Dangerous flooding has been reported in the Rustic area to the base of Poudre Canyon, including some areas in the Cameron Peak Fire burn scar, according to reports from the county.
According to an emergency message from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office sent just before 7 p.m. flooding was occurring in the area from Joe Wright Reservoir east to the intersection of County Road 69 and Rustic. The Sheriff’s Office announced that community members in those area should immediately reach higher ground by any means necessary.
Around an hour later another emergency message was sent out that flooding was reported in the area of Colorado 14 from Rustic to Ted’s Place at the base of Poudre Canyon where Highway 14 and U.S. 287 intersect. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents and business occupants due to “immediate and imminent danger.”
Both alerts said to avoid areas subject to flooding including dips, low spots, ditches and more. Community members have been told to not attempt to cross flowing streams or creeks and if driving, be aware “that the road may not be intact under flood waters.”
“Never drive through flooded roadways — turn around and go another way,” the report said. “If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.”
According to the alert sent around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, an evacuation site was being set up by the Red Cross at Cache La Poudre Middle School, 3515 W County Road 54G in LaPorte.
A map of the affected area can be found at nocoalert.org and updates can be received by texting LCEVAC to 888777.
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