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Larimer County flood updates: Flash Flood Warning issued around Cameron Peak burn scar

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — UPDATE (Saturday, 5:37 p.m.): Voluntary evacuations have been lifted, County Road 43 is reopened but Streamside Drive will remain closed at CR 43. Officials said the condition of Streamside Drive and roads coming off of it are hazardous and impassable in areas.

UPDATE (Saturday, 3:23 p.m.): Flash flooding has expanded throughout Larimer County and officials are warning anyone living along a creek, stream or river in the Cameron Peak burn area should use extreme caution. The warning has been extended until 4:45 p.m.

UPDATE (Saturday, 3:10 p.m.): The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services issued a 911 message about dangerous flooding occurring in The Retreat subdivision in Glen Haven to include: lower Streamside Drive, Corner Court, Black Creek Drive, Copper Hill Road, Saddle Court, Fishermans Lane, Sheep Lane, and Miller Fork Road from Copper Hill Road to Bulwark Ridge Drive in Glen Haven.

County Road 43 is being closed from Drake to the switchbacks by Glen Haven.

UPDATE (Saturday, 2:50 p.m.): The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for the north/northwestern portion of the Cameron Peak burn scar including Rustic, Glen Haven, Pennock Pass and Drake until 4:15 p.m. Parts of Highway 14 are included in the warning area.

UPDATE (1 p.m., Saturday): Officials say they are keeping the flooding area of County Road 44H from Pennock Pass to County Road 27 as voluntary evacuations.

County Road 44H is passable at this time for evacuations only. Residents who have not evacuated voluntarily are encouraged to plan accordingly.

Roadblocks are still in place at County Road 44H and County Road 27 and County Road 44H and County Road 63E. Travel is still hazardous and resource workers are working in the area, so use caution.

UPDATE (12:17 a.m.) Heavy rain in the Cameron Peak Fire burn scar started about 3:30 p.m. and has now subsided.

Current road closures: County Road 44H between County Road 27 and Pennock Pass

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said there are no other closures or evacuations, but there could be more heavy rains in the burn area. They said those near the river, creeks, ditches or drainages to “please remain vigilant.”

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said they and the Office of Emergency Management will resume assessments Saturday at 7 a.m.

UPDATE (9:01 p.m.) The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office lifted voluntary evacuations along Highway 14 from mile markers 80-92 and reopened the highway.

The Sheriff’s Office also downgraded County Road 44H evacuations to voluntary for County Road 44H from Pennock Pass to County Road 27.

Many areas of the CR 44H are impassable, and roadblocks are still in place at its intersections with CR 27 and CR 63E, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials also downgraded to voluntary evacuations for the Retreat subdivision in Glen Haven.

They advised that travel to the area may be hazardous and urged caution. Weather patterns are expected to continue on Saturday.

UPDATE (7:00 p.m.): An American Red Cross evacuation center has been set up at Foundations Church, 1380 N Denver Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537.

UPDATE (6:01 p.m.): Colorado State Patrol said not to travel on US 34 west of Loveland.

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office sent emergency messages about flooding in Glen Haven and around the Cameron Peak burn scar. County Road 44H is washed out about six miles west of County Road 27. Residents in the Retreat subdivision are advised to evacuate to higher ground immediately.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Larimer County until 4:15 p.m. on Friday. Around 2 p.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation issued a safety closure for Highway 14 from Larimer County Road 103 (MilePoint 80) to Rustic (MP 92). 

Voluntary evacuations were issued for the area of Highway 14 from Shady Rest Lane east to Indian Meadows by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 2 p.m.

The Larimer County Emergency service said 1 – 1.5 inches of rain has fallen with another 1.5 – 2.5 inches possible.

Rocky Mountain National Park posted an alert of possible flash flooding in the park for Friday and Saturday, advising visitors to plan ahead. Park officials recommend travelers check forecast and webcams ahead of their visit.

Flash flooding in Poudre Canyon killed three people last week and one remains missing. The deluge wiped out several homes and structures.

The Cache La Poudre River and the area around Highway 14 that experienced devastating flooding on July 20 shut down roads and created evacuations for several days after heavy rain fell on the Cameron Peak burn scar.

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