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Larimer County: Thousands of homes destroyed by the flooding

12:59 PM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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LARIMER COUNTY - Nearly 197 people are still unaccounted for in Larimer County as of Tuesday due to the catastrophic flooding in that area.

According to Larimer County emergency officials, there are 1,000 residents who still need to be evacuated out of remote areas of the county. About 420 people were evacuated on Monday. As of Tuesday, officials still needed to evacuate 600 people. More than 1,000 people have been rescued in total since the flooding began.

The flood area covers 1,120 square miles, and there are two confirmed reports of missing/presumed dead persons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Disaster Assistance Center has been established by City of Loveland and Larimer County. This Center will open Wednesday at 8 a.m. and will be open daily from then on from 8 a.m. to 6 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 a.m. to 7 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.

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.

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: http://larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm.

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