Power in Fort Morgan likely to be restored Thursday as river recedes

(Photo: MGN Online)

(Photo: MGN Online)

FORT MORGAN, Colo. — Major flooding in the area of Fort Morgan is likely over and power to much of the area could be restored today, the city announced Thursday.

“It appears that the (South Platte) River is in full retreat,” said Brent Nation, Water Resources/Utilities Director for the City of Fort Morgan. “Gauge readings out of the main tributaries causing the majority of the flooding continue to decline steadily and the South Platte River at Fort Lupton has dropped below 2,000 cubic feet per second. All this causes me to believe that the major flooding is over.”

Nation said he believed Fort Morgan utility crews would be able to access most areas of North Barlow Road today and re-establish electricity to the businesses that have been without power for several days. The power supply had to be cut when floodwaters inundated the area.

Restoration of power does not necessarily mean those businesses will be prepared to open, because some other flooding damage may have occurred on those properties. But having utilities back on will be a step in the right direction.

Water is still flowing farther north on Barlow, however, so power cannot yet be restored to the Silver Spur Campground. It is uncertain when that area will regain its power supply, Nation said.