Flooding fears prompt voluntary evacuations in Greeley as Poudre River rises

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GREELEY, Colo. -- Voluntary evacuations are in effect in several areas close to the Poudre River on Monday morning, including F Street on the north side of Greeley.

There's currently no immediate threat, but the city is expecting more places under water, affecting homes and businesses.

Some low-lying areas including a far look like a lake. Flood waters are 2 to 3 feet deep in spots, forcing road closures throughout the city.

As a precaution, the Greeley Fire Department has issued a voluntary evacuation notice for all homes and businesses near F Street on the north, Second Street on the south, 35th Avenue on the west and 25th Avenue on the east.

Many neighbors who live near the river are not taking any chances and have already put up sandbags.

"Once the water started collecting over there and moving up, it's not moving down like it should," Greeley resident Ken Vegter said. "Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and slow down."

Volunteers have handed out about 30,000 sandbags and they have about 25,000 remaining. The city is urging people under the voluntary evacuation notice to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

A mandatory evacuation remains a possibility.