The Latest Flooding News From Around Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Go ahead and flush the toilet after the no-flush order in Evans has been lifted. The order lasted eight days. Now most residents and businesses can use all their facilities without restriction.
There are still a few neighborhoods in Evans under the ban.
The city of Boulder will begin evaluating flood damaged properties on Monday. Building inspectors will start in the areas most impacted by recent flooding. They will be checking for structural, mechanical and electrical damage.
Colorado oil and gas personnel are continuing to survey the oil spills in the aftermath of last week’s flooding. There are more than first thought. There are six known leaks that total more than 25,000 gallons of oil.
Oil surveyors are also tracking a dozen minor leaks that may signal damage to equipment. Those areas have been outfitted with booms to soak up the oil.
For Colorado Department of Transportation crews rebuilding damaged roads is a race against the clock. Copter4 flew over the massive rebuilding project going on. Crews are clearing out rubble on damaged highways and making way for new pavement and bridges.
CDOT is aiming to make the roads drivable and safe but it may be years before reconstruction is complete. CDOT wants to get every state highway re-established by Dec. 1.
CBS4 flew along with a National Guard tour Saturday morning. They surveyed some of the hardest hit areas, including standing water near Sterling and damage from the Big Thompson River near Estes Park. The river is running completely over Highway 36, making a new path.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife will come to Colorado in a couple of days to look at the flood damage. They are expected to arrive on Monday. The specifics of their trip has yet to be announced.
Friends and family gathered on Saturday to remember a couple who died just after the flooding began. Fast moving water swept Wesley Quinlan and Wiyanna Nelson away from a car. The memorial was held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. The two were remembered as being free spirits.
A Longmont school reopened this week and many students from Boulder will head back class on Monday, but those students will have problems getting to class because of road damage. The superintendent has asked the district to shuttle kids who live in the mountains to and from school.
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.