterday to assist with operations.  The weather is more promising today and tomorrow for air evacuation operations.

LATEST INFORMATION
  • ·         There are 13 National Guard helicopters and 3 civilian helicopters to help with evacuations, surveillance and bringing in emergency personnel to areas needed.  Helicopters are now in the air and resuming air rescue operations as of 1:00 p.m today.
  • ·         1,000 residents remain in remote locations needing to be evacuated.
  • ·         There are now 398 unaccounted for persons, down from the original report of 643.  213 of the reported 643 unaccounted persons have been located and accounted for and there were a few entries without 1st or last names that had multiple entries and were consolidated.
  • ·         There are two confirmed reports of missing/presumed dead residents in the Cedar Cove area; however, at this time we still have no confirmed fatalities.
  • ·         There are approximately 1,120 square miles of area involved that has damage in Larimer County.  Rist Canyon has minimal damage, Buckhorn Canyon has heavy damage, Poudre Canyon has minimal damage, Big Thompson Canyon has extensive damage, North Fork of Big Thompson has extensive damage, and South St. Vrain also has extensive damage
  • ·         Initial estimates show approximately 1,500 residential homes in Larimer County have been destroyed with an expected number of 4,500 homes damaged.  There are also estimated 200 businesses destroyed and 500 businesses with damage in Larimer County as well.
  • ·         Three dams confirmed as failed in Larimer County; these are Sunset, Mirror Lake and Rainbow, which are all in the Big Elk Meadows area.  These are earthen dams and very small so impact in the area was minimal from these breaks.
  • ·         Some areas in Larimer County experienced a 100 year flood and other areas experienced a 1,000 year flood.  It all depends on where the heaviest rain fell.  Areas with more extensive damage experienced the 1,000 year flooding.
  • ·         A Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) has been established by City of Loveland and Larimer County.  This Center will open Wednesday, September 18th at 8:00 a.m. and will be open daily from then on from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The DAC is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #B in Loveland.  In addition the Disaster Distribution Center is now open for evacuees and is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the 815 14th Street SW, Building #D, in Loveland. The distribution center provides things like water, clothing, diapers, non-perishable and non-perishable food to evacuees.
EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS
·         Residents with medical emergencies remain the priority for evacuations at this time. Search and Rescue teams are being dropped into numerous areas to assess the situation and contact stranded residents.
·         Shelters have been set up in the following areas:
                        Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland – 800 S. Taft Avenue
                        Lyons Elementary School in Lyons – North of High Street on 4th
                        Pinewood Springs Fire Department in Lyons – 61 Kiowa Road
                        Mountain View Bible Fellowship in Estes Park – Highway 7 at Peak View Drive
                        Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins – 1118 Miramont Drive
                        Timberline Church in Fort Collins – 2908 South Timberline Road
·         The Ranch in Loveland is accepting large animals from evacuees.
·         Shuttle buses are being facilitated from the evacuation centers to take evacuees to the Disaster Assistance Center and the Disaster Distribution Center.
 
TRAVEL INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES/OPENINGS  
The National Guard is assisting with traffic control and roadblocks. In addition to the numerous county road closures, the following Main Roads remain closed in Larimer County:
·         U.S. 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park
·         SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden
·         U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street
For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website:
For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
BUILDING/ROAD SAFETY
·         It is critical for your safety that you not attempt to reenter evacuated areas or closed roadways/bridges without updated information.
·         DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OR PASS ROAD BLOCKS – You are putting your life and those of emergency responders at risk if you do.
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
·         To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.
·         The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is www.safeandwell.org.  The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.
ROAD CONDITIONS
·         The Poudre Canyon has minimal damage, but remains closed to the public. Rist Canyon has some damage, but residents are not stranded and are able to get out.  This area is also still closed to the public. Buckhorn Canyon has extensive road damage and in some areas the road was washed away completely.  The Crystal Mountain Community is above where the water went through, but residents in this area are stranded. Big Thompson Canyon has extensive road damage and the communities of Drake, Glen Haven and Cedar Park remain isolated with no road access at this time.
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
·         The public information line is 970-498-5500.  This number can also be used to report missing or unaccounted person(s) in Larimer County.  For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.
·         Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information.  Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.
·         The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and @LarimerSheriff
·         Website updates at:
            www.larimersheriff.org
            www.larimer.org/emergency
            www.larimer.org/flooding2013/
EVACUEE AND MEDIA BRIEFINGS
 
·         Media Briefings will continue to be held daily at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office until further notice
 
BASIC SAFETY TIPS
  • ·         Stay out of flood water – it can be contaminated.
  • ·         Residents in are asked to limit driving, especially in mountain communities as gasoline may become scarce due to washed out roads.

Colorado | Multiple updates from Boulder County – 09-15-2013 to 19h54 EDT

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 15

From the Boulder OEM:

  • 277 evacuees currently using shelters
  • approximately 60-70 of these people will need long-term sheltering
  • Donations: Monetary donations are the most helpful and provide the most flexibility for use.  We currently do not have the capability to accept tangible food or item donations, though you can sign up in a log at www.HELPCOLORADONOW.com and we will reach out to you when we do have the capability.
  • Estimated 35 bridges need repair; 100 minor structures; estimated 100 miles of road damaged.
  • Estimated $100-150 million in damage
  • Focus is to gain access to all communities by road.

From FEMA/IST:

  • Boulder County has been approved as major disaster area.
  • Residents need to register with FEMA
  • Disaster teams will be in areas to assess structural integrity.

From the National Guard

  • Approximately 1500 Boulder County residence have been evacuated by military assets. 950 by Helicopter and 550 by Military Vehicle.

From the Incident Management Team:
Incident Statistics:

  • Personnel: 883
  • Area impacted (sq. miles): 760 square miles impacted
  • Estimated total rainfall: 1.25” maximum in the county; 1.5” at the Boulder Airport
  • Aviation assets:
    • Dept. of Defense: 2 Chinooks, 4 Blackhawks, 1 Lakota
    • Federal: 4 helicopters

Lee Hill Drive remains closed at 5th Street. No unauthorized vehicles will be allowed to travel west into the foothills.

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

As of 3 p.m. today, Boulder Sheriff Joe Pelle stated that records show that 326 people are currently unaccounted for related to the flooding, but that this number is fluctuating frequently.

At 9 a.m. today, there were 431 entries in the unaccounted for persons list, which included families, couples and individuals.  That number was reduced to 212 entries by about 3 p.m., representing 326 individual people, by comparing evacuation and rescue information with shelter evacuee lists and other information sources.

Finding the people who are unaccounted for is one of the highest priorities, and five teams of Boulder County Sheriff’s Office detectives are dedicated full-time to this task.  These teams are going out in the field, going door-to-door as the situation allows, and comparing the data with information from shelters, emergency response evacuations and other sources.

If someone who lives in a flood zone has self-evacuated to a safe location, they are asked to call in to the Public Call Center, to report that they are safe. That number is 303-413-7730.  If you have reported someone as unaccounted for previously and then learned that they are safe, please also report that to the Public Call Center as well.

Colorado | Multiple flood updates – 1,253 missing, 5 fatalities

Colorado Flood Information

Statewide

  • Nine counties and five city Emergency Operations Centers are activated.
  • Flood conditions are spread across the Front Range across 15 counties including: Boulder, El Paso, Larimer, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Fremont, Jefferson, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Washington, and Weld counties. This are is almost 200 miles from north to south.
  • Fatalities: 5
  • Reported Missing: 1,253 (approximate and changing throughout the day)
  • Evacuated Persons: 11,700
  • Shelter Population Total: 1,872
  • Shelters: 26 Shelters open
  • Declarations:
  • FEMA –Major Disaster Declaration (CO4145)
  • FEMA – 3365-EM Emergency Declaration
  • Residential Structures: 17,494 damaged | 1.502 destroyed
  • State Emergency Operations Center is operating at 24 hours at Level I
  • Information updates posted at www.COEmergency.com , Twitter @COEmergency, and Facebook at COEmergency. Hashtags: #COflood, #BoulderFlood, #JeffcoFlood, #LarimerFlood, #WaldoFlood
  • Donations and Volunteer Information: www.HelpColoradoNow.org or 2-1-1
  • Register at www.SafeAndWell.org to let families members know you have evacuated safely or to check on loved ones.

Current Road Conditions

Current Weather Conditions

Denver/Boulder Forecast Office: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bou/ or @NWSBoulder
Expect scattered rainfall and will produce light to moderate rains. This afternoon and evening a few stronger thunderstorms may produce 08 – 1.0” every 30-45 minutes. Saturated soil will increase the likelihood of flash flood. Four-Mile, Hyde Park and Waldo Canyon burn scars could experience flooding.

Pueblo Forecast Office: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pub/ @NWSPueblo
Flash Flood Watch in effect through this evening. The rest of today is scattered rain showers late in the morning then numerous rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon.

Boulder County

Larimer County

Jefferson County

Information Resources

Executive Orders and Disaster Declarations

Colorado | Multiple updates from Jefferson County – 09-15-2013

Highway 72 is closed to all traffic from Pinecliffe on the west side to Blue Mountain Drive on the east side.

The highway is closed at Pincliffe due to the road damage seen in this picture.  Please respect all road blocks and emergency signs in the area.  Driving over the closed and severely damaged roads not only puts yourself at risk but puts emergency personnel at risk as well.

Twin Spruce Gap Road was closed for a few hours overnight to allow for additional repairs.  The road remains open at this time but the conditions could change any time.  Please use extreme caution when driving in this area.

Please stay off and away from Twin Spruce Gap road, particularly as it approaches the highway 72 intersection.  There have been reports the the amount of traffic and vehicles parked along side the road may be hampering the ability for emergency crews to travel through the area.

Golden Gate Canyon remains closed from highway 93 to Robinson Hill.  This is due to the potential for additional landslides in the area.

This is a reminder that Upper Bear Creek Road is closed from the Evergreen Lake Dam west to the county line.  This remains a Level 1 Evacuation which means that residents should be ready to leave.

Evacuations at this time are voluntary.

Residents in the area will receive a Code Red notification with this reminder.

If you feel that conditions in your area warrant evacuation, please don’t wait for the phone call to leave.

We’re hearing that rumors are spreading about the stability of the Evergreen Dam.  Engineers have examined the area around Evergreen Lake and have assured us that there is currently no threat to the dam.

We are back into the heavy rains, and have received heavy rains for over 2 hours.

Please monitor the water levels in your area and move to higher ground if needed. Have the correct clothing for the elements if you have to be in them. If you can avoid travel please do.

Current word is that Gap is still viable. It is being continually monitored by JeffCo Road & Bridge (especially because it is a dirt road, and sink holes can and are occurring) but it is OPEN.

Be safe as we go through this rainy period.

Posted from http://www.coalcreekcanyonfd.org/blog/

From the Evergreen Metro District web page as of 9:00 a.m. Sunday:

It is raining in the area and the stream flow is increasing slightly.  We will continue to monitor stream flows.  The sewage collection system is running at peak levels, particularly through the lower areas along creeks and drainages.  As a result, the District would ask that you please try to limit the amount of water you use in your homes to prevent further overtaxing of the sewer system.  Sections of Upper Bear Creek still are inundated by flood waters.  The downtown area is open to vehicle traffic.  The drinking water system remains good.  Water quality in Evergreen Lake has improved slightly from yesterday.  We have increased the dosage of chlorine in the treatment process; although there may be a chlorine taste and or odor, the drinking water is safe and will remain safe.  The Evergreen Dam is being watched and is safe; there is no threat of failure of the dam.  The District will update information as conditions change.

http://evergreenmetrodistrict.com/

Colorado | Multiple updates from Boulder County – 09-15-2013

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 Dam

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.

ASISTENCIA POR DESASTRE

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

Para inscribirse, llame al:

1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Al solicitar, favor de tener la siguiente información disponible:

  • El número de seguro social (incluido su cónyuge)
  • Información de la póliza de seguros, si tiene alguna.
  • Dirección y código postal de la propiedad
  • Direcciones de cómo llegar a la vivienda o propiedad dañada
  • Número de teléfono donde se le pueda contactar o dejar un mensaje.
  • The only route to and from Nederland to the foothills (Denver/Boulder) is Highway 119 through Blackhawk/Central City.

     

     

    Colorado | Multiple updates from Larimer County – 14h11 09-15-2013 – 482 people unaccounted for

    With additional rain falling today the primary focus continues to be life safety and assessing conditions related to public safety resources. FEMA is bringing in two, 80-person search and rescue teams today to assist with operations. A Type II team arrived yesterday with 50 additional people to help with planning, coordination and resource allocation for all areas of Larimer County.
    LATEST INFORMATION

     

    ·         Additional rainfall expected today is around 2-4″ and is expected to cause additional flooding
    ·         There are now 16 helicopters to help with evacuations and bringing in emergency personnel to areas needed; however, because of weather conditions those helicopters are not flying right now.  Teams are still able to complete emergency work on the ground even if the helicopters are not flying
    ·         Regular phone and cellular phone service has been re-established to residents in Estes Park.
    ·         There are now 482 unaccounted for persons
    ·         There will be 2 meetings this evening for evacuees.  One in Fort Collins, one in Loveland; details are below.
    ·         We have a report of an 80-year-old woman in Cedar Cove area that is missing and presumed dead. This woman was injured in her home and unable to leave and when friends returned with help the home had been washed away.  This is in addition to the 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman who was reported missing and presumed dead from yesterday.
    ·         At this time we still have no confirmed fatalities.
    EVACUATION AREAS/SHELTERS
    ·         Residents with medical emergencies remain the priority for evacuations at this time. Search and Rescue teams are being dropped into numerous areas to assess the situation and contact stranded residents.
    ·         Shelters have been set up in the following areas:
                            Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland – 800 S. Taft Avenue
                            Lyons Elementary School in Lyons – North of High Street on 4th
                            Pinewood Springs Fire Department in Lyons – 61 Kiowa Road
                            Mountain View Bible Fellowship in Estes Park – Highway 7 at Peak View Drive
                            Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins – 1118 Miramont Drive
                            Timberline Church in Fort Collins – 2908 South Timberline Road

    ·        The Ranch in Loveland is accepting large animals from evacuees.

    TRAVEL INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES/OPENINGS 

    The National Guard is assisting with traffic control and roadblocks. In addition to the numerous county road closures, the following Main Roads remain closed in Larimer County:

    ·         U.S. 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park

    ·         SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden

    ·         U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street

    **I-25 is now OPEN in both directions from Denver to Wyoming State Line**

    ** U.S. 287 is now open in Fort Collins from MM 347 to MM348**

     

    For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website:
    For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.
    BUILDING/ROAD SAFETY
    ·         Even if you do not see water damage and structural problems, it can still be there.  It is critical for your safety that you not attempt to reenter evacuated areas or closed roadways/bridges without updated information.
    ·         DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OR PASS ROAD BLOCKS – You are putting your life and those of emergency responders at risk if you do.
    FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
    ·         To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.
    ·         The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends.  This website is www.safeandwell.org.  The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.

     

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    ·         As of 10:00 PM on 9-13-13 a route has been established for emergency personnel and residents of Estes Park. This route is not for public travel and is only for ESSENTIAL emergency personnel and residents of Estes Park who are trying to evacuate or obtain supplies.
    ·         The Poudre Canyon has minimal damage, but remains closed to the public. Rist Canyon has some damage, but residents are not stranded and are able to get out.  This area is also still closed to the public. Buckhorn Canyon has extensive road damage and in some areas the road was washed away completely.  The Crystal Mountain Community is above where the water went through, but residents in this area are stranded. Big Thompson Canyon has extensive road damage and the communities of Drake, Glen Haven and Cedar Park remain isolated with no road access at this time.
    PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
    ·         The public information line is 970-498-5500.  This number can also be used to report missing or unaccounted person(s) in Larimer County.  For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.
    ·         Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information.  Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.
    ·         The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
    www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and @LarimerSheriff
    ·         Website updates at:
                www.larimersheriff.org
                www.larimer.org/emergency
                www.larimer.org/flooding2013/

     

     

    EVACUEE AND MEDIA BRIEFINGS

     

    ·         There will be an evacuee meeting in Loveland at 5:00 p.m. this evening at the Thompson Valley School Administration building. This meeting is not open to the public. Speakers will include: Loveland Police Chief Luke Hecker, Fire Chief Randy Mirowski, Public Works Director Keith Reester and Chief Building Inspector Tom Hawkinson Sheriff Justin Smith, Executive Officer Nick Christensen and Representatives of the Type II Incident Command Team and Red Cross.
    ·         There will be an evacuee meeting in Fort Collins tonight, September 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the Timberline Church.  This meeting is not open to the public.  Speakers will include: Commissioner Steve Johnson, Sheriff Justin Smith, Executive Officer Nick Christensen and Representatives of the Type II Incident Command Team and Red Cross.
    ·         Media is discouraged from attending these meetings as there will be separate media briefings; however, if media does attend we ask they hold questions as these meetings are just for evacuees.

     

    *Media Briefings will continue to be held daily at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office until further notice.*

     

    BASIC SAFETY TIPS

     

    ·         Stay out of flood water – it can be contaminated. 
    ·         If you feel unsafe at your home, trust your instincts and go to a shelter.  You do not need to wait for a notification to evacuate if you feel threatened.
    ·         Flooding is causing blocked roadways in low-lying areas.  Hazardous road conditions exist throughout Larimer County, please limit travel and watch for road blocks at low-lying areas due to high water. Do not venture out unless absolutely necessary. 
    ·         All residents in low-lying areas are asked to be on alert for rising water.  Be prepared to evacuate if needed.  

    ·         Residents in are asked to limit driving, especially in mountain communities as gasoline may become scarce due to washed out roads.

    Colorado | Flash Flood Warning for Central El Paso County until 16h00

    FLASH FLOOD WARNING
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS ISSUED A
    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
    CENTRAL EL PASO COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL COLORADO…
    * UNTIL 400 PM MDT
    * AT 1257 PM MDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
    SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE
    WARNED AREA. DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES THAT ABOUT AN INCH OF RAIN
    HAS FALLEN WITHIN THE PAST 30 MINUTES…WITH ANOTHER INCH OF RAIN
    EXPECTED IN A SHORT PERIOD.
    * RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
    OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
    COLORADO SPRINGS AND PETERSON AFB.
    THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING STREAMS AND DRAINAGES…PINE
    CREEK…SAND CREEK…FOUNTAIN CREEK…SPRING CREEK…SHOOKS
    RUN…MONUMENT CREEK…COTTONWOOD CREEK AND KETTLE CREEK.
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
    EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
    CREEKS AND STREAMS…URBAN AREAS…HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES
    AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.
    FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IS IMMINENT. MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR
    IN AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS WATER COVERED BRIDGES…
    DIPS… OR LOW WATER CROSSINGS. NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING
    STREAM… EVEN A SMALL ONE…ON FOOT OR IN A VEHICLE.

    Instructions:

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
    EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…URBAN AREAS…HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS. FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IS IMMINENT. MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS WATER COVERED BRIDGES… DIPS… OR LOW WATER CROSSINGS. NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING STREAM… EVEN A SMALL ONE…ON FOOT OR IN A VEHICLE.