JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Numerous canals continued to overflow throughout Jefferson County Friday morning, causing road closures from Arvada to Evergreen.
Residents living in the area downstream from Leyden dam received notifications to evacuate Thursday night, including the borders from 82nd to 66th and Alkire to McIntyre. A shelter was established at Arvada High School.
Arvada Police also urged drivers to avoid 80th Avenue from Kipling to Hoyt after Farmers Highline Canal started flowing down the street Friday morning.
Road barricades were placed at Indiana and Alkire roads in Arvada, and many roads were damaged by flooding.
The city intentionally released water along western Arvada’s Croke Canal in order to avoid a breach in the area. Authorities announced they will also be releasing water from Tucker Lake and Ralston Reservoir due to excess water. Arvada resident Mathew posted this video of flooding at Ralston Creek at Virgil Way:
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According to those living in the area, the Evergreen Lake has reportedly overflown towards downtown Evergreen. Officials said downtown Evergreen has been closed due to flooding on Highway 74.
Police said to watch for debris in road and along the banks of Bear Creek and near the bridge at Forest Hill Road. According to CDOT, Highway 74 has been closed from Kittredge to downtown Evergreen.
There was also a broken gas line reported in the 6800 block of Brook Forest Road in Evergreen, which has been shut down at Highway 7.