Flash Flood Emergency issued for Boulder, northern Jefferson counties
DENVER –The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Emergency for Boulder and northern Jefferson counties.
That message came at 12:14 a.m. Thursday. Heavy rain continued to fall as the weather system stalled.
A mandatory evacuation was underway in the community of Jamestown after midnight Thursday where there were reports of structure damage as a result of high water and mud slides. Officials advised residents to use Overland Road and head toward Nederland.
A mandatory evacuation was ordered for residents of Fourmile Canyon in Boulder County just before midnight Wednesday.
Residents were told to move to higher ground immediately. The recommended evacuation route was Poorman Road to higher ground. People west of Ingraham Gulch should take Gold Run to Gold Hill.
By 1:00 a.m. Thursday the rain storm in Boulder County stalled and just continued to dump intense amounts of rain on the region.
Boulder officials warned people in low-lying levels of the city to move to higher ground.
The American Red Cross was staffing a shelter at the North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway, in Boulder for residents affected by current flooding or risk of flooding.
The shelter will remain open over night, with cots, blankets and other basic necessities such as food and water.
The National Weather Service expanded the Flash Flood Warning north to the Wyoming border to include Much of Larimer County, parts of Weld County and the city of Fort Collins. That warning was in effect in
Slow moving storms with heavy rain put metro Denver, Boulder, Larimer and El Paso counties under Flash Flood Warnings late Wednesday night.
The warning for metro Denver was in effect until 1:00 a.m. Thursday. It was in effect until 4:15 a.m. Thursday for Boulder and Jefferson counties and 3:45 a.m. for Larimer County.
The National Weather Service reported there were people trapped in their vehicles along Highway 93 in Jefferson County. The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the road between Highway 128 and Highway 72 due to flooding and accidents at about 11:00 p.m.
The Daily Camera reported University of Colorado officials started evacuating people out of student housing late Wednesday night because of flooding. CU-Boulder police said 100-200 people were evacuated from family housing near Boulder Creek as a precaution. There were shelters open on campus.
Boulder County opened its Emergency Operations Center Wednesday morning to monitor rain storms which were in their third day in Boulder. They described flooding as “low level,” but advised residents to stay off roads and away from creeks.
The Erie Police Department closed Erie Parkway between S. Briggs Street and Weld County Road Five because of heavy rain, Flash Flood Warnings and downed power lines.
Pinpoint Weather Tracker Daryl Orr described a “raging river” coming down the road on Erie Parkway.
Motorists were advised to use extreme caution.
The Erie Community Center was closed due to a power outage.
The National Weather Service reported Lookout Road near 95th Street in eastern Boulder County was closed due to flash flooding.
There were also reports of rock slides in Boulder Canyon.
Earlier Wednesday a large boulder came loose on South Table Mountain and tumbled onto a road in a Golden neighborhood. There were no injuries.