Water levels in Evans at 14.5 feet, expected to drop Tuesday

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Flooding in Evans Colorado on Friday Sept. 13, 2013.

EVANS, Colo. — Flood waters in the Evans and Milliken flood areas were at 14.5 feet Tuesday morning, city officials said.

Officials said the flood levels would drop Tuesday and cautioned residents to be careful as they return to dry areas.

“Areas where water has receded may not be safe. The water and landscape can be contaminated with hazardous materials, such as sharp debris, pesticides, fuel, and untreated sewage,” said spokeswoman Jessica Schoepner.

Five crews are working to assess the integrity of sewer, storm water and water lines. Resources from Greeley have also arrived to help with recovery efforts, Schoepner said.

The city’s wastewater treatment plant was likely damaged during the flood, she added.

Red Cross disaster assessment teams will also be in the region looking at buildings to see if they are safe or not.

Colorado Department of Transportation is assessing all bridges in the Weld County area. Crews working at the bridge on Highway 60 south out of Milliken and were anticipating opening the bridge later Tuesday.