Some Boulder County residents issued re-entry passes; 183 unaccounted for
Flooding in Boulder, CO. (Jamie Lynn Cordes, 2013)
BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — In a morning press conference, Boulder County officials said that the city is no longer in an “active rescue situation,” and that some evacuees living outside of Lyons will be given re-entry passes to enter their homes on Tuesday.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the number of people unaccounted for in the area has decreased to 183, and the 567 people who were previously unaccounted for have been contacted. A total of 120 pets have been rescued.
Three people have died as a result of flooding in the area, including a man and a woman, both 19, who were swept away after leaving their car Thursday in Boulder County. Authorities said the woman left the car first, and the man jumped out to try to save her.
Another body was found in a collapsed home in Jamestown.
On Monday, 215 people were airlifted from the area and 11 people were evacuated by ground. A total of 1,700 people have been rescued by military personnel.
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Authorities offered some good news to those living outside of Lyons. Residents can go to the LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont for re-entry passes between noon and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
There is still however a “no flush” and boil water order in the area, and access is only allowed to residents from dawn until dusk, according to officials.
Re-entry passes for all Lyons residents will be distributed on Wednesday.
City of Boulder spokesperson Sarah Huntley said they are continuing to work on sewage issues because there are backups in some homes, and that the waste water treatment facility is operating at maximum capacity.
Residents can call (303) 413-7100 between 7a.m. and 7p.m. Monday through Friday with any public works issues or emergencies. Another call line is being set up for residents to obtain permits for repair work at (303) 441-1880.
A flood recovery website has been established at: http://www.boulderfloodinfo.net.
Huntley said a large amount of debris has been cleared from the area, and that businesses in downtown Boulder are reopening, while roads leading downtown have also opened.
Officials said there is a hard road closure on Highway 119 in Boulder Canyon due to the structural integrity of the road.
Boulder County has provided free dumpsters at various sites hit hard by the floods. Seven Post Offices have also returned to their original locations including Bellvue, Weldona, Orchard, Allenspark, Merino, Milliken and Snyder.
The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services is providing food assistance to those who qualify to replace food lost due to the recent flooding. The replacement funds are available to those who are currently receiving food assistance, and covers food purchased using September Food Assistance benefits.
Residents who feel they may qualify for the replacement food assistance should contact BCDHHS’ Community Support Manager Lynn Grey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-441-1000.