Water boil advisories for communities affected by flooding

Posted on: 3:11 pm, September 16, 2013, by , updated on: 05:03pm, September 18, 2013

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DENVER — Boil water advisories remain in place for four communities in Colorado.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the advisories are for: Lyons and  Mountain Meadow (Allenspark).

The advisory for Firestone was lifted Wednesday afternoon.

The boil water advisory for most areas in the Left Hand Water District was lifted Wednesday morning.

The areas still impacted include: Areas along Foothills Highway (Hwy 36) from Neva Road north, Nelson Road from Foothills Highway to Tollgate, 39th and 41st Streets from Plateau Road to Nimbus Road, Oxford Road from 41st Street to Ogallala.  This includes the subdivisions of Foothills Ranch, Hardt Estates, L’heureux Country Estates, Mountain Ridge, Sage Valley, Lake of the Pines, Crestview Estates, and McNair Meadows.

The CDPHE urged anyone in flooded areas to avoid touching the water.

“Many contaminants such as raw sewage, as well as potential releases of chemicals from homes, businesses and industry, may be contained in flood waters,” said spokesman Mark Salley.  “If people must be in contact with floodwaters, they should wash frequently with warm water and soap.”

In Sterling, city officials issued an advisory that the city waste water system was damaged and stopped working.

“All retail food, body art, childcare and pool facilities are required to close until the system is back up and operating, which the city is estimating could take at least two days to inspect and assess,” said city spokeswoman Deanna Herbert.

“We realize this is a tough situation for all of our facilities but without the means to practice proper food handling and environmental safety practices, which typically require more than the ‘limited water use’ the city is asking from us, we would be putting the health and safety of our residents at risk and potentially creating more problems than we have now,” said Dr. Tony Cappello, NCHD’s public health director.

Herbert said drinking water in the city is safe.