Flood Update for 9/24/13

Issued 9/24/13 by John Schulz, Public Information Officer

LATEST INFORMATION

The Type 3 management team has taken over management of the incident and the Emergency Operations Center is up and running at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

Activities continue to focus more on the long term recovery and less on search and rescue.

Resident credentials are now required for anyone going behind the checkpoints and roadblocks.  This includes both Estes Park and Pinewood Springs which previously only required proof of residency and a photo id.  Individuals behind the checkpoints and roadblocks without credentials will be cited.  Patrols will be active in all areas.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Posse is now patrolling the remote areas on horseback.

Everyone on the missing list published yesterday has been accounted for. We have one person listed as missing presumed dead, and one confirmed fatality.

CDOT announced the opening of Highway 14 through the Poudre Canyon from Highway 287 (Ted's Place) to Cameron Pass.

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES

Rist Canyon (CR52E) is open to residents only

CR54E is closed west of Highway 287

CR27 is closed north of mile marker 13

CR23 is closed north of CR50C

Highway 34 is closed between Glade Road and 23H is open to residents only.

Highway 34 is closed at CR29

CR29 is closed south of CR22H

For additional information on County Road closures, please refer to the website:

www.larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm .

For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.

ACCESS CREDENTIALS

As access becomes available to areas affected by the flood, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office will be requiring registration and credentialing to enter these areas and will be limited to residents only. These areas may be accessible only by means other than a regular vehicle. (ATV, hiking, horse, etc.).  It is highly recommended that the area of the Big Thompson Canyon (Highway 34) between the mouth of the canyon west to Drake be avoided.

Registration and credentialing are required for those residents attempting to gain access.  A photo id and proof of residency (utility bill, tax statements, etc.) must be presented to be issued credentials.

Registration and credentialing will be available at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office located at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Ft. Collins, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Credentials may also be obtained at the Disaster Assistance Center located at 815 14th Street SW, Building B in Loveland on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24th & 25th from noon to 7:00 p.m.

In the Estes Park area, credentials are now required and may be obtained at the checkpoint or at the Estes Park Police Department. Residents may access County Road 43 up to Glen Haven with regular vehicles.  The Meadowdale area and Highway 34 to mile marker 72 is also open to residents.  The Retreat by Glen Haven is open for hikers only..

Residents of Pinewood Springs may also hike in on Highway 36 from the Larimer County side. Credentials are now required for this area and may be obtained at the checkpoint or at the Estes Park Police Department.

Residents attempting to get back to their homes will encounter many unknown hazards and will enter at their own risk.  The Larimer County Sheriff's Office cannot guarantee the safety of residents who enter these areas or guarantee that deputies will be available to provide assistance if needed.

Regular patrols are being conducted including patrols by the Larimer County Sheriff's Posse in the remote areas. Individuals without credentials will be cited.

RECOVERY INFORMATION

For all the information on both the Disaster Assistance Center and Distribution Center please see the website http://www.larimer.org/flooding2013/ .

PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

The Joint Information Center is now closed but the public information line recording on 970-498-5500 will be updated for the near future. For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email at leta911.org.  

The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites:
            www.facebook.com/larimersheriff  and on Twitter @LarimerSheriff

Website updates at:

www.larimersheriff.org

www.larimer.org/emergency

            www.larimer.org/flooding2013/

BEWARE OF SCAMS.

See http://www.larimersheriff.org/site-page/frauds-and-scamsfor additional information and tips on scams and what to do if you have fallen victim to a scammer. 

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