13
Sep

Flood Closure Information and update from 11:23am

We are encouraging all residents of Longmont to stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel.  The National Guard will be assisting the Town of Lyons with evacuations to the Life Bridge Church on Highway 66.  The Life Bridge Church is located near Highway 66 and Gay St.  Please limit any use of Highway 66 to emergencies.

There is no north and south travel in Longmont.  The St. Vrain river has split the city and all north/south bridges are closed at the river.

Residents who work in public safety or are essential personnel in other cities and counties may leave or access the City of Longmont via Highway 66, east to I-25 or Highway 287 south to Highway 7 (Lafayette), east to I-25.   There is no travel to the west.  Boulder bound Highway 119 is closed between Hover Rd and Airport Road.  Longmont bound from Boulder on Highway 119 to south Longmont is open, but we are anticipating a closure.     

We are continuing to manage flood and other issues through our EOC.  We are receiving weather reports that rain is expected to subside today, but likely to increase on Saturday and Sunday.

I have attached an updated map from Longmont Power and Communications (LPC).  This map highlights the area with current power outages.  LPC is evaluating these outages and the safety of re-energizing the power to these area.  At this point, we have approximately 1300 homes without power.

Our drinking water supply is still safe.  We currently do not have any restrictions on use of drinking water and/or waste water.

The following evacuation centers have been established in Longmont.  For residents to the north, use the Memorial Building (Longs Peak Ave and Coffman St.)  This shelter is near capacity, but we will not turn you away.  Residents to the south, use Niwot High School (8989 E. Niwot Rd.).  Niwot High School still has capacity for residents.  Animals may be taken to the Longmont Humane Society.  Unfortunately, this will only be available to our residents on the south side of the city.  We are working on establishing north location.

Our call center is still in operation and can be reached at:  (303) 651-8595.  Please call the call center if you are trying to locate a family member.  We will have an up to date list for all evacuees at our evacuation centers.  Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.

As a final note:  We are very thankful for all the assistance we have received from the media, our city staff, the Greeley Police Department, the St. Vrain Valley Schools, the National Guard, and many others.  We have received a lot of food donations for Longmont staff, evacuation centers, etc.  We are very grateful for their support and generosity.

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