The Larimer County Sheriff’s in coordination with Larimer County Emergency Services, Colorado State Patrol and the National Guard continue to focus on life safety priorities and assessing conditions related to public safety and public resources.
A Type II team will be coming in this evening with 50 additional people to help with planning, coordination and resource allocation for all cities in Larimer County in addition to the unincorporated areas of Larimer County.
· Residents with medical emergencies remain the priority for evacuations at this time.
· The National Guard is providing 7 helicopters today to help with evacuations and bring in emergency personnel to areas needed. There are 128 people being evacuated from Big Elk Meadows and 1,200 people from Pinewood Springs.
· There are an unknown number of people in Rist Canyon, Poudre Canyon and Big Thompson Canyon also needing evacuation assistance and we are working on assisting those people as well.
· Search and Rescue teams are being dropped into numerous areas to assess the situation and contact stranded residents. Additionally, approximately 7,000 meals ready to eat (MRE) and other resources are being dropped by helicopters to stranded individuals.
· 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
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 392 from I-25 (Larimer County Road 5) east to 17th Street in Windsor
· SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden
· US 287 southbound at Wyoming for commercial vehicles
· U.S. 287 in Fort Collins from MP 347 to MP 348
· U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street
· SH 14 between Ted’s Place and Walden
· SH 7 between Lyons and Estes Park
**I-25 is now OPEN in both directions from Denver to Wyoming State Line**
For a complete list of County Road closures, please refer to the website:
· 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 further information. This will be provided as it becomes available.
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
· An investigations team has been established to start tracking confirmed reports of missing people. We are working on numerous reports of unaccounted people. To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500
· We have received a report of a 60-year-old woman from the Cedar Grove area that is missing and presumed dead as the house was destroyed by flood waters. At this time, this is the only confirmed report of a missing person.
· 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
. Due to extreme volume of requests, responding agencies and the local Red Cross volunteers cannot manage this and ask that citizens use this website to contact one another. Register today! The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.
· The Poudre Canyon has minimal damage, but is still 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 we have been told 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 are 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.
· Updates can be found on Facebook sites:
· Twitter updates at:
· Website updates at:
BASIC SAFETY TIPS
· Please check on your neighbors as we are unable to do welfare checks with limited staff and resources focused on evacuations and getting food and water to stranded residents.
· Stay out of flood water – it can be contaminated.
· DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OR PASS ROAD BLOCKS – You are putting your life and those of emergency responders at risk if you do.
· 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.