LOGAN COUNTY, Colo. -- Officials from the Logan County Office of Emergency Management ordered evacuations for the town of Crook on Tuesday, including residents along the north side of U.S. 138.
Residents along the river basing are being evacuated due to historic high levels of water in the Harmony Ditch close to Crook, according to the OEM.
Authorities are worried that if the ditch breeches its banks, it could flood the town. Crook is located between Sterling and Julesburg.
Crew members from Crook Fire Department are going door to door telling residents to evacuate. Emergency notifications have also been sent out.
An evacuation shelter has been established at the Caliche School. Residents can call (970) 886-2100.
The previous evacuation along the river basin south of U.S. 138 remains in effect. Due to road closures on U.S. 138, evacuees will have to use county roads north of the highway.
U.S. 55 from Crook to the Interstate 76 interchange is closed. According to CDOT, every bridge crossing across the Platte River in Logan County has also been closed, as well as U.S.138 between the intersection of Highway 113 and the town of Crook.
The South Platte River continues to flow way out of its banks, and is flooding communities like Sterling.
The National Weather Service warned people in Julesburg to expect record-setting flood levels.
According to officials in Logan County, the sewer system in Sterling has been damaged by flood waters, and a "no flush" order has been issued for Sterling until further notice. Residents should also limit the amount of water used.
The Northeast Colorado Health Department has also issued an order to all establishments who serve food to close until further notice. Motels are also closed.
“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.
Drinking water in the city is safe.