Most Recent Fort Collins Flood Conditions and Safety Updates, September 15, 10:50 a.m.
Credit: Fort Collins press release
The most recent information regarding the flooding status of the City follows:
• River flows in Fort Collins are decreasing currently about 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Although September is typically the driest time of year for this area – with minimal flows around 50 cfs – the current level is comparable to the past few spring runoffs, which were 3,000-4,000 cfs with peaks at 5,000 cfs. Fort Collins Utilities staff continues to monitor flow up the Poudre Canyon, throughout town and in irrigation ditches.
• Trails and bike paths are expected to remain closed for several days. Barricades have been placed at trail access points to ensure safety. Please do not go around them.
• Floodwaters typically contain dangerous bacteria and citizens should avoid contact. Be mindful to stay out of flooded areas until the cleanup is complete.
• Utilities’ Water Treatment Facility reports that Fort Collins’ drinking water remains safe, with water coming from Horsetooth Reservoir, not the Poudre River.
• Both the Drake and Mulberry Water Reclamation Facilities are operating correctly with no issues reported.
• The following intersections and bridges remain closed: o Overland Trail o Shields Street o Lincoln Street o Linden Street
• I-25 is open through Wyoming to New Mexico. Colorado highway closures update is obtained from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), www.coloradodot.info/news/2013-news-releases/09-2013/roadclosures1pm.html or call 511.
• The City of Fort Collins reminds citizens to only call 911 in the event of emergencies. The non-emergency phone number for Fort Collins police is 970-221-6540. Larimer County dispatch is 970-416-1985.
• The public is strongly advised to avoid unnecessary contact with river and other water bodies as floodwaters are likely contaminated with sewage from breached septic systems, etc. Tests last week on river water showed high levels bacteria associated with fecal contamination and the potential for exposure to disease-causing agents.
The most current information can be found at www.fcgov.com/oem.