GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – As the overflowing South Platte River heads east it’s devastating communities in Weld County.
Greeley, Milliken and Evans are seeing unbelievable flooding. In one area of Weld County mobile homes were piled up in deep water. Fortunately it was salvage yard. But nearby it’s a grim scene for one Greeley neighborhood with homes with water up to the roofs.
The only way around parts of Greeley is by boat with open space and farm fields now a swamp land.
As people fled some were forced to leave their animals behind. Copter4 spotted a herd of cows bunched together with water all around. On the same farm a lone horse was standing steady against the strong current.
The rescues continued into early Friday evening. A team approached a home with a raft and found a man in a canoe with the dogs he wouldn’t think of leaving behind. As the man and his best friends got a lift another flood victim rode to safety aboard his boat through neck deep water.
For some, it’s the ride home that’s treacherous. One person was spotted driving a pickup through water splashing up over the tires. The resident arrived at a home that now sits on an island, incredibly untouched by the historic flood waters all around.
On Saturday it was announced that two towns on the plains east of Greeley, Goodrich and Orchard, were ordered to evacuate because they are located close to three large reservoirs.
Colorado Floods: How To Help
The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.