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Utilities Press Release: City of Fort Collins Begins Flood Recovery Efforts
9/16/2013
Credit:
Fort Collins press release
The most recent information regarding the flooding status of the City follows:

Flood Updates:

•Poudre River flows at the mouth of the canyon are 3,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) and approximately 3,000 in Fort Collins. There are no flood warnings on the Poudre River in Larimer County at this time. There is a flash flood watch for smaller drainage areas due to the potential for afternoon storms (see bullet below). Stormwater staff will continue to monitor the river.

•If there is damage to river bank properties, call 970-221-6700 prior to any work for assistance with documentation and permitting.

• The following bridges remain closed
o Overland Trail
o Shields Street
o Lincoln Street
o Linden Street

•The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts scattered showers this afternoon and evening that could produce up to an inch of rain in less than 30 minutes.

Resources / Recovery Assistance:

•Residents should contact their trash hauling company to arrange for special pick-up of wastes that may have been generated from flooding.

•Those returning home should go to the following resources for key information on how to manage conditions at home, begin the clean-up process, file insurance claims, etc.:

http://www.fcgov.com/streets/pdf/2013_Flood_Indoor_air_quality_fact_sheet.pdf http://floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/preparation_recovery/after_a_flood.jsp http://floodsmart.gov/toolkits/flood/downloads/AfterFloodFactSheet-08-2010.pdf http://ready.gov/floods
•Residents who need help with disaster assistance resources should call 211 (United Way).

Safety:

•The City continues to advise the public to avoid unnecessary contact with river and other water bodies as they are likely contaminated with sewage from breached septic systems, etc.

•To learn more about health issues and flooding, visit http://larimer.org.

•Fort Collins Utilities’ Water Treatment Facility reports that City drinking water remains safe.

•Both the Drake and Mulberry Water Reclamation Facilities continue to operate well, with no issues reported.

•Stormwater staff continues to inspect the structural integrity of bridges, which are reported to be holding well. Other infrastructure checks also are reported to be stable at this time.

Ongoing updates will be provided each morning and evening unless conditions change. Detailed information can be found at http://www.fcgov.com/oem.

For more information, call 970-221-6700, email utilities@fcgov.com or TDD 970-224-6003.