High water floods onto Eastern Plains of Colorado

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WELD COUNTY, Colo. -- A week of rain and even some snow forced the Poudre River beyond its banks near Greeley.

It’s a sight that’s become all too familiar in recent years.

“In 2013 it came in the house," said Mary Jane Duran-Blietz, who lives along the Poudre River Trail. "Last year a little bit of it came in the house."

This year the river has once again surged across 71st Avenue, surrounding her home, but this time she's got an extra level of protection.

“When this wall wasn’t here, the water came up and went into my patio,” Duran-Blietz said.

Her sons, who own Stucco Rite, built her a new flood wall that now goes all the way around her home.

“I wish it’d go all the way around the farm," she said with a laugh. "But that’d be a little expensive.”

So far the wall is working and the water appears to be draining.

“I’ve been marking the road with rocks. Back there is the last mark I made at 2:00 this morning," Duran-Blietz said. "It has receded.”

There are all kinds of similarly flooded roads near Greeley. A storm sewer backup on 6th Avenue in Greeley led to a closure Monday morning.

On Monday afternoon, the Colorado Department of Transportation closed U.S. 34 for several hours in both directions just east of Greeley. Crews installed a culvert to help keep the rising South Platte River from flowing over the road. The entire stretch is currently under repair because it was washed away during the flood of 2013.

Neighbors are glad that those floods still stand as the high water mark in the area.

“(In 2013) It was flowing down the driveway here where I’m standing," said Stuart Klady, who lives along the Poudre River.

Klady says he won't feel better until the river is no longer sharing the road. “I think it’s just the start of it right now," he said. "Once the snow starts melting it will get worse.”

“I’m expecting maybe another rush in a day or two," said Duran-Blietz. "I’ll just take it as it comes.”

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