LOUISVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) – The City of Louisville is allowing residents to come back after a devastating fire raged through the town last week, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses.
The city lifted an evacuation order at 12 p.m. on Wednesday. Authorities said the entire town is open to residents, including hard closure areas. However, hard closures will only be open between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to safety concerns.
Families will be allowed to visit properties for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
Antoinette Cabral and Isaac Oaks had been trying to get in their Cornerstone neighborhood Wednesday morning.
“I’m feeling a little frustrated because we had to re-arrange everything because we are not staying close to here. So we have to plan to be able to get here and have access,” Cabral said.
Oaks said they just wanted to see what was left of their home.
“It really hasn’t sunk in yet. I don’t think it will sink in yet. I don’t’ think it will sink in for us until we can dig through the stuff, walk through the ghost of the home,” Oaks said.
How to access hard and soft closures
The City of Louisville is providing placards for residents to access soft and hard closure areas. Residents are able to access these areas by showing their ID or utility bill to personnel at checkpoints.
A quick way to access the placard is to go to Ascent Church at 550 McCaslin Blvd. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Then, you must display it on the front dashboard of your vehicle.
Insurance adjusters need to either show ID at checkpoints or they can obtain a placard at Ascent Church.
The City of Louisville is reminding people going back into town that there are hazards and things they should remember. They include:
- Hot and/or hazardous materials
- Consider bringing personal equipment like masks and gloves
- Slow vehicle speeds and be alert to hazards such as weakened trees and structures
Be aware of ash pits, holes, sharp objects and areas that are still burning or smoldering in the structure. Snow may be covering hazards, including areas that are still hot. Be sure areas where you are stepping and reaching are safe to prevent injury.