FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Federal and local officials declared Northern Colorado as disaster area Friday as all facilities and offices were closed due to worsening conditions.
Residents in Fort Collins are encouraged to take shelter in their homes due to flooding conditions making it extremely difficult to travel.
Numerous evacuations have been ordered for the northern neighborhoods of Fort Collins including the area from north College Avenue and Vine Drive, to north College Avenue and Conifer Street. Evacuees for north neighborhoods should go to the City’s Streets Building on Vine and Lemay.
Due to flooding on the Poudre River, residents in Andersonville, Alta Vista and Buckingham neighborhoods are also strongly urged to evacuate. A temporary shelter has been established at Timberline Church on 2908 S. Timberline Road, just south of Drake Road.
City officials said the Poudre River is flowing at about 9,400 cfs through Fort Collins and is expected to climb.
The poudre river is overflowing its banks! pic.twitter.com/UFEisFdEdR
— Alex Moulton (@THElavacake) September 12, 2013
Numerous schools are closed including the Poudre School District, Front Range Community College and Colorado State University.
Power is also down in the area near Mulberry Rd. and Lemay Ave., and is currently operating on a generator. Officials said customers could experience power fluctuations or outages. To report an outage in your area, call (970) 221-6700.
Interstate 25 is closed from Harmony Road to the Wyoming state line, and ten bridges are shut down throughout the city including:
- Overland Trail
- Taft Hill Road
- Shields Street
- College Avenue
- Linden Street
- Lincoln Avenue
- Mulberry Road
- Lemay Avenue
- Timberline Road
- Prospect Road
— Jeff James (@jeffjames3) September 13, 2013
A local emergency proclamation was signed by city manager Darin Atteberry, and was sent to the Governor’s office. The city’s Emergency Operations Plan has been activated.
The city’s drinking water is being provided from the Horsetooth Reservoir, however there are no concerns about a breach of the dam.