All Longmont residents told to stay home Friday

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- City officials told residents of Longmont to say home Friday as the city continues to deal with a flooded St. Vrain River.

The creek, which runs east-west through the middle of town was overwhelmed by flood waters.

"I've never seen any of this in my entire life living in Longmont," long-time resident Gabriel said.

North-south travel through the city was impossible Friday morning. "The St. Vrain River has split the city and all north-south bridges are closed at the river," said Cmdr. Jeff Satur of the Longmont Police Department.

Right now police are controlling access to Longmont through Highway 66. Travel to the west was impossible, Satur said.

Boulder bound Highway 119 is closed between Hover Rd and Airport Road. Longmont bound from Boulder on Highway 119 to south Longmont is open, but we are anticipating a closure, he added.

This map highlights the area with power outages as of Friday morning.
This map highlights the area with power outages as of Friday morning.

About 1,300 homes were without power. Satur said Longmont Power and Communications was evaluating outages and would re-energize them when safe to do so.

"Our drinking water supply is still safe. We currently do not have any restrictions on use of drinking water and/or waste water," Satur said.

Several evacuation centers have been set up for residents evacuated near the St. Vrain. They include:

-- Memorial Building (Longs Peak Ave and Coffman St.) for residents to the north of town. This shelter is near capacity, but it will not turn anyone away.
-- Niwot High School (8989 E. Niwot Rd.). Niwot High School still has capacity for residents.
-- Animals may be taken to the Longmont Humane Society. Unfortunately, this will only be available to our residents on the south side of the city. Officials are working on a north animal shelter.

The city has a call center with information for those trying to reach a family member. You can call 303-651-8595. Only call 911 if you have an emergency.

RTD was not operating buses in Longmont Friday.

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