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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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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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Latest from Boulder EOM on flood: Lefthand water, Boulder water, mountain routes closed

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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.

 

9-14-2013 Next Media Briefing Scheduled for 5:00pm

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The next media briefing is scheduled for 5 p.m. MST today . City and county officials along with the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team will be providing updates. This is instead of the 4:30 p.m. briefing that was announced this morning. We switched the time at the request of media outlets that plan to carry the conference live at 5 p.m.

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9-14-2013 11:00am Left Hand Water District Clarification

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There has been some confusion about the boil water advisory that was sent  out for the Left Hand Water district.  The advisory was for those served by the Left Hand Water district only, if you are served by Left Hand Water district you would pay your bill directly to them. City of Boulder, Gunbarrel, City of Longmont, Town of Lafayette, Eldorado Springs, and Town of Erie drinking water continues to be safe to drink. If your drinking water is purchased from the any of those districts, you do not have to boil it.

Some residents appear to have received the phone call from the Left Hand Water District to boil water. The phone call was sent to a geographic area, but there were some water customers included that are not served by the Left Hand Water district and some got the call inadvertently. Check your water bill to determine who your water provider is. If you are in an HOA or a multifamily or rental unit and your water bill is paid by the HOA or your landlord, ask them to confirm who provides your water. Visit lefthandwater.org and scroll down to the “District Service Clarification” section for more information.

The Town of Lyons still continue to be under a boil water advisory.

9-14-2013 9 a.m. Media Briefing Summary

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  • Emergency personnel are focusing on life safety search and rescue operations.
  • Lots of air support will be used throughout the day to evacuate people.
  • Numerous mountain roads are flooded, damaged and impassable, making rescue operations more challenging.
  • Transportation crews are working on repairing roads for rescue and evacuation efforts.
  • More than 200 people are unaccounted for, but necessarily missing. Emergency officials are working hard to collect an updated list of names from hospitals, shelters and evacuation sites.
  • Sunshine Canyon is the only access route to Nederland and is open to emergency vehicles only.
  • Approximately 50 people are still in Jamestown and law enforcement personnel are urging them to evacuate as it is not known when the roads will be repaired.
  • Officials are urging people to stay off the roads, especially in the mountains, to allow emergency personnel to do their job.
  • The children at the Cal-Wood Education Center will be rescued today.
  • Officials are still working on a plan for debris and trash removal. Please do not leave debris in streets as this may impede safety vehicles.
  • No immediate threat to drinking water in Boulder, Erie, Lafayette or Longmont. Please limit discretionary water usage, to the extent possible.
  • Stay out of floodwaters, which are contaminated and unsafe.

Thanks to all of the evacuation centers, federal partners and the community for all your continue patience and support.

9-14-13 8:50 a.m. City of Boulder Water is Safe to Drink

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City of Boulder drinking water continues to be safe to drink. If your drinking water is purchased from the City of Boulder, you do not have to boil it. Some residents appear to have received the phone call from the Left Hand Water District to boil water. The phone call was sent to a geographic area, but there are also City of Boulder water customers in that area and some got the call inadvertently. However, if you get your drinking water from the City of Boulder, you do NOT need to boil water. Check your water bill to determine who your water provider is. If you are in an HOA or a multifamily or rental unit and your water bill is paid by the HOA or your landlord, ask them to confirm who provides your water.

Visit lefthandwater.org and scroll down to the “District Service Clarification” section for more information.

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Flood updateI-25 closed, Lyons evacuation

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Emergency Status

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.

 

9-13-2013 10:00am Lyons Evacuation Update

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LifeBridge Church is staffing a public phone bank at 303-776-2927 to help Lyons evacuees reconnect with their family members. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE EVAC SITE UNLESS YOU ARE AN EVACUEE. The Public Call Center number for Boulder/Boulder County is still 303-413-7730. The National Guard will address details on Lyons evacuation at the 10 a.m. media briefing. If you are in immediate danger please call 9-1-1.

Lyons, We’re with you! Please hang in there.

9-13-2013 9:30am Closure of I-25

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The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed I-25 from Hwy 7 North of Denver to the Wyoming border because of flooding. Please continue to check road closures and conditions on this site and www.cotrip.org.

9-13-2013 Next Media Briefing Scheduled

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A media briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m. MST today . City of Boulder, Boulder County, CU Police Department, and National Guard officials will be available for a live briefing on flood response and recovery efforts in Boulder County.

9-13-2013 9:00am Town of Lyons Evacuation

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Because of flood waters and road damage there is no safe access in or out of Lyons. The Colorado National Guard is assisting with the voluntary evacuation of the Town of Lyons. Residents seeking to be evacuated will be transported with tactical vehicles to LifeBridge Church in North Longmont. We are asking people who are looking for family or friends in Lyons to not go to the evacuation site. Volunteers and staff will be taking names of evacuees as they arrive.  Starting at 9:30 today, LifeBridge Church will staff a public phone bank at 303-776-2927 to help Lyons evacuees reconnect with their family members.

9-13-2013 8:00am Road Closure Map Link Broken

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We apologize for the inconvience but the link for the road closure map isn’t working. We are in the process of repairing that link and will repost it once it is fixed.

Emergency Status

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.

 

9-13-2013 10:00am Lyons Evacuation Update

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LifeBridge Church is staffing a public phone bank at 303-776-2927 to help Lyons evacuees reconnect with their family members. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE EVAC SITE UNLESS YOU ARE AN EVACUEE. The Public Call Center number for Boulder/Boulder County is still 303-413-7730. The National Guard will address details on Lyons evacuation at the 10 a.m. media briefing. If you are in immediate danger please call 9-1-1.

Lyons, We’re with you! Please hang in there.

9-13-2013 9:30am Closure of I-25

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The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed I-25 from Hwy 7 North of Denver to the Wyoming border because of flooding. Please continue to check road closures and conditions on this site and www.cotrip.org.

9-13-2013 Next Media Briefing Scheduled

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A media briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m. MST today . City of Boulder, Boulder County, CU Police Department, and National Guard officials will be available for a live briefing on flood response and recovery efforts in Boulder County.

9-13-2013 9:00am Town of Lyons Evacuation

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Because of flood waters and road damage there is no safe access in or out of Lyons. The Colorado National Guard is assisting with the voluntary evacuation of the Town of Lyons. Residents seeking to be evacuated will be transported with tactical vehicles to LifeBridge Church in North Longmont. We are asking people who are looking for family or friends in Lyons to not go to the evacuation site. Volunteers and staff will be taking names of evacuees as they arrive.  Starting at 9:30 today, LifeBridge Church will staff a public phone bank at 303-776-2927 to help Lyons evacuees reconnect with their family members.

9-13-2013 8:00am Road Closure Map Link Broken

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We apologize for the inconvience but the link for the road closure map isn’t working. We are in the process of repairing that link and will repost it once it is fixed.

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Boulder flood news updated at 9:40 a.m.

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9-12-2013 09:40 a.m. Situation Updates

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Overview of updates from 9 a.m. Boulder County flooding press conference:

  • Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle requests that Boulder County residents stay inside and stay off the roads.
  • Some areas of mountain and foothills are “completely inaccessible,” although rescue teams are at the ready as soon as it is safe and possible to enter via emergency vehicles. We presently have seven 3-person vehicles capable of going through deep water and over heavy debris here or on the way to assist.
  • Helicopters ready for search and rescue but grounded due to weather conditions.
  • Sheriff Pelle: “This is not your ordinary day. It is not your ordinary disaster.”
  • Emergency officials are still in early stages of assessing damages to homes, roads, bridges etc.
  • Lyons currently isolated by flooding … Sewer plant, market damaged. Clean water cut off.
  • Two confirmed deaths: one in a structure in Jamestown, one in the 200 block of Linden in Boulder.
  • This storm is impacting every drainage in Boulder County from St. Vrain to Coal Creek Canyon.
  • U.S. 36 is out at Longmont Dam Road near Lyons.
  • Sheriff Pelle: “This event is not over. It’s far from over. It’s continuing to build.” … After initial surge of rain, debris builds. … In some places in mountains, there are reports of 10 ft. debris walls with 6-8 feet of water behind them.
  • Road and bridge crews hope to plow through Sunshine Canyon and reopen in a few hours. … That would be emergency crews’ first access to mountains since last night.
  • Even in eastern Boulder County, there are lost bridges , culverts and roadways. … Roads impassable, traffic lights out.
  • No evacuations ordered. It’s very dangerous to put people in their cars on the roads during flash flooding … They need to seek shelter and high ground. … More people are killed in cars in flash flooding than anyplace else.
  • Forecast suggests dangerous conditions will continue today tomorrow and the next day.
  • Sarah Huntley, City of Boulder: Boulder Creek running at 1,800 cubic feet per second, down from a peak of 3,200 cubic feet per second last night. Normal flow for this time of year is 200 cubic feet per second.
  • The City of Boulder and Boulder County officials are urging people to stay off the roads and away from all waterways. The conditions remain dangerouse and unpredictable.

9-12-13 9:45am Public Saftey Alert about the Water conditions

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Boulder County Public Health is asking everyone to stay out of the flood water. Even if it looks calm or clean do wade in, play in or go near the water. They water could contain sewage, bacteria, and debris.

9-12-2013 9:40am Volunteer Update

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We appreciate all offers for help from volunteers, but at this point we would like to direct everyone to donate cash to the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Please do not bring supplies
to fire stations, police, etc. Volunteers should not self-deploy because of safety issues. Stay tuned for ways to help.

9-12-2013 9 am Road Closure Update

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Road Closure Updates:

  • Sunshine Canyon Rd at Green Rock Dr
  • Hygiene Rd from North 75th to Foothills Highway
  • Broadway St at Iris
  • US 287 at E-470
  • Hwy 7 at MM24
  • North 75th from Hygiene Rd to St Vrain Rd
  • North 115th from Kenosha to Jaspe
  • Crane Hollow from Hygiene Rd to St Vrain Rd
  • 75th North of Nelson at Coyote Trail
  • Golf Club and Pebble Beach
  • 41st and Oxford Rd
  • 39th from Neva to Nebo
  • Lefthand Canyon from Foothills Hwy to Peak to Peak
  • North 83rd from North County Line Rd to Yellowstone Rd
  • Sunshine Canyon at Green Rock Dr
  • Foothills Hwy from Lefthand Canyon to Neva Rd
  • 63rd St from Bluebird to Modina
  • North 95th from Lookout Rd to Valmont
  • Hwy 72 from Skyline to Blue Mountain
  • Hwy 66 from North 75th St to Lyons
  • North Foothills and Crestview
  • Coal Creek Canyon Dr and Hwy 93
  • Boulder Canyon at the mouth of the Canyon
  • 63rd/61st from Jay Rd to Valmont
  • US 36 from Lyons into Larimer County

 

9-12-2013 Update on open evacuation centers

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Confirmed Open Shelters:
Boulder: YMCA of Boulder Valley, 2850 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
Jamestown: Jamestown Elementary School, 111 Mesa St, Jamestown, CO 80455
Longmont: Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave  Longmont, CO 80501
Lyons: Lyons Elementary School, 338 High St  Lyons, CO 80540
Nederland: Nederland Community Center, 750 Colorado 72 N. , Nederland, CO 80466

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Emergency Status

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.

 

9-12-2013 9 am Road Closure Update

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Road Closure Updates:

  • North 75th from Hygiene Rd to St Vrain Rd
  • North 115th from Kenosha to Jaspe
  • Crane Hollow from Hygiene Rd to St Vrain Rd
  • 75th North of Nelson at Coyote Trail
  • Golf Club and Pebble Beach
  • 41st and Oxford Rd
  • 39th from Neva to Nebo
  • Lefthand Canyon from Foothills Hwy to Peak to Peak
  • North 83rd from North County Line Rd to Yellowstone Rd
  • Sunshine Canyon at Green Rock Dr
  • Foothills Hwy from Lefthand Canyon to Neva Rd
  • 63rd St from Bluebird to Modina
  • North 95th from Lookout Rd to Valmont
  • Hwy 72 from Skyline to Blue Mountain
  • Hwy 66 from North 75th St to Lyons
  • North Foothills and Crestview
  • Coal Creek Canyon Dr and Hwy 93
  • Boulder Canyon at the mouth of the Canyon
  • 63rd/61st from Jay Rd to Valmont
  • US 36 from Lyons into Larimer County

 

9-12-2013 Update on open evacuation centers

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Confirmed Open Shelters:
Boulder: YMCA of Boulder Valley, 2850 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
Jamestown: Jamestown Elementary School, 111 Mesa St, Jamestown, CO 80455
Longmont: Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave  Longmont, CO 80501
Lyons: Lyons Elementary School, 338 High St  Lyons, CO 80540
Nederland: Nederland Community Center, 750 Colorado 72 N. , Nederland, CO 80466

9-12-2013 9 a.m. Media Press Conference

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Media press conference scheduled for 9 a.m. City of Boulder and Boulder County officials will be available for a live briefing on the flooding situation throughout Boulder County. Please tune to radio, web or TV news coverage for information. Boulder County Sheriff Office and City Manager Jane Brautigam will address area residentsw.

Update on Dillon Rd and 287

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Public safety crews responded to submerged vehicles on Dillon Road 0.2 miles east of 287. When they arrived, they discovered a culvert had washed out and three cars were under water. One vehicle was upside down. North Metro Fire pulled three individuals out of the upside down vehicle. They were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The occupants of the other vehicles had already managed to escape the water. Motorists are reminded that conditions remain dangerous throughout the region. Do not get in a car and drive unless absolutely necessary.

Lyons, Longmont, North County Residents New Evacuation Center

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The evacuation center at the Memorial Building in Longmont is beginning to fill up. A new emergency evacuation center has opened at Silver Creek High School at 4901 Nelson Road in Longmont.

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Flagstaff Fire Boulder "live TV" Day 1

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Jann Scott and Boulder Channel 1 spend 30 minutes at the staging area at FairView High looking at fire, air tankers and talking with folks on the scene.

June 26 — Flagstaff Fire 9 p.m. update
Update:
Only 26 homes have been evacuated near Bison Drive and Kossler Lake.
A total of 2,416 reverse notifications have been sent to people in and around the affected area.
Three helicopters and two tanker planes were working the fire until sunset.
About 100 firefighters are on the ground doing structure protection through the night.
The fire is burning in upper Skunk Canyon. just west of the NIST/NOAA campus, and expected to produce smoke in Boulder through the night.
A Federal Type 1 team is expected to take over management of the fire on Wednesday.
All Pets Animal Hospital, 5290 Manhattan Circle, 303-499-5335, is open 24 hours and is accepting small animals. In the case of an evacuation, small animals can be dropped off at All Pets if their owners are unable to take them with them in the case of an evacuation.
No structures are threatened at this time.
There are no reported injuries and there is zero percent containment of the approximately 300 acre fire.

June 26 – 9 p.m. – Fire is burning on City of Boulder Open Space
#FlagstaffFire is burning in Upper Skunk Canyon, just west of NIST/NOAA, and expected to produce smoke in Boulder through the night. Only the original 26 homes that were evacuated near Bison Drive have been evacuated. A remaining 2,416 notifications were sent out to city residents near Flagstaff to remain on standby in case of a change in fire direction and behavior overnight. The Emergency Operations Center will remain open on a 24/7 basis until further notice.

June 26 – 8:10 p.m. – Smoke-related health tips available
Information about steps individuals can take to protect themselves from negative health effects related to the smoke is available at: http://www.bouldercounty.org/env/air/pages/wildfire.aspx

June 26 – 8 p.m. – Evacuation center location moved to East Boulder Community Center
The Red Cross has closed the evacuation center at New Vista High School and established an evacuation center and overnight shelter at the East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive. People impacted by the fire who need information and/or a place to stay overnight are encouraged to go to that location.

June 26 – 7:50 p.m. – Update on firefighting efforts
Fire officials have provided an update on attack efforts. The fire has consumed an estimated 228 acres and is moving east in both the north and south directions. There are about 200 firefighters working this incident at this time from the following agencies: Rocky Mountain Fire, Coal Creek Fire, City of Boulder Fire, Boulder County Fire, Arapahoe and Roosevelt Forest Service, the Colorado State Fire Service, Lafayette Fire, Longmont Fire, Boulder Rural Fire, Boulder Emergency Squad and the Longmont Emergency Unit. The incident is currently being managed by the Boulder County Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Air attacks continue to be the primary strategy for as long as daylight remains. There are currently three Type 1 helicopters, one Type 3 helicopter, two heavy air tankers, a lead plane and an air attack plane working the fire.

A federal Type 1 team is expected to take over command sometime tomorrow morning.

June 26 – 7:15 p.m. – City firefighting task force headed to upper Table Mesa area
Three spot fires are visible on the eastern side of the ridge behind NCAR. A task force of 40 firefighters are headed to the area of upper Table Mesa to attack these fires and create defensible space for homes and structures in the vicinity. Winds are now blowing to the northeast and have picked up in speed.

June 26 – 6:40 p.m. – Media briefing scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Fire officials are planning to hold a media briefing with updates on the fire at 8:30 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Center at 6th and Canyon.

June 26 – 6 p.m. – Call center activated
The Emergency Operations Center has activated a call center for residents and others impacted by the fire to obtain information. The phone number is 303-413-7730. People seeking fire and evacuation information are encouraged to call this number. Individuals reporting new emergencies should continue to call 911. Media should continue to contact the media line. Any help getting this phone number out to the public is much appreciated.

June 26 5:45 p.m. – Additional pre-evacuation notices sent out in city
The City of Boulder has issued 1,485 additional pre-evacuation notices to phone numbers within city limits to include the Shanahan Ridge neighborhood. This is in addition to the 931 notices previously sent out. The current boundaries are Dartmouth to the north, Greenbriar to the south, Table Mesa and foothills on the west and Broadway on the east.

Residents in this area should begin preparing for possible evacuation orders. Gather up personal belongings and pets and stay tuned for additional instructions. An evacuation center has been established at New Vista High School at Broadway and Baseline.

In addition, the City of Boulder has announced that it is closing the pool at the South Boulder Recreation Center as a result of poor air quality caused by smoke. The recreation center itself remains open. For parents with children participating in summer camps, staff are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue e-mail updates as they become available.

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Boulder Fire Outbreak from lightning: Evacuations Flagstaff

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The latest on the spate of lighting cause fire here in the city of Boulder from the office of emergency management:
June 26, 4:45 p.m. – Pre-evacuation notices go to city residents
Pre-evacuation notices went out to 931 City of Boulder phone numbers. The area that received calls is bordered by Dartmouth on the north, Broadway on the east, all the way to the south edge of town. People should be ready to evacuate quickly. A Type 1 Federal Incident team is on its way.

June 26 – 4:19 p.m. – All Open Space properties are closed from Eldo. Springs to Boulder Canyon
All open space and recreational areas from Eldorado Springs to Boulder Canyon are closed until further notice.

June 26 – 4 p.m.
NCAR is voluntarily evacuating.

Media briefing at 4:30 p.m. at Criminal Justice Center at 6th and Canyon.

All Pets Animal Hospital is taking small animals. 303-499-5335. 5290 Manhattan Circle.

Fire is estimated to be 200-300 acres.

June 26 – 3:45 p.m. Road Closures – Bison Drive, Flagstaff Rd.
Road closures:
Bison Drive from 1000 block West
Flagstaff Rd. from Baseline & 6th Ave
Hard closures. No public access allowed. Residents are urged to take vital records and proof of residency when they leave.

June 26 – 3:28 p.m. – Flagstaff Fire evacuations ordered
Sheriff’s Command has issued evacuation orders for approximately 26 households in the area of Bison Drive and Pine Needle Notch subdivision. An evacuation point is being established at New Vista High School at 700 20th Street near Broadway and Baseline. Red Cross is on its way. Residents are advised to take vital records, proof of residency and all pets with them.

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June 25 3:18 p.m. – Flagstaff Road is restricted to fire response
Flagstaff Rd. is being used for transport of firefighting equipment. Public access will be restricted or closed along this road until further notice.

June 26 – 3:01 p.m. Bison Fire
A helicopter and heavy air tanker are working on the Bison Fire which is estimated at 6 acres and growing. Smoke can be seen from the city of Boulder and surrounding areas. Rocky Mountain Fire is in charge of the fire.

Fire in Boulder County – June 26 – 2:51 p.m.
There is a fire burning near Bison Drive east of Walker Ranch in the foothills of southern Boulder County. A heavy air tanker is en route and 39 pre-evacuation notices have been sent to residents on Bison Drive and in the Pine Needle Notch subdivision.

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Boulder Office of EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT latest it’s a real mess out there

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2/22 7:35 p.m. – Lyons fire contained, but evacuees still awaiting word on evacuations
It is anticipated that the the evacuations will remain in effect for several hours as crews assess any potential for additional fire activity in the Lyons Stone Canyon area. Evacuees are advised to remain at the evacuation center until further notice.

2/22 7:20 p.m. – Stone Canyon Fire contained
Fire crews are reporting that the Stone Canyon Fire has been contained. Firefighters are still on the scene to monitor and address hot spots. The fire scorched about 20 acres. Evacuation Center officials are reporting that approximately 15 families are on scene, awaiting word about when they can safely return to their homes. Updates will be posted here as soon as they are available.

2/22 6:40 p.m. – Hwy. 36 has been re-opened
The Colorado State Patrol has re-opened Hwy. 36, but motorists are advised to use caution because of high wind conditions.

2/22 6:35 p.m. – Additional evacuation information
Evacuations have been ordered for the Eagle Ridge subdivision, and officials are re-routing traffic to 5th Avenue because of a downed power line at 1125 Stone Canyon Road.

2/22 6:30 p.m. – Hwy. 36 closed at McCaslin Boulevard
Motorists are advised that Hwy. 36 is closed at McCaslin Boulevard in both directions. Alternate routes are suggested.

2/22 6:15 p.m. – Lyons High School opens as evacuation center
Emergency officials are opening an evacuation center at Lyons High School for individuals displaced by the Stone Canyon fire. The high school is located at 100 S. Second Ave. in Lyons. Individuals are encouraged to at least check in at the evacuation center to register in the event that officials need to contact them.

2/22 6:05 p.m. – New fire reported east of Lyons
Crews are responding to a grassfire that is threatening structures east of Lyons. The fire, approximately 2 acres, started behind 931 Stone Canyon Road. Emergency officials made 42 Everbridge notifications, advising people to evacuate immediately because of the high winds and fast-moving 10- to 15-foot flames. No evacuation centers have been established yet. Additional updates will be posted as soon as they are available.

2/22 6 p.m. – City, county crews contain Diagonal Fire
Contact:
EOC Media Line – 720-564-2935

City, county fire crews contain grass fire along Diagonal Highway

City and county firefighters have contained a grass fire that broke out at about 3:30 p.m. today at 63rd Street and Diagonal Highway. Firefighters battled high winds that made conditions particularly challenging. As of 5 p.m., crews were reporting that the blaze was 100 percent contained.

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2/22 5:45 p.m. – Weather Update
According to the National Weather Service, we are currently experiencing the strongest winds of the evening, with gusts out of the W/SW over 70 mph. Between 8 and 9 p.m., winds will shift to NW at 40-50 mph. Around midnight tonight, winds shift to the N decreasing to 25-30 mph gusts. The wind helps to move a cold front quickly in to Boulder County by 5 a.m. with winds at 10-15 mph. Snow accumulations expected to be .5 to 1 inch, and the storm will move out of the area by noon tomorrow.

2/22 5:22 p.m. – Diagonal Fire
2/22 5:22p.m. – Diagonal Fire The Diagonal Fire is now 100% contained. The Diagonal is open for Longmont bound traffic, still closed for Boulder bound traffic. 63rd St. is closed from the diagonal to Monarch Road. 71st St. is closed between State Highway 52 and Winchester Circle.

2/22 4:40 p.m. – Diagonal Fire
2/22 5:04p.m. – Diagonal Fire – 1300 reverse notifications were sent to the area from Lookout Road north to Niwot Rd, and from 79th Street west to the Diagonal, advising residents of the fire in the area. No evacuations were ordered.

2/22 4:40 p.m. – Diagonal Fire
2/22 4:40 p.m. – Diagonal Fire Update – There are no mandatory evacuations at this time. Voluntary evacuation should go Eastbound towards 75th Street.

2/22 4:30 p.m. – Diagonal Fire
Fire crews are responding to a brush fire near 63rd Street and Diagonal Highway. Initial reports indicated the fire was near Tom Watson Park, west of Diagonal Highway.

Please be aware that both lanes of the Diagonal Highway at 63rd Street have been shut down.

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9:15 9/26 update: Elsha Kirbyl is a USAF fire fighter and lead public information Officer for the Maxwell Fire. We talked to her from the fire line tonight. Here is what she told us. The fire started with big plumes and started to run. Now it has settled down and the forest service is starting back fires. The fire is creeping back down to Left Hand canyon road and it is hoped it will burn into the area where the March fire was and burn out. 3 air tankers have bee suspended for the night. The fire is approximately 100 acres. There are 100 fire fighter on the line. There are more crews staged at Left Hand and Old stage just in case.

City Dispatchers told us The fire initially started at approximate 5:00 pm ( according to first calls to city of boulder Dispatch records)

Rick Brough Sheriffs Department Commander told us the fire started about 1/4 mile from the “off highway entrance to gun shooting and 4 wheeling, on the side of the road. “It could have been a spark or a cigarette but no cause has been determined” He said initially, some homes we mandated to evacuate when the fire started to run during high winds when it started. ” But now there is no mandatory evacuations except for 1.5 miles of Left Hand Canyon past old Stage road.

8:12 A reverse 911 call went out to 340 homes according to Boulder PD PIO Kim Kobel. The evacuations are not mandatory. The US forest service has taken over the fire.
With hope and no high winds tomorrow morning, we have escaped the bullet this time Boulder.

7:58 Colorado ORM reports in:
Maxwell Fire Info Sources – Boulder, CO
The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been activated in response to a fire in Lefthand Canyon being referred to as the Maxwell Fire. Response information – including evacuation and shelter information – is being posted on Boulder’s Office of Emergency Management Emergency Information Page at http://boulderoem.com/emergency-status. Boulder OEM is also providing information via their Twitter feed (@boulderoem) at http://twitter.com/boulderoem, their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BoulderOEM and via Boulder County’s Twitter feed (@bouldercounty) at http://twitter.com/bouldercounty.

Fire Fight/Suppression information for the Maxwell Fire is being posted on Inciweb at http://inciweb.org/incident/2384/

An evacuation center has been established by the Red Cross at the YMCA at 28th street in Boulder. Evacuees are encouraged to go to the evacuation center for information and assistance. Red Cross Shelter information is being posted at http://twitter.com/redcrossdenver

The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (@rmaccfireinfo) is also posting fire-related information at http://twitter.com/rmaccfireinfo as is the Arapahoe National Forest at http://twitter.com/usfsarp.

Boulder County also maintains a txt/email alert system – register for alerts online at https://ww2.everbridge.net/citizen/EverbridgeGateway.action?body=home&gis_alias_id=160781.

There are two hashtags currently being used on Twitter for fire-related information: #maxwellfire and #boulderfire. Search for fire info using the hashtags at

The Maxwell Fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Lefthand Canyon area. An airtanker is working the fire and additional resources have been ordered.
7:47 6/26 from us forest service
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday June 26th, 2011 approx. 05:00 PM
Location Lefthand Canyon Area of Roosevelt National Forest
Current Situation
Size 100 acres
Outlook
Planned Actions
Additional crews have been ordered and an air tanker is making drops.
6/26 7:30 p.m. – Maxwell Fire Road Closures
Roads closed to public traffic:
Left Hand Canyon at North Foothills Highway (local traffic allowed with I.D. to Old Stage Rd.)
James Canyon at Lefthand Canyon to Old Stage Rd
Old Stage at Lefthand Canyon to James Canyon

6/26 6 p.m. – Fire in Lefthand Canyon
Firefighters have responded to a fire near the 3.7 Mile Marker on U.S. Forest Service land. There is a mandatory evacuation for residents within a 1.5 mile radius of the 3.7 MM. The Emergency Operations Center is activated to help support firefighting efforts. Additional information will be posted here when details are available.

The “Maxwell Fire” began at approximately 5:39 p.m. this afternoon. Fire is estimated to be between 10 and 20 acres in size.

The Boulder

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Japan death by Nuclear fallout 0 Death by Tsunami 10,000: two Boulder Scientists write

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In an effort to offset the inputs from the media talking heads I am forwarding comments from a friend that worked at several US nuclear plants and whose views I respect. The real tragedy of the Japanese earthquake and tsunaimi have been completely overshadowed by the events at the reactors. The current loss of life due to radiation is zero. Contrast that with the current death toll of over 10,000 that will likely run up closer to 25,000 when all are accounted for!    Bill

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/default.aspx
http://www.nukeworker.com/
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/fear-the-media-meltdown-not-the-nuclear-one/?singlepage=true

Yes, media coverage is particularly bad on this one.  I happened to have
spent a couple of years working in the bowels of Browns Ferry NP which
are identical units to those in Japan.  GE Mk I BWRs.

To sum it up in a few sentences, this is essentially identical to TMI.
A Loss of Coolant Accident followed by failed fuel and probably
substantial fuel melt (there was at TMI).  The huge hydrogen production
is from the zircalloy fuel cladding actually burning in the steam
environment, stripping the oxygen atom from water and releasing the
hydrogen.  Same thing happened at TMI and there was a hydrogen
explosion, though since with a PWR, the entire reactor building is the
containment, the explosion was contained within the reactor building.

At TMI the core remained uncovered for about 24 hours, long enough for
the fuel to reach its maximum temperature and equilibrate with its
surroundings.  The fuel that did melt simply flowed out of the core and
quenched in the water that remained below the fuel.  It did not melt
through the reactor vessel.  In fact it didn’t even scar the inside
surface of the vessel.

This is what I see happening in Japan.  There has been partial or
complete fuel failure in both units.  That is indicated both by the huge
hydrogen production and by the trace of Cs-137 and I-131 detected on the
outside.

There is a very large inventory of both isotopes in an operating
reactor.  The plant design assumes that both are released as gases
during an accident and plan accordingly.  That didn’t happen at TMI.
Once things cooled off enough that we could enter the containment, what
we found was that the Cs and I had reacted chemically to form cesium
iodide, a solid material.  Most of it stayed in the reactor.  Some came
out into the containment building and settled out on surfaces.  A very
tiny amount escaped during the initial containment venting at TMI.

Again, the same thing is happening in Japan.  The trace of Cs and I that
has been detected on the outside, if chemically analyzed, will be found
to be the compound cesium iodide.  This compounding is why there is but
a tiny bit of material released despite practically constant containment
venting.

I don’t quite understand the pumping of sea water.   That’s kind of a
last ditch decision because the salt in the seawater destroys the
stainless steel in the plant.  Normally there are a few million gallons
of demineralized water on-site for emergency cooling.  Maybe it got
contaminated by the tsunami.  Maybe the piping from the storage tank(s)
got broken in the shake.  I certainly can’t second-guess the on-site people.

I did see mention in one news report that they were using large diesel
construction pumps to pump the water.  That indicates to me that the
plant is still completely blacked out.  It’s possible that this is the
reason for using seawater – that none of the electric pumps in the plant
are working.

When all the dust has settled, I predict this to be identical to TMI.
An unmitigated disaster for the utility.  No significant off-site
radiation exposure and no off-site contamination.  In other words, a
non-event as far as the public is concerned.  The massive evacuation
will prove to have been precipitous and un-necessary.

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Thank God they’re using good old fashioned traditional units
of dose (the Roentgen) instead of the execrable Sievert. (1 Sievert is
100 R) The only advantage that I have is my experience at Browns Ferry
and TMI.

I don’t quite understand why they’re trying to fill the #3 reactor
building with water unless they’re assuming a failed reactor vessel and
primary containment.  Otherwise water from the reactor building could
not get through the primary containment boundary.  Bombing the spent
fuel pit with water I can understand but not the reactor building.

The radiation readings at the plant boundary and that one value quoted
at a distance from the plant are from the noble gases, primarily at this
point Xe-133.  It’s a rich gamma emitter with a high specific activity.
Fortunately it only has a 5.25 day half-life and so will decay quickly.

The other, at this point minor, contributor is Kr-85.  It’s mostly a
beta emitter with a rare gamma.  With about a 10.5 year half life it
will be the principle source of radiation around and inside the
containment vessels in the days to come.

Fortunately its low probability gamma means that it can be vented with
little consequence.  At TMI we vented a few million curies prior to the
first reactor building entry and there was no change in the background
radiation level at the plant site boundary.

I’d give anything to be at the plant site boundary with a gamma
spectrometer.  With that I could tell you want was going on in the core
and what was being emitted and how much.  I’ll guarantee you that there
are people there from some agency doing just that.  I don’t know why
that information isn’t filtering out.

John

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