Tornadoes cause major damage in Berthoud

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Tornadoes caused severe damage near Longmont and Berthoud on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

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BERTHOUD, Colo. -- Residents in northern Colorado spent Friday assessing damage and cleaning after two tornadoes, strong thunderstorms hail and drenching rain ripped through the area Thursday night.

At least 25 homes between Longmont and Berthoud were damaged, with three of them destroyed, after the tornadoes touched down about 7 p.m. near the 2500 block of Blue Mountain Avenue. No injuries have been reported as the winds tore apart homes and rolled vehicles.

"We actually saw the tornado from our front porch and we wanted to see how our neighbors were doing," Jill Emerson said. "Really quite amazing. We were just hanging in there. So much rain it's unbelievable. The flood of '13 was incredible, but now this. The weather has been crazy."

If residents have damage due to Thursday night's storm, they're asked to visit the Assessor's Office website for instructions and information. Additionally, the American Red Cross can assist with assessment of personal needs and referrals to programs, 303-235-6636.

A Berthoud Disaster Fund has been established at HelpColoradoNow.org.

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Torrential rain

Seven inches of rain fell east of Lyons, which was hard hit by the floods of September 2013 and most of the damage to residences occurred in Larimer County. Boulder County officials said South Boulder Creek was pushed but remained in its banks.

In Longmont, roads were closed and flooding was a concern after the storm. At one of the hardest-hit homes, a horse trailer was flipped into the air and landed upside down stuck next to a tree.

The damage was extensive in Boulder and Larmier counties with roofs ripped off homes and barns, and debris littered across the landscape. It likely will take weeks if not months to clean up the damage.

Roads were closed in the Longmont area because of the storm, including Hygiene Road from North Foothills to 61st Street; North 75th Street at Coyote Trail; and North County Line Road at North 95th Street.

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In Weld County, public work crews are working on minor road damage. The Little Thompson River is running high near Milliken and debris is being removed that built up against the bridge on Weld County Road 19 between Milliken and Johnstown.

County officials said the most affected areas are Highway 66 to Highway 56 from Mead to Berthoud, and Weld County Road 1 to Weld County Road 19 (Erie, Dacono, Frederick, Firestone and Longmont areas).

The forecast doesn't look much better with another round of strong storms developing around midday Friday. The biggest threat will be hail, but high winds or an isolated tornado are also possible. Temperatures will only reach the mid-70s.

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