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NOAA: Boulder IS the windy city

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Overheard in a local eatery: “I’d rather have two feet of snow than all this wind. This is driving me mad.”

Everything you have wanted to know about high winds in Boulder, and then some.

In a nut shell:  In 42 years worth of data, 175 days recorded winds of 70 m.p.h. or greater. Eighty six of these occurred in December and January. The highest wind gust recorded was 137 m.p.h. on Jan. 16-17, 1982, with 20 gusts of greater than 120 m. p. h. Forty percent of all Boulder buildings sustained damage. Most of the highest winds were in south Boulder.

The highest wind recorded in the Boulder area was 137 mph

The highest wind recorded in the Boulder area was 137 mph

 

Boulder has some of the highest peak winds of any city in the US. 

 

For data and tables, go to:

http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/boulder/wind.html

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Another armed robbery, same suspect?

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Monday, December 30, 2013

BOULDER COUNTY-On December 29, 2013 at approximately 7:35 p.m. The Short Stop gas station located at 1595 55th Street in Boulder County was robbed.  The station clerk reported a male displayed a gun, which he had in his waistband, and demanded money before leaving the area.

The suspect is described as a Latin male approximately 5’8-5’10 with  a “scrawny build”. He wore a gray beanie hat with an orange decal or writing on one side that may have been a Denver Broncos logo or emblem. He had a dark gray jacket with a black inside or liner and blue jeans. The jeans were held on by a black belt and his jeans were sagging quite a bit. He had a tattoo on his abdomen that appeared to be old English writing.

He was driving a dark colored older model 2-door Chevrolet blazer with duct tape on the rear passenger wing window and left driving southbound on 55th Street from Arapahoe Road.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brian Jones at 303-441-1681 and refer to case number 13-6916.

Commander Heidi Prentup
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
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Debris removal for the plains Begins Dec. 9

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Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County has contracted with a debris removal company to begin roadside pickup of flood debris in the plains of unincorporated Boulder County. We are asking residents to follow the guidelines listed below in order to help this project progress as efficiently as possible.

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What: Removal of flood-related household debris, woody debris (vegetation), and mud, silt etc. from homes

When: Beginning the week of Dec. 9

Where: Removal trucks will collect debris from all county-maintained roadways (no municipal or CDOT roads) in the plains (east of U.S. 36 and Hwy 93)

 

Guidelines:

  • Debris piles should be 3ft from the side of the roadway to allow for any snow removal operations
  • Do not block the roadway, waterways or any culverts with debris
  • In order to follow state laws, and to allow for composting operations, please separate debris into 4 piles:
    • General household debris
    • Electronics, appliances and household hazardous waste
    • Woody debris (vegetation)
    • Mud, silt, sand and rock
  • Please have all eligible debris to the roadside by Dec. 9

 

The debris haulers have a potential reach of about 8ft from the edge of the road lane; for that reason, debris piles should be as close to the 3ft boundary along the road as possible so it can be reached and collected.

 

If time and weather permit debris collection trucks may make multiple trips up and down roads.  However, we encourage residents to move debris to the road as soon as possible. There is no harm in leaving a debris pile near the roadway for a week or more before the truck makes it to your area.

 

Please remember to be cautious when driving while these large debris haulers are on the road. There will be signage and flaggers warning of the presence of the trucks, but slower speeds and heightened awareness will help lessen any problems on the tight mountain curves.

 

For any questions about debris pickup in the plains, please contact Resource Conservation at 720-564-2222 ordebrisresponseteam@bouldercounty.org.

 

-BoulderCountyFlood.org-

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Couple robbed at gunpoint on Flagstaff

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On Saturday, 11/16/13, at 9:44 PM, Boulder County Communications received a report of an armed robbery on Flagstaff Summit Road, about ¼-mile above Flagstaff Road, within Boulder County, Colorado.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and found two victims, a male and female couple, who reported that they had parked at the Realization Point Trailhead and began hiking up Flagstaff Summit Road toward the Flagstaff Amphitheater.

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They stopped briefly at an overlook, where two males approached them.  One of the males, described as about 6 feet tall and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, shined a bright flashlight at them and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at them.

The other male, described as about 5’8” tall and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, ordered the couple to place all of their belongings on the ground.  The male then picked up their belongings, and both suspects ran back down toward the trailhead.

The victims remained where they were, and saw an unknown description vehicle driving down Flagstaff Road. The victims recalled that when they parked at the trailhead, a silver possibly Toyota SUV was also parked there, which had since left.  After a few minutes, the victims contacted another couple who were hiking down Flagstaff Summit Road, and used one of their cell phones to call 911.

Anyone with any information pertinent to this case is asked to contact the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at (303) 441-4444.

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Mountain Community Debris Removal Beginning Nov. 4

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Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is contracting with a removal company to begin roadside pickup of flood debris in the mountain communities. This is a large project that will span several weeks, and will depend on weather conditions and impending snow. We are asking residents to follow the guidelines listed below in order to help this project progress as efficiently as possible in the limited time we have before major snow falls limit our access even further.

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What: Removal of household debris, woody debris (vegetation), and mud, silt etc.

When: Beginning the week of Nov. 4

Where: Removal trucks will drive down all accessible, county maintained mountain roads which are west of Hwy 36 and Hwy 93

Guidelines:

  • Debris piles should be 3ft from the side of the roadway to allow for any snow removal operations
  • Do not block the roadway, waterways or any culverts with debris
  • Debris removal vehicles will only be able to access existing, county maintained, accessible roads at this time; unmaintained Jeep roads will not be serviced
  • In order to follow state laws, and to allow for composting operations, please separate debris into 4 piles:
    • General household debris
    • Electronics and appliances
    • Woody debris (vegetation)
    • Mud, silt, sand and rock

 

The debris haulers have a potential reach of about 8ft from the edge of the road lane; for that reason, debris piles should be as close to the 3ft boundary along the road as possible so it can be reached and collected.

 

If time and weather permit debris collection trucks may make multiple trips up and down roads.  However, we encourage residents to move debris to the road as soon as possible. There is no harm in leaving a debris pile near the roadway for a week or more before the truck makes it to your area.

 

If your property is on the other side of the creek from a major roadway, and you have no way of transporting debris to the accessible roadway, please do not push debris piles down into the creek. Any excess debris in the creeks can potentially cause more flooding downstream during normal spring runoff.

 

Please remember to be cautious when driving while these large debris haulers are on the road. There will be signage and flaggers warning of the presence of the trucks, but slower speeds and heightened awareness will help lessen any problems on the tight mountain curves.

 

Boulder County will issue a notification when the debris pickup project is coming to a close and ask residents to assemble any final debris piles before service is concluded.

 

For any questions about debris pickup in the mountain communities, please contact ReSource Conservation at 720-564-2220 or resourceconservation@bouldercounty.org.

 

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Stranger approaches provoke police warning

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Recently, parents have reported that a male in a white SUV has approached children and at least one adult in a large geographic area in Boulder, which includes the area of the 2200 block of Balsam, the 400 block of Highland and the 2000 block of Alpine Avenue.

 

No one has been able to provide a concrete description of the SUV or the possible suspect, and the people approached are both males and females from 7-to-20 years old. One of those who reported being contacted by the male says she was offered a ride and ran away. Others say a white SUV approached them but that the person driving it didn’t speak to them. An adult who noticed a white SUV told police that a man was sleeping inside it.

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Descriptions of the suspect vary; police were told he was 30-to-60 years old; that he had white hair or salt-and-pepper hair and that he had a full beard or was clean-shaven; that he wore glasses and that he didn’t wear glasses. The SUV descriptions differ as well.

 

Neighbors shared an informational email in an effort to inform each other about the incidents, and detectives have investigated all the reports.

 

Police offer some tips for keeping kids safe:

 

  • Tell your kids to walk with others and stay in well-lit areas
  • Always supervise younger children, even in groups
  • Tell your kids to never, ever get into a car with a stranger
  • Let your child know you will never send an unknown adult to pick them up – ever
  • If a stranger does approach your child, your child should RUN, YELL and REPORT the stranger to a trusted adult. It’s not appropriate for adults to approach children.

Here are some ploys strangers may use:

 

  • Asks for help finding a lost pet
  • Invites the child to a car to see a new puppy
  • Offers candy, toys or food
  • Asks for directions
  • Offers a ride

Police remind people to call 9-1-1 if they are in a situation which they feel is unsafe, or if they notice a situation involving someone else.

 

The Boulder Police Department will keep the public apprised of any developments or public safety issues which arise.

 

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County officials want mountain driving restraint

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 Visitors and plains residents are requested to curtail recreation in the mountains this fall

 

Clarification:

 

Mountain residents are asked to minimize trips into and out of damaged areas, and visitors and plains residents are requested to curtail recreation in the mountain area between U.S. 36 and SH 72 this fall (travel is allowed along P2P Highway north to south)

 

Visitors can access the Town of Estes Park in Larimer County along Peak to Peak Highway (SH 72) – we’re just asking that visitors not try to venture east or west of P2P in Boulder County along roads that are closed to public access

 

 

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County officials have made it an immediate priority to repair and reconstruct county roads and bridges damaged in the flood. The county sustained an enormous amount of damage to its roadway infrastructure, and in some places, experienced complete destruction of critical routes in the foothills and mountains. Initial estimates for repairs top $100 million.

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Boulder County road maintenance crews have been working on clearing, evaluating structural integrity and public safety, and repairing county roads since the beginning of the historic flooding event. Utility companies have also been active since the start working to restore electric, gas, phone, water and other basic services. Given the current status of the roads, county public safety and transportation officials are urging residents to minimize – and visitors to curtail completely – their use of mountain roads within Boulder County.

 

 

(Video: Boulder County “Be a Good Neighbor” Public Safety & Road Infrastructure message)

 

“We kindly ask that people stay out of the foothills and mountain areas from Foothills Highway to Peak to Peak this fall for recreational purposes while our county, state and federal partners work to restore access to all of our valued mountain communities,” said Boulder County Commissioner Cindy Domenico. “Right now we need our residents and visitors to access our central mountain communities only for essential purposes and to give room to our road crews and law enforcement officials to do their jobs.”

 

“We want residents and visitors to recognize that Boulder County is hard at work to reestablish our infrastructure and reconnect residents to their communities and their homes,” said Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle. “The county has teamed with cities and towns, the state, other nearby counties and private contractors to help with this massive undertaking. Crews are working as quickly as we can to put in place at least temporary fixes by winter, knowing that cold weather and snow will only compound problems with damaged roads.”

 

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that all recreation and unnecessary trips into the foothills and mountains of Boulder County be curtailed until critical roads, including Boulder Canyon and U.S. 36 west of Lyons, can be opened to the general public. (View video)

 

“The road issues are more than a mere inconvenience,” said Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle. “Everyone working at the county understands that the lack of access and the lengthy process to restore it will change lives, and we are focused on returning a sense of normalcy to lives that have been changed forever in some cases.”

 

County officials have asked that vehicles, bikes and pedestrians stay out of the damaged areas while road and emergency crews, utilities and local residents work to restore basic infrastructure and access to their homes.

 

“People who want to recreate in the mountains or go see the destruction will actually hamper access for emergency responders, utility workers, and mountain residents who absolutely need the access,” Pelle said. “For that reason we’re asking people who don’t have to go to the mountains to stay away and to understand that this is a very long term problem.”

 

“It is incredibly difficult to rebuild roads with people on them, so please avoid the mountain roads unless absolutely necessary, and minimize even residential trips to keep roads clear for heavy equipment and emergency vehicles,” Gerstle added. “It is difficult and takes much longer for the crews to fix a road with traffic on it. The fewer people using the road, the faster we can get the work done.”

 

Another important recovery aspect for many residents is the status of county open space parks and trails.

 

“Our staff has been assessing damage and working to repair trails as quickly as possible, but there are many parks and trails that may be closed for a significant duration as these areas have experienced extreme damage and the trails are unsafe,” said Boulder County Parks & Open Space Director Ron Stewart.

 

In addition, the U.S. Forest Service in Boulder County has closed its lands for all recreational purposes (i.e., camping, hiking, hunting, etc.) by executive order until further notice.

 

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Flood update: More road and street closures Sept. 14, 6 p.m.

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Evac. order lifted, parks closed, campus closed till Monday, waste disposal lags

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This page displays all public information that has been released about emergencies occurring in our community.

We are committed to posting updates as soon as new and verified details become available. The information is displayed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent updates at the top. If you are keeping this page up, PLEASE REFRESH PERIODICALLY FOR THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION.

 

9-14-13 5:11 p.m. Debris and Waste Disposal

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Boulder County residents’ ability to dispose, recycle, or compost flood debris and household waste may be limited in the coming days. Boulder County is actively working with local municipalities, waste haulers, recycling providers, and other waste management organizations to proactively identify facilities and services to help residents manage their flood debris and household waste. Residents should continue to use their waste hauler-provided collection containers, to the extent possible. Bulky debris should be stored on the property (not in roadways or sidewalks) and preferably in a garage or covered area.

Visit www.bouldercounty.org/dept/publichealth/pages/debris.aspx for information about debris and waste cleanup, including how to separate items and proper safety precautions to follow.

Flood damages another Boulder County road

Flood damages another Boulder County road

9-14-2013 4:30 p.m. Updated Road Closure Information

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All Boulder County residents are asked to take precautions when driving on area roads. Driving conditions are dangerous and roads are impassable in many areas.

Please don’t drive unless absolutely necessary and avoid driving through floodwaters.

The list and map of Boulder County road closures are not all-inclusive and the accuracy of the information cannot be guaranteed. Due to rapidly changing weather conditions and unpredictable floodwaters, all road closures are subject to change at any time.

  • Hwy 7 at Mile Marker 24
  • Co Rd. 7 from Middle Fork to Plateau
  • 7th St and Pleasant
  • 36 Hwy at Neva – Neva to Lyons
  • 36 Hwy from Lyons into Larimer County
  • 39th from Ogallala to Plateau
  • 39th from Neva to Nebo
  • 41st and Oxford
  • 47th Street between Independence and Woodbourne Hollow
  • 55th Street at Cypress Drive
  • 57th at Indigo to Jay
  • 63rd from Bluebird to Modina
  • 63rd from Jay to Valmont
  • 63rd/61st from Jay Rd. to Valmont
  • Hwy 66 at N. 75th to Lyons
  • 71st NB & SB from Lookout to Winchester Circle
  • Hwy 72 from Skyline to Blue Mountain
  • 75th North of Nelson at Coyote Trail
  • N. 75th from St. Vrain/Arapahoe to Hygiene/Baseline
  • 83rd at Yellowstone
  • 83rd N. Countyline Rd to Yellowstone Rd
  • N. 95 from Valmont to Lookout
  • N. 109th from Lookout to Jasper
  • 115th from Kenosha to Jasper
  • 119 Westbound at Arapahoe
  • S. 120th from Commerce to West S. Boulder
  • S. 120th at Dillon
  • SH-157 from Hwy 36 to Pearl
  • Hwy 287 from Ken Pratt to Boston Ave.
  • 444 James and Canyon
  • Airport from St. Vrain to 9th Ave.
  • Arapahoe from 19th to 20th
  • Baseline Eastbound at 55th
  • Baseline Westbound – from 500 block west
  • Baseline – Emergency Vehicles Only Grant Road to the canyon
  • Boulder Canyon Drive from Canyon Blvd. to Nederland
  • Bow Mountain from Wagon Wheel to Pinebrook
  • Coal Creek at Canyon Drive and Hwy 93
  • College NB from 7th
  • E. Countyline Road from Niwot to Hwy 52
  • Crane Hollow from Hygiene to St. Vrain Rd
  • Cypress Drive at 55th (bridge is out)
  • Empire Drive at SH42
  • Even G Fine Foot Bridge Westbound – Closed at bridge
  • Foothills from Eldorado Springs Drive to Greenbriar
  • Foothills and Crestview – Bridge Damaged/Out
  • Foothills from Lefthand Canyon to Neva
  • Fourmile Canyon from Boulder Canyon north to Poorman
  • Geer Canyon Road from Lefthand Canyon to Heil Ranch
  • Golf Club and Pebble Beach
  • Glacier View N. 71st to end of road
  • Horizon Ave. from Majestic to Panarama
  • Hygiene from 75th to Crane Hollow
  • Hygiene from 75th to Foothills Hwy
  • Lee Hill – Westbound at Broadway to the end
  • Lefthand Canyon at Geer Canyon Dr
  • Lefthand Canyon from Foothills Hwy to Peak to Peak
  • Lefthand Canyon Rd at Lee Hill
  • Linden Westbound at Wonderland
  • Logan Mill at Fourmile to the end
  • Lookout Rd. from 109th to 115th
  • S. Main and County Line Rd Erie
  • Millionaire Drive at Sugarloaf
  • Neva at Hwy 36
  • Sawmill from Lefthand to Gold Hill
  • Spring Valley – North of bike path
  • Spring Valley at Linden
  • Sunset St. from Boston to Donavan
  • Table Mesa at East Bound Lehigh to Ithaca
  • Ute Hwy from 75th to McCall
  • Violet – Broadway to 19th
  • Wagon Wheel Gap at Lee Hill to the end of the road

9-14-13 4:05 p.m. University of Colorado at Boulder campus closure extended through Sunday, Sept. 15

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The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) campus closure has been extended through Sunday, Sept. 15. While there has been a break in the weather, intermittent rain is expected from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening. Due to high creek levels and saturated soils, any rainfall could quickly create flash flood conditions again. It is essential that the campus community stay on alert and continue to avoid all creeks and flooded areas.

While preparations are being made to open Monday, campus leaders are monitoring the weather forecasts and the condition of grounds, buildings, faculty and staff availability, transportation and road conditions, and will make a decision on reopening Sunday afternoon. Watch for updates at alerts.colorado.edu, follow @cuboulder, and watch for CU Alerts.

9-14-2013 Message to Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District Residents

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We know this has been a difficult situation for all of you, and we would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding.  Please be assured that we are working as hard as we can to restore road access, utilities and some semblance of normal life to all of you.  Many of our volunteer firefighters have had less than 6 hours of sleep since this disaster began, and county-wide and state-wide resources are stretched extremely thin.  Our first priority is always life safety, and we are just now beginning to get on top of the backlog of extreme danger situations.  What you can see from you home and/or media reports is the only the tip of the iceberg, as the most severe problems are in inaccessible locations.

Conditions have been changing extremely rapidly throughout this incident and continue to change.  It has thus been very difficult to send out communications to you all that we have any confidence is accurate. Here is what we know right now, but please be advised that this can change with no notice. We continue to have new landslides and road collapses, so please be patient if conditions are different than what you have been told.

  1. Emergency egress from Boulder Heights, Carriage Hills, Valley Lane, Wagon Wheel Gap, and Bow Mountain Road is not possible via any route at this time.  If you have a life safety emergency, call 911 and we will try to get to you to help.  Many of our firefighters are trapped inside the road collapses and have been working since this began to address issues in their area.
  2. Emergency egress from North Cedarbrook and any of the roads that feeds is not possible due to a severe road collapse.  This is a major road problem that we anticipate taking many days to repair, so we are working on alternative evacuation plans for this area.
  3. Emergency egress from other areas of Pine Brook Hills is now possible via Linden Drive only.  The most extreme road conditions are near the bottom of the hill, and we have just completed improving the road enough that we anticipate being able to allow vehicular egress for passenger cars in the morning.  Do not evacuate until it is light, however.
  4. The Bristlecone evacuation route to Sunshine Canyon that was in use this morning is now completely blocked due to a major road collapse.
  5. Law enforcement is enforcing a complete roadblock on all roads leading into the district, so if you choose to evacuate, you will not be allowed to re-enter the district.  There are no exceptions to this policy until further notice, and staff manning the roadblocks have no authority to over-ride this order.
  6. The Pine Brook Water District is still operating and the water is safe to drink at this time.  Press reports of problems with the dam are incorrect – there is not any problem with the dam and there never has been.  There was a problem with a dam in Pinewood Springs, and this resulted in some incorrect reporting.
  7. Xcel Energy crews are working to restore power in all areas, and have been able to turn a few areas back on already.  We have numerous gas line ruptures and/or leaks, so gas service restoral will likey take longer.
  8. While we are putting major efforts into restoring road access, we are also making backup plans to bring in food supplies and/or evacuate by alternate means, including the helicopters you have seen in the air today.

Thanks again for your understanding and remember that this information is subject to change with no notice.

Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District

9-14-13 2:22 p.m. City lifts official evacuation order; temporarily closes impacted city parks due to hazards

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The City of Boulder is lifting the evacuation order it gave for residents in homes from the mouth of the Canyon to Broadway and from Pearl to Marine streets. There is a possibility of more rain later today and tomorrow, so returning residents are asked to remain alert and stay tuned for additional instructions, should they become necessary.

At noon on Saturday, Sept. 14, City Manager Jane Brautigam signed an emergency rule that prohibits any person from entering specific parks in the Boulder city limits. These parks have been severely impacted by torrential rains and flooding and are currently unsafe for public use. The park closures listed below will remain in effect until further notice to prevent additional damage to the park properties.

Visit http://ow.ly/oS78v for a complete list of full and partial park closures in the City of Boulder.

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BOULDER FLOOD WARNING SIRENS WERE ACTIVATED AT 9:58.

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EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER OPENED AND POSTED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE:

City of Boulder Public Information Officers are headed to the city-county Emergency Operations Center to respond to media inquiries. They are expected to be able to take calls at the media line by 10 p.m. The phone number there is 720-564-2935.

 

The most important message to share at the moment is that there is street flooding occurring in parts of the city and in eastern Boulder County. Motorists should avoid driving through flooded areas. Individuals are also urged to stay away from waterways, such as Boulder Creek. Thank you for your assistance in getting this information out to the public.

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