GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – Several roads and trails have been closed along the Cache La Poudre River because of flooding. That river is close to flood stage and that has people living nearby worried.
Barricades are out long 71st Avenue and a caution sign is up. It’s just one of many in the area.
“We just piled up sandbags and the next day it was all inside the house,” Greeley resident Silvia Gonzalez said.
It was just last fall when high waters from the Poudre River flooded Gonzalez’s home. To fix all the damage she and her family so far have invested $10,000.
“The sheet rock and the floors; he replaced all the floors,” Gonzalez said.
As family members work to restore the final room that was flooded, mountain snowmelt runoff called for a flood warning on Sunday.
“It’s scary. I’m scared every day,” Gonzalez said.
Now she fears the fury of the rising river that’s less than 100 feet from the home that’s been in her family for generations.
“We would lose everything,” Gonzalez said. “All the hard work we’ve put into fixing the house is just going to be for nothing. I’m worried the water’s going to come back and just ruin everything again.”
Just outside of town caution signs prevent drivers from standing water that has creeped ever closer to road’s edge. Flooded field water has risen above fence lines and over banks. Even an oil well is submerged.
“You know, we’re just praying. Praying that the water recedes and that it doesn’t come over the banks like it did last year,” Gonzalez said.
The flood warning in Greeley is in effect until Wednesday morning.
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