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Latest updates: Woman killed in flash flooding in Larimer County, 3 people missing

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — (Update: 4:48 p.m. Wednesday) Crews have recovered the body of a woman and continued work to locate two missing men, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies also identified another woman who is missing. Search operations are expected to resume on Thursday.

The coroner’s office will identify the woman found dead and determine her cause and manner of death.

The Poudre River remains closed until further notice, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Joint Information Center is set to close at 5 p.m. There are no plans to reopen the center unless the circumstances change.

How to stay on top of information:

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  • Visit nocoalert.org for the most current emergency information in Larimer County

Highway 14 reopens

(Update: 3:40 p.m. Wednesday) Colorado Highway 14 in Poudre Canyon reopened on Wednesday afternoon.

The road had been closed since flash floods tore through the area on Tuesday evening, causing rampant destruction.

Flash flood warning issued Wednesday

(Update: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday): A flash flood warning has been issued for the same part of the Cameron Peak Fire burn scar as Tuesday night. The warning is set to last through 4:30 p.m.

People missing, debris blocks Highway 14

(Update: 10:50 a.m. Wednesday): The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says a woman was found dead in the flood, and two other adults are confirmed missing. As search operations continue on Wednesday, emergency crews will be searching on foot and with drones. Divers will be attempting to recover the body of the deceased female and a passenger vehicle that is in the river.

(Update: 4:50 a.m. Wednesday): Flash flooding on Tuesday forced evacuations, caused road closures and destroyed property near Poudre Canyon.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith posted a statement early Wednesday morning saying there are three people unaccounted for in the Poudre Canyon around Black Hollow Road. One person was found dead in the area. Smith also said two people are missing from the area.

“We are working from reports of three unaccounted for persons from that area. We have located one deceased victim in the area, but were unable to recover the body tonight. Those operations will be resume tomorrow morning. We also believe there may be two more people still missing from today’s flooding,” Smith said.

The sheriff also reported several structures along Black Hollow Road were damaged or destroyed. The total of properties damaged or destroyed is unclear at this time.

A short distance west of Black Hollow Road, a significant amount of debris washed across Highway 14, blocking the road. CDOT is working to remove that debris.

“During this event, we evacuated the canyon, not knowing how this debris might impact persons and property downstream,” Smith said. “Mandatory evacuations were lifted later in the evening. However, forecasts for Wednesday include the possibility for similar weather in coming days. The risk of debris flow damage remains, and we caution any resident or visitors the canyon to remain vigilant.”

Update (Wednesday, 6:10 a.m.):

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse released a statement:

“My deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the victim, and keeping all of those impacted by the #PoudreCanyon flooding in my thoughts and prayers, including our first responders.”

Original story: Tuesday, July 20

Road closures

Highway 14 remains closed from Rustic to Cameron Pass because of excessive floods, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The road was expected to be closed at least until Wednesday morning.

Evacuation site

The American Red Cross of Northern Colorado was setting up an evacuation site at Cache La Poudre Middle School, 3315 W. County Rd. 54G, LaPorte.

Power outages

Poudre Valley REA said mudslides downed multiple miles of electric lines. There was no estimated time for restoration, they tweeted at 7:48 p.m.

PVREA tweeted at 9:40 p.m. that crews were working west of Rustic along Black Hollow Road and expected to restore power in some locations Tuesday night. But crews weren’t able to finish assessing damage Tuesday, as bridges were out and debris blocked river crossings.

For more information

The Larimer County Sheriff opened a Joint Information Center to help support the flooding incident in Poudre Canyon.

The information line is 970-980-2500.

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