Neighborhoods evacuated in Longmont as river cuts city in half

LONGMONT, Colo. — The St. Vrain Creek runs east-west through the middle of Longmont carrying water from the Foothills east.

After a heavy rain storm dumped almost half a foot of water Wednesday night and all day Thursday, the creek swelled to a river that split Longmont in half.

The city ordered evacuations for neighborhoods along the St. Vrain including:

– The Creekside neighborhood, near Plateau Road and Hover St, which is near Left hand creek.
– The Longmont Estate Greens and Champion Greens neighborhood, near 9th Ave and Airport Road.
–The Valley neighborhood, near Hayden Ct and 9th Ave and the Golden Ponds neighborhood near the south edges of Allen Dr. and Hover St.

The city setup emergency shelters including one in St Vrain Valley School District Mead High School.

Kevin McCrone went to check on his friends who live near the St. Vrain. He told FOX31 Denver “I’ve never seen that before. I looks like a lake. The water was about 2 feet under the bridge and usually it’s a 20 foot drop from the bridge to the creek.”

All the water led to widespread power outages. City officials have encouraged residents to say inside until the water clears.