If you or someone close to you has a disability or requires special assistance, please call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 303-271-0211. In an emergency, always dial 911.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Final #JeffcoFlood Blog Post: Recovery and Resilience

Jefferson County communities are moving forward in an attitude of recovery and resilience.


The Jefferson County Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) has been managing the response to the #JeffcoFlood for the last week. The primary objective of this team was to manage the county's response and to lead the county into the recovery phase.

Jefferson County communities are showing their resilience as they quickly bounce back from the damages inflicted by the #JeffcoFlood.  As we enter the recovery phase the role of the Jefferson County Type III IMT will decrease as regular Jefferson County departments take the lead on further recovery efforts.

Residents affected by the #JeffcoFlood can now receive information directly from the county via http://jeffco.us/disaster-recovery/.  This site will take the place of the JCSO Emergency Blog.  As such this will be the final #JeffcoFlood update.

The #JeffcoFlood Google map will no longer be updated.  We will maintain the map in its current state (9/18) so that it can viewed for historical purposes.  For a list of current, live, road closures please visit http://jeffco.us/road-and-bridge/.




FEMA Individual Assistance for #JeffcoFlood has been Approved!

We have just received word that residents in Jefferson County are now eligible to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance.

Affected residents are encouraged to register with FEMA by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362

The phone number for registering your damaged home with Jefferson County is being deactivated. Affected residents need only to register their property with FEMA viawww.disasterassistance.gov or (800) 621-3362. 

Thank you to all of our Jefferson County residents who sent in photos of their damaged homes.  It was your photos and stories that helped you and your neighbors become eligible for FEMA's Individual Assistance.

As you register your home and begin the recovery phase please use the resources that the county has made available on its website: http://jeffco.us/disaster-recovery/

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Upper Bear Creek Road Open to RESIDENTS ONLY

Upper Bear Creek Road is now open to residents only.  Sheriff's deputies will be posted on the east and west ends of Upper Bear Creek to confirm residency.  Structural concerns regarding the bridge have been evaluated and resolved, allowing the bridge to re-open to local traffic only. 

Individual Damage Reports and FEMA Individual Assistance

Damage assessments in the areas affected by the #JeffcoFlood are ongoing.  We continue to ask the public to send in their photos of damage to their homes (email jeffcosheriff@gmail.com or jeffcoflood@gmail.com).  If you have believe your home is damaged you should also leave your information on our recorded line.  Please leave your name, address, phone number and description of damage.  The number to call is 303-271-4930.

As of today, 9/18/13, Jefferson County residents are not eligible for Individual Assistance from FEMA.  

Earlier this week Congressman Perlmutter placed the following statement on his website:
"President Obama has declared a Major Disaster Declaration for four counties in Colorado including Adams, Boulder, Larimer and Weld. This declaration extends FEMA's Individual Assistance programs to assist individuals in their recovery from the disaster. This means Adams County residents may now apply for federal assistance for damage and loss incurred as a result of flooding, severe storms and landslides that began September 11, 2013. Although Jefferson County is not currently included in the individual assistance program, residents are still encouraged to register online in case the declaration is expanded to include Jefferson County. There are ongoing damage assessments by officials from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to evaluate additional areas to be included in the declaration."
We encourage Jefferson County residents to go ahead and register with FEMA.  If you register with FEMA, however, please also remember to register with Jefferson County (via the number 303-271-4930).  This very important not only because it allows County and Federal officials to maintain similar records.  More importantly, these damage reports will greatly aid officials as they work to get residents of Jefferson County approval for FEMA Individual Assistance.

To learn how to apply for FEMA aid please visit: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

The Air National Guard will be flying County, State and Federal officials over the #JeffcoFlood region today, 9/18/13, as part of the continued effort to assess damages and further pursue FEMA Individual Assistance.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Recovery and Resilience in Jefferson County

Click on the images to view the three different facebook photo albums.  
Photos were taken by  Amber Luttrell, Community Relations Manager

Jefferson County communities are continuing to recover from the #JeffcoFlood.  Today, September 17, 2013, public information officers with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office accompanied emergency personnel as they rescued three families in Coal Creek Canyon (Highway 72).

  

The rescue of the families included the rescue of their furry companions.  The first family rescued was accompanied by three Irish Wolfhounds named Tully, Pi & Oscar.  The second family brought with them 1 Black Labrador Retriever puppy named Gauge.  The final family carried out their Maltese, named Zoey, and a cat named Eleanor.  These families and their pets had not left their homes in days. 

  

During the rescue the residents shared some of their stories.  One family explained how, due to the gas outage in the area, the three families could not cook on their stoves so they gathered together to share crock-pot, microwave, and bbq recipes.  One of the rescued residents also shared how she and her daughter received moral support from other family members who had lived through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. 

The pictures in these albums do not only chronicle the rescue that took place today in Coal Creek Canyon.   These pictures do not only show damages along Coal Creek Canyon.  These pictures do not only share the damage sustained to buildings in the area.  These pictures also show the resilience of our Jefferson County communities.

  

#JeffcoFlood #CCCF #Jeffco #JCSO
#CoFlood #Colorado Flood
#ColoradoStrong

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the families who provided their permission for these photos to be taken and shared.



All Voluntary Evacuations Lifted in Jefferson County 9/17 5:20 PM

All level 1 (voluntary) evacuation orders in Jefferson County have been lifted. If you are returning to your home please exercise care and caution.  Should you need any assistance as you reoccupy home please consult the list of resources that are available on this Recovery Resources Spreadsheet.

#JeffcoFlood Road Updates: 9/17 5 PM

Updates: 

Upper Bear Creek Drive is now open to local residents.  There is a bridge located near 32034 Upper Bear Creek that is now closed (2.6 miles east of Evergreen).  This means that residents with an address of 31910 and lower must exit the area via Evergreen Parkway.  Residents with an address of 32034 and higher must exit through Witter Gulch (to Stagecoach Blvd or Squaw Pass).


In Kittredge, the bridge on Welch Ave, just south of Highway 74 has been closed due to structural concerns.  Residents can access the area through the other local bridges.

Golden Gate Canyon is open to all traffic.  Please continue to be aware of the emergency and construction traffic in the area. If you need to use Crawford Gulch Road be aware that intermittent closures may take place due to the need to provide road and bridge repair crews safe access to the area.



Twin Spruce / Gap road is open but there is a heavy amount of construction traffic in the area.  Please avoid the area unless absolutely necessary.  Twin Spruce is closed at Burland Drive.

Ongoing Closures:
Crescent Park in Upper Coal Creek Canyon is impassable.

Highway 72 remains closed from Blue Mountain Drive to Pincliffe.

Evergreen (74 and 73) remains open.

Beaver Brook Canyon road remains impassable.  Watch http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/Alertcenter.aspx for updates.

Closures remain on Indiana between 120th and 72nd.

We will update our google map when we receive definitive word that any of these closure have been lifted.  Please continue to exercise care as you drive in the affected areas.




View #JeffCoFlood Jefferson County Flood Information in a larger map

Send us your Pictures of Home Damage in Jeffco

We are working to get aid to Jeffco residents who have damage to their homes due to the floods.  In order to do that, we need photos showing the damage.  We only want pictures of damaged homes... not roadways.  Please send your photos to jeffcosheriff@gmail.com.
 

Jeffco Flood Update 9-17 9 a.m.

Damage assessment in the county is being hindered by limited access to many affected areas. Preliminary cost to Jefferson County infrastructure is estimated at $6,000,000.


  • Preliminary structural damage estimates are: 14 residences destroyed, 215 damaged and 5,805 threatened.  
  • 24 commercial properties have been damaged and 24 are threatened. It is unknown at this time if any commercial structures have been destroyed.35 minor structures have been destroyed, 57 damaged and 106 threatened. 

County and local officials will be going door to door to confirm property damage today. These individuals will have official identification.
Following is a summary of significant events in Jefferson County over the last 36 hours are headed by: An announcement that Jefferson County has received a Presidential disaster declaration from FEMA which will provide direct financial assistance to the county for infrastructure repair and direct costs of dealing with the flood emergency.

  •  Damage assessments and evaluations are proceeding. Anyone who needs to report property damage should call 303-271-4930.
  • Water service to 500 customers served by the Lookout Mountain Water Treatment Facility was affected by a severed water intake line. • Sandbagging efforts by the Colorado National Guard and local residents and first responders on the last night of heavy rains helped to mitigate more flood damage to the town of Evergreen. 
  • A preliminary meeting was held to discuss the rebuilding process between county officials and involved stakeholders

#JeffcoFlood Road Update 9/17 6:30 AM - Golden Gate Canyon Open

Golden Gate Canyon is now open.

Crescent Park in Upper Coal Creek Canyon is impassable.

Twin Spruce / Gap road is open but there is a heavy amount of construction traffic in the area.  Please avoid the area unless absolutely necessary.



View #JeffCoFlood Jefferson County Flood Information in a larger map

#JeffcoFlood Road Closures 9/17 AM

Update:

Golden Gate Canyon is now open.
Crescent Park in Upper Coal Creek Canyon is impassable.
Twin Spruce / Gap road is open but there is a heavy amount of construction traffic in the area.  Please avoid the area unless absolutely necessary.

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There are no new updates to the road closures around the #JeffcoFlood area.

Highway 72 remains closed from Blue Mountain Drive to Pincliffe.

Twin Spruce Gap Road (access to 119) remains open. (See www.coalcreekfirefd.org/blog)

Golden Gate Canyon remains closed from highway 93 to Robinson Hill.

Evergreen (74 and 73) remains open.

Upper Bear Creek remains closed.

Beaver Brook Canyon road remains impassable.  Watch http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/Alertcenter.aspx for updates.

Watch for closures in and around Indiana between 120th and 72nd.

We will update our google map when we receive definitive word that any of these closure have been lifted.  Please continue to exercise care as you drive in the affected areas.



View #JeffCoFlood Jefferson County Flood Information in a larger map

Monday, September 16, 2013

Mine Correction: The Pond is Fine

INFORMATION UPDATE: The Colorado Department of Public Health reports that the information regarding the tailing pond at Schwartzwalder Mine is incorrect. There has been no breach of the pond. There has been no contamination from the mine.

Latest on State Highway Road Closures from CDOT

From the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT):
As you are aware, parts of our state are experiencing historic flooding with catastrophic damage to the transportation network. To say what has happened over the last week and over the weekend is unprecedented is an understatement.  As of today, we know that we have lost 30 state highway bridges, with damage to 20 more, and another 20 structures that can’t be reached for inspection.  As state elected officials, we would like to share with you the latest in our recovery work and where to find the up-to-date information on highway closures. 
Teams of Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintenance and engineering personnel worked through the weekend to assess infrastructure condition.  CDOT crews are continuing to evaluate infrastructure to ensure public safety and provide estimates on what lies ahead for the recovery and reconstruction.  Once conditions are safe, it will take several weeks to determine the actual extent and cost of damage to our highway system.   A special team from the Vermont Department of Transportation is already in Colorado to share lessons and best practices from their monumental recovery from Hurricane Irene.  In addition, CDOT is organizing regional meetings with local partners to determine the full extent of the impact from this historic disaster and to coordinate rebuilding efforts. Recovering from the flooding will be the biggest challenge in our 100 year history, and perhaps the biggest challenge CDOT will face in the next 100 years.
Below you will find links to the latest information we have regarding closures.  Please note that the closures below are only for state highways and interstates. Cities, counties and towns may have closed additional roads in their specific area.  For safety reasons, CDOT is recommending that travelers do not stop on the highways to view the water or roadway damage.

You can also find roadway and travel information at www.cotrip.org and on your mobile device with the CDOT Mobile App.  To download CDOT Mobile, simply text “CDOT” to 25827 or search CDOT Mobile in your App Store

Thank you to our Jefferson County Animal Rescue Team

We have such great, wonderful, volunteers still working hard at caring for large animals displaced by rains and floods. Thanks to all J-CART (Jefferson County Animal Response Team) and Jefferson County Horse Council members. You guys rock!


Clear Creek Closed in Golden 9/16 1:45PM

City of Golden, Colorado – Effective immediately, by order of the City of Golden Police Department will limit waterway activities on Clear Creek. The boundaries affected by the order extend from Grant Terry Park Bridge, mile marker 270 and eastward along the canyon through the city limits of Golden including Vanover Park. 

Water activities prohibited by the order include all single-chambered air inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes and single chambered rafts, as well as “body-surfers” and swimming. Violators may be issued a summons for a class 2 petty offense, punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars. These restrictions will be strictly enforced in an effort to minimize the risk to those using the waterway. 

Kayaks, whitewater canoes and multi-chambered professionally guided rafts and river boards are exempt, but are encouraged to observe extreme caution due to the safety concerns surrounding swift moving water and floating debris. All of the above users and occupants must have the use of a Type I, Type III, or Type V Coast Guard approved paddling life jacket and a water use designed helmet.

These temporary water restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

William Kilpatrick

Chief of Police

http://www.cityofgolden.net/latest-news/clear-creek-closed-to-some-recreational-users/

Alert from the City of Arvada: Schwartzwalder Mine Failure (UPDATED Information Posted Above)

Residents of the Lookout Mountain Water District - Drinking Water is Safe, Please Conserve

Updated/Correction Post: 9/16 3:30

Emergency crews have assessed the pipeline and determined that it is not yet damaged. The water is safe and potable.

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Original Post:

The main supply line to the Lookout Mountain water treatment facility has been damaged. Repairs to the line will take several days.

The Lookout Mountain Water District has enough water in their stored system to sustain the district at this time.  The water from the district is safe to drink.  Residents are simply asked to conserve their water usage to help ensure that their is enough water to sustain the district until the supply line can be repaired.

The affected area is North of I-70 to the face of Golden Gate Canyon and to the west of Mother Cabrini to Genesee exit.

For additional updates monitor http://WWW.lookoutmountainwaterdistrict.org or recorded line 303.526.2025.

Monday morning Update 9-16 10 a.m.

There’s a break in the storm, but serious conditions continue in large parts of Jefferson County.


TODAY IS A DAY TO THINK SAFETY
  • There is an increased emphasis on damage assessment today. Private and commercial structures and public infrastructure has been compromised in northern portions of the county, Coal Creek Canyon, the Bear Creek drainages, Golden Gate Canyon and other areas.  Jefferson County or Incident Management personnel with official identification may be in affected areas to obtain property damage information.
  • The Colorado National Guard will be continuing with sandbagging efforts today in and above Evergreen.
  • The public is warned to never work near running water without a life jacket or other personal flotation device, even on their own property. Everyone should avoid fast-flowing water if at all possible.
  • Standing water continues to be a serious health danger. Feet and legs should be protected from exposure to flood water. Any cut or other skin break contacting flood water, especially standing water, can be a doorway for dangerous infection.  
See these links to the Jefferson County Public Health Department for detailed information on how to protect your health if you have been impacted by flooding:


Golden Gate Canyon open to Local Residents only 9/16 8:45AM

Golden Gate Canyon is open to local residents only.  This is to allow emergency personnel the ability to efficiently operate in the area.



View #JeffCoFlood Jefferson County Flood Information in a larger map

7 Day Forecast for the Golden area from National Weather Service

Direct Link to National Weather Service

  • TodayA chance of drizzle before 9am, then a slight chance of showers between 9am and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • TonightA 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 9 mph in the evening.
  • TuesdaySunny, with a high near 81. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 7 mph in the evening.
  • WednesdayMostly sunny, with a high near 82. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
  • Wednesday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 49.
  • ThursdayMostly sunny, with a high near 71.
  • Thursday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 45.
  • FridayMostly sunny, with a high near 74.
  • Friday NightMostly clear, with a low around 50.
  • SaturdaySunny, with a high near 77.
  • Saturday NightMostly clear, with a low around 51.
  • SundayMostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Video from Evergreen Taken Last Night (9/16)

Thank you for your attentiveness and preparedness last night.  Here is a video taken last night at 10:00 PM in downtown Evergreen.



Please remain aware of the conditions in your area today. A flash flood advisory remains in place for areas within Jefferson County until 9:15 AM.  A flood watch will be in effect from 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM this evening (9/16).  See the National Weather Service for more information.

ICYMI: Coal Creek Canyon Fire 9/15 Evening Update

Monday Morning (9/16) Road Closures

There are no new updates to the road closures around the #JeffcoFlood area.

Highway 72 remains closed from Blue Mountain Drive to Pincliffe.

Twin Spruce Gap Road (access to 119) remains open. (See www.coalcreekfirefd.org/blog)

Golden Gate Canyon remains closed from highway 93 to Robinson Hill.

Evergreen (74 and 73) remains open.

Upper Bear Creek remains closed.

Beaver Brook Canyon road remains impassable.  Watch http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/Alertcenter.aspx for updates.

Watch for closures in and around Indiana between 120th and 72nd.

We will update our google map when we receive definitive word that any of these closure have been lifted.  Please continue to exercise care as you drive in the affected areas.



View #JeffCoFlood Jefferson County Flood Information in a larger map

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bear Creek Picture: Rising and Flowing Fast - Be Prepared

This photo was taken at Cold Springs Gulch Road which is just east of Kittredge on Highway 74.  It was shot at 7:25 PM this evening (9/15) The picture shows the severity of the current conditions.  The river is flowing swift and high and more rain is coming.  Please plan ahead and be prepared should conditions further develop.


Radar shows more heavy rain coming to Jefferson County-Be Prepared

Up to date weather radar loop from the National Weather Service shows more  heavy rain approaching Jefferson County. Please link to the National Weather Service Radar Loop by clicking on the image below.


Bear Creek Rising and Running Fast-Be Prepared

Due to consistent rain today Bear Creek is on the rise and running fast. Please be aware of the changing conditions and be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Watch the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Blog, Facebook and Twitter for information as soon as it becomes available.

The following video was shot shortly after 5 p.m. today in Upper Bear Creek near Meadowbrook Lane. This video should demonstrate the seriousness of the situation for all those living on Upper or Lower Bear Creek.


Civil Air Patrol Photos of #Jeffco Reservoirs 9/14

Photos illustrating the resilience of dams (Ralston/Blunn) within Jefferson County. Photos were curated via the Google Crisis map available here: http://google.org/crisismap/2013-boulder-floods
 



Jeffco School Closures 9/15 5 PM

This was posted on http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/closures/index.html on 9/15/13 at 5PM

The following schools will be closed on Monday, Sept. 16:
Coal Creek K-8, Ralston Valley High, Oberon Middle, Meiklejohn Elementary, Van Arsdale Elementary, West Woods Elementary, Evergreen High, Evergreen Middle, Wilmot Elementary, Parmalee Elementary, Bergen Valley Elementary and Bergen Meadow Elementary.

In addition, both Windy Peak and Mt. Evans Outdoor Lab Schools are closed. Sixth-grade students from Vanderhoof Elementary will not be attending the Windy Peak Outdoor Lab school this week, Sept. 16.

Beaver Brook Canyon Road Gas Leak Capped, Shelter in Place Advisory Still in Effect

Emergency crews  hiked in and capped the natural gas leak in the area of 1100 Beaver Brook Canyon Road.  The area remains under a shelter in place advisory, issued by Clear Creek County, due to the fact that the road is impassable in places.  Residents who have an emergency and need to get out must dial 911 for assistance.


#JeffcoFlood Public Submitted Photos

This facebook album is populated by members of the public. Click on the following photo to access the album.

If you would like to submit pictures please do so using the following form.  Direct link to form.


NWS Flood Warning Extended for Jefferson County until 9 p.m.

Flood Warning


National Weather Service

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
400 PM MDT SUN SEP 15 2013

COC001-005-013-014-019-031-035-047-059-069-075-087-115-121-123-
160300-
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/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
ARAPAHOE CO-WELD CO-WASHINGTON CO-SEDGWICK CO-JEFFERSON CO-
LARIMER CO-CLEAR CREEK CO-BROOMFIELD CO-DOUGLAS CO-ADAMS CO-
GILPIN CO-DENVER CO-LOGAN CO-BOULDER CO-MORGAN CO-
400 PM MDT SUN SEP 15 2013

...A FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM MDT SUNDAY FOR
WESTERN ARAPAHOE...WELD...NORTHWESTERN WASHINGTON...NORTHERN
SEDGWICK...JEFFERSON...EASTERN LARIMER...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN CLEAR
CREEK...BROOMFIELD...NORTHEASTERN DOUGLAS...ADAMS...EASTERN GILPIN...
DENVER...LOGAN...BOULDER AND MORGAN COUNTIES...

AT 330 PM MDT...THERE WERE REPORTS OF NUMEROUS ROADS CLOSED OR
IMPASSABLE DUE TO FLOODING IN SOUTHWEST WELD COUNTY AROUND THE TOWNS
OF FIRESTONE AND FREDERICK.

THE RAINFALL HAS WEAKENED IN INTENSITY THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME
MORE SHOWERY IN NATURE. HOWEVER...RAINFALL MOVING IN FROM THE SOUTH
LATE THIS AFTERNOON COULD STILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

Beaver Brook Canyon Gas Line Break - Shelter in Place 9/15/13 3:45 p.m.

A natural gas line in the area of the 1100 block of Beaver Brook Canyon Road has ruptured. This is in Clear Creek County. We have been advised that Clear Creek County will be issuing a 'shelter in place' advisory for residents in that area.

New Videos from Bear Creek

These are two videos of Bear Creek near Kittredge that were taken at about 1:00 p.m. on 9/15/13.  Bear Creek is still rising because of the rain this morning.  Stay safe, stay away! 

 

Update from the Evergreen Metro District

From the Evergreen Metro District web page as of 9:00 a.m. Sunday:

It is raining in the area and the stream flow is increasing slightly.  We will continue to monitor stream flows.  The sewage collection system is running at peak levels, particularly through the lower areas along creeks and drainages.  As a result, the District would ask that you please try to limit the amount of water you use in your homes to prevent further overtaxing of the sewer system.  Sections of Upper Bear Creek still are inundated by flood waters.  The downtown area is open to vehicle traffic.  The drinking water system remains good.  Water quality in Evergreen Lake has improved slightly from yesterday.  We have increased the dosage of chlorine in the treatment process; although there may be a chlorine taste and or odor, the drinking water is safe and will remain safe.  The Evergreen Dam is being watched and is safe; there is no threat of failure of the dam.  The District will update information as conditions change.

http://evergreenmetrodistrict.com/

Carl's Corner Kwik Mart Gasoline Update

From Coal Creek Canyon Fire's blog.

The gas at both Kwik Mart and Carl’s Corner has repeatedly tested good. The reports that we received must have been wrong, or the water was introduced into those systems elsewhere, or something. We don’t know, but we apologize for spreading incorrect information. In our efforts to avoid people getting stranded we must have jumped the gun.

So to repeat: The gas at both Kwik Mart and Carl’s Corner has repeatedly passed tests.

Copied from http://www.coalcreekcanyonfd.org/blog/

Midday Update from Coal Creek Canyon Fire

Posted September 15th at 1PM.

We are back into the heavy rains, and have received heavy rains for over 2 hours.

Please monitor the water levels in your area and move to higher ground if needed. Have the correct clothing for the elements if you have to be in them. If you can avoid travel please do.

Current word is that Gap is still viable. It is being continually monitored by JeffCo Road & Bridge (especially because it is a dirt road, and sink holes can and are occurring) but it is OPEN.

Be safe as we go through this rainy period.

Posted from http://www.coalcreekcanyonfd.org/blog/

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Colorado National Guard on the Job

Writing and Photograph by Rita Baysinger 

Any disaster where public safety is threatened, flood, fire, tornado or even terrorist attack, results in the mobilization of hundreds of first responders. Members of local fire and police and medical units are hit first and hardest. When these resources need assistance because of the scope of the disaster, incident management teams are brought in. Jefferson County has its own incident management team which was called into action on the first day of the Coal Creek Canyon Flood. These team members train together but hold jobs and may live in other parts of the metro area or even other parts of the state.


The same is true of National Guard forces that arrived in Jefferson County yesterday to assist the incident management team with its mission to serve citizens gravely affected by the flood and protect public and first responder safety. These are a diverse group of men and women who are trained to serve and protect their fellow citizens.


After a short briefing held at the Arvada Fire Department Training Center they immediately started working to fill hundreds of sandbags needed to help protect structures impacted by floodwaters.


The first truckload of sandbags was dispatched to Upper Bear Creek Canyon where high water was threatening residences. 


While the affected family and some neighbors had been able to do some sandbagging on their own, they couldn’t do it alone and they breathed a sigh of relief when the convoy of two Humvees and a truck loaded with sandbags pulled up to their driveway.

 

Everyone helped with the messy job.

 

And when this task was completed the National Guard convoy started back down the canyon for another load. Sandbags that were not used were loaded into the homeowner’s truck and driven across the flooded access road.  The span could now be crossed safely, even on foot, because the sandbag barrier cut off the current.


Then these neighbors helping neighbors placed the remaining sandbags against another home and waited for another promised load of filled sandbags to arrive later.


Across the counties of the Front Range and Eastern Plains, the story is the same: neighbors helping neighbors, whether uniformed or in hip waders or flip flops. Amid destruction and tragedy, communities pull together to overcome whatever nature hurls at their doorsteps.


Please do not put yourself in danger to get pictures. These photos were provided by a member of our incident management team.



Arvada Fire Water Rescue

This is a rough video of a water rescue in west Arvada on Friday.


No Threat to the Evergreen Lake Dam

We're hearing that rumors are spreading about the stability of the Evergreen Dam.  Engineers have examined the area around Evergreen Lake and have assured us that there is currently no threat to the dam.

Level 1 Evacuation Reminder for Upper Bear Creek Road

This is a reminder that Upper Bear Creek Road is closed from the Evergreen Lake Dam west to the county line.  This remains a Level 1 Evacuation which means that residents should be ready to leave.

Evacuations at this time are voluntary.

Residents in the area will receive a Code Red notification with this reminder.

If you feel that conditions in your area warrant evacuation, please don't wait for the phone call to leave.

Weather Update - Sunday, September 15th at 9:15 a.m.

Weather radar is showing active rain throughout the county.  Please be aware of your specific surroundings as they may be ever changing.  Stay safe, Stay away. 


New NWS Flash Flood Watch Expires: 6 PM 9/15

See original Link


Flash Flood Watch

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
412 AM MDT SUN SEP 15 2013

...POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING IN THE MOUNTAINS...FRONT RANGE
FOOTHILLS...PALMER DIVIDE...AND ADJACENT PLAINS WILL CONTINUE
THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...

.A WEAK UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE SLOWLY ACROSS
COLORADO THROUGH TONIGHT. UPSLOPE FLOW WILL INCREASE BEHIND A
COOL FRONT ACROSS NORTHEAST COLORADO AS WELL.

PERIODS OF RAIN WILL GRADUALLY DEVELOP THIS MORNING IN THE
MOUNTAINS AND IN AND NEAR THE FOOTHILLS WITH A FEW THUNDERSTORMS
POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2
INCHES COULD OCCUR IN SOME LOCATIONS BY SUNDAY EVENING WITH THE
HIGHEST AMOUNTS IN THE FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAIN AREAS.

THUS IF THIS ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURS THEN THERE WILL BE
SOME POTENTIAL FOR MORE FLASH FLOODING AS THE GROUND IS EXTREMELY
SATURATED.

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SOUTH AND EAST JACKSON/LARIMER/NORTH AND NORTHEAST GRAND/
NORTHWEST BOULDER COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET-
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST GRAND/WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST BOULDER/
GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/SUMMIT/NORTH AND WEST PARK COUNTIES ABOVE
9000 FEET-LARIMER AND BOULDER COUNTIES BETWEEN 6000 AND 9000 FEET-
JEFFERSON AND WEST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET/GILPIN/CLEAR
CREEK/NORTHEAST PARK COUNTIES BELOW 9000 FEET-
LARIMER COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTHWEST WELD COUNTY-
BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES BELOW 6000 FEET/WEST BROOMFIELD
COUNTY-
NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/DENVER/WEST ADAMS AND
ARAPAHOE COUNTIES/EAST BROOMFIELD COUNTY-
ELBERT/CENTRAL AND EAST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET-
CENTRAL AND SOUTH WELD COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CAMERON PASS...
LARAMIE AND MEDICINE BOW MOUNTAINS...RABBIT EARS RANGE...
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK...WILLOW CREEK PASS...
BERTHOUD PASS...BRECKENRIDGE...EAST SLOPES MOSQUITO RANGE...
EAST SLOPES SOUTHERN GORE RANGE...EISENHOWER TUNNEL...
INDIAN PEAKS...KENOSHA MOUNTAINS...MOUNT EVANS...
WILLIAMS FORK MOUNTAINS...WINTER PARK...ESTES PARK...GLENDEVEY...
NEDERLAND...RED FEATHER LAKES...BAILEY...CENTRAL CITY...
EVERGREEN...GEORGETOWN...IDAHO SPRINGS...WESTCREEK...
FORT COLLINS...HEREFORD...LOVELAND...NUNN...ARVADA...BOULDER...
GOLDEN...LAKEWOOD...LONGMONT...AURORA...BRIGHTON...
CITY OF DENVER...DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...HIGHLANDS RANCH...
LITTLETON...PARKER...CASTLE ROCK...ELBERT...FONDIS...KIOWA...
LARKSPUR...EATON...FORT LUPTON...GREELEY...ROGGEN
412 AM MDT SUN SEP 15 2013

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF CENTRAL COLORADO...NORTH CENTRAL COLORADO AND
  NORTHEAST COLORADO...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN
  CENTRAL COLORADO...JEFFERSON AND WEST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE
  6000 FEET/GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/NORTHEAST PARK COUNTIES BELOW
  9000 FEET AND SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST GRAND/WEST CENTRAL AND
  SOUTHWEST BOULDER/GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/SUMMIT/NORTH AND WEST
  PARK COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET. IN NORTH CENTRAL COLORADO...
  LARIMER COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTHWEST WELD COUNTY...LARIMER
  AND BOULDER COUNTIES BETWEEN 6000 AND 9000 FEET AND SOUTH AND
  EAST JACKSON/LARIMER/NORTH AND NORTHEAST GRAND/NORTHWEST
  BOULDER COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET. IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...
  BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES BELOW 6000 FEET/WEST BROOMFIELD
  COUNTY...CENTRAL AND SOUTH WELD COUNTY...ELBERT/CENTRAL AND
  EAST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET AND NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY
  BELOW 6000 FEET/DENVER/WEST ADAMS AND ARAPAHOE COUNTIES/EAST
  BROOMFIELD COUNTY.

* THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON

* ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE INCH WITH UP TO 2 INCHES IN
  THE MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Upper Coal Creek Road Conditions 9/15 6:00AM

Highway 72 is closed to all traffic from Pinecliffe on the west side to Blue Mountain Drive on the east side.

The highway is closed at Pincliffe due to the road damage seen in this picture.  Please respect all road blocks and emergency signs in the area.  Driving over the closed and severely damaged roads not only puts yourself at risk but puts emergency personnel at risk as well.

Picture courtesy of Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department

Twin Spruce Gap Road was closed for a few hours overnight to allow for additional repairs.  The road remains open at this time but the conditions could change any time.  Please use extreme caution when driving in this area.

Please stay off and away from Twin Spruce Gap road, particularly as it approaches the highway 72 intersection.  There have been reports the the amount of traffic and vehicles parked along side the road may be hampering the ability for emergency crews to travel through the area.

Golden Gate Canyon remains closed from highway 93 to Robinson Hill.  This is due to the potential for additional landslides in the area.

Additional information via Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department (as posted on their blog):

Potential Issues with Gas from Kwik Mart:
"We have had reports of water in the gas from Kwik Mart. The gas is reported as compromised with water and could cause car troubles, where cars will not start or could cut out. If you have purchased gas there be cautious if you drive out of canyon.
Note: The gas was tested as not contaminated, but reports have been that the cars will not start after fueling up."

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Video of National Guard Assisting with #JeffcoFlood Recovery and Response 9/14

The Colorado National Guard arrived in Jefferson County on Saturday, 9/14, to help with flooding relief. A highwater vehicle filled with sandbags left Arvada around noon and headed to Upper Bear Creek Road above Evergreen where overflow was threatening several homes. After sandbags were unloaded and placed at the first residence some were loaded onto another truck and taken to an adjoining neighbor’s property.

Flash flood warning in effect for SE Jefferson County #JeffCoFlood


     Flash flood warning in effect for SE Jefferson County. Be aware - turn around - don't drown!

    Link to original post.


Flash Flood Warning

FLASH FLOOD STATEMENT...CORRECTION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
515 PM MDT SAT SEP 14 2013

...CORRECTED DESCRIPTION OF PORTIONS OF COUNTIES...

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JEFFERSON CO-DOUGLAS CO-
515 PM MDT SAT SEP 14 2013

...THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 PM MDT FOR
SOUTHEASTERN JEFFERSON AND WESTERN DOUGLAS COUNTIES...

AT 511 PM MDT...TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED FLASH FLOODING ON
HIGHWAY 105 FROM DAWSON NORTH TO JACKSON CREEK ROAD.  MULTIPLE
LOCATIONS HAD WATER FLOWING OVER THE ROAD. WEST PLUM CREEK WAS ALSO
REPORTED TO BE APPROACHING BANK FULL LEVELS.

SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
DECKERS...PERRY PARK...CHEESMAN RESERVOIR...DEVILS HEAD AND
SPRUCEWOOD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM THIS STORM WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING OF CREEKS
AND STREAMS...ROADS AND ROADSIDE CULVERTS.  THE HEAVY RAINS COULD
ALSO TRIGGER ROCK SLIDES OR DEBRIS FLOWS IN STEEP TERRAIN.

STAY AWAY OR BE SWEPT AWAY. RIVER BANKS AND CULVERTS CAN BECOME
UNSTABLE AND UNSAFE.

&&

LAT...LON 3936 10497 3924 10497 3915 10525 3928 10530
      3936 10510

$$

BARJENBRUCH



Aerial Photos from Around the #JeffcoFlood Area

View the complete album on facebook.






New Flash Flood Warning from NWS: Expires 3:45 9/14

Direct link

Flash Flood Warning

FLASH FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
237 PM MDT SAT SEP 14 2013

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JEFFERSON CO-CLEAR CREEK CO-
237 PM MDT SAT SEP 14 2013

...THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 345 PM MDT FOR
WEST CENTRAL JEFFERSON AND SOUTHEASTERN CLEAR CREEK COUNTIES...

AT 237 PM MDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THAT RAIN HAD DECREASED
ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. RAINFALL HAD TOTALLED ABOUT 1 TO 1.25 INCHES
IN THE BROOKVALE AREA...LIKELY PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING.

SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
EVERGREEN AND BROOKVALE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM THIS STORM WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING OF CREEKS
AND STREAMS...ROADS AND ROADSIDE CULVERTS.  THE HEAVY RAINS COULD
ALSO TRIGGER ROCK SLIDES OR DEBRIS FLOWS IN STEEP TERRAIN.

TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

&&

LAT...LON 3967 10554 3969 10540 3965 10532 3958 10534
      3953 10540 3957 10540 3957 10555

$$

Evergreen is Open for Business, 74 is open.

We have just confirmed that downtown Evergreen is open.  Highway 74 is now open through Evergreen.

The Forest Hill Road bridge into downtown Evergreen is open.

Independence Trail bridge remains closed.

Please exercise caution when driving through the area.

Upper Coal Creek Canyon Update

Emergency crews have successfully evacuated six residents who where stranded in homes along an isolated area on highway 72.

Two additional residents are currently in the process of being evacuated from another address along highway 72.

Damage assessments continue to take place within the area.  Additional updates will be posted as they come available.

New #JeffcoFlood warning issued by the National Weather Service Expires: 7:45PM 9/14

Please be prepared for additional rain, thunderstorms and potential for flooding within Jefferson County (and along the front range).



Flood Warning

FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
750 AM MDT SAT SEP 14 2013

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WELD CO-PARK CO-JEFFERSON CO-LARIMER CO-CLEAR CREEK CO-BROOMFIELD CO-
GILPIN CO-BOULDER CO-
750 AM MDT SAT SEP 14 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR...
  WESTERN WELD COUNTY IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...
  NORTHEASTERN PARK COUNTY IN CENTRAL COLORADO...
  JEFFERSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...
  LARIMER COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL COLORADO...
  EASTERN CLEAR CREEK COUNTY IN CENTRAL COLORADO...
  BROOMFIELD COUNTY IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...
  GILPIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL COLORADO...
  BOULDER COUNTY IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...

* UNTIL 745 PM MDT SATURDAY

* AT 741 AM MDT...EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLOODING CONTINUING
  IN NUMEROUS LOCATIONS FROM THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE DENVER
  METRO AREA NORTH TO THE FORT COLLINS AREA. SOME OF THE PLACES
  WHERE FLOODING WAS OCCURRING INCLUDED THE ST VRAIN
  RIVER...LEFTHAND CREEK...BOULDER CREEK...AND COAL CREEK FROM
  EASTERN BOULDER COUNTY INTO WELD COUNTY...THE BIG THOMPSON AND
  LITTLE THOMPSON RIVERS...AND CACHE LA POUDRE RIVER IN LARIMER AND
  WELD COUNTIES. THERE ARE WIDESPREAD ROAD CLOSURES AND SOME ROADS
  AND BRIDGES HAVE BEEN WASHED OUT.

THE AREAL FLOOD WARNING HAS EXPIRED FOR LOCATIONS IN DENVER
COUNTY...ADAMS COUNTY...WHICH ALSO INCLUDES THE CITY OF AURORA. NO
FURTHER REPORTS OF FLOODING HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN THESE LOCATIONS.

ADDITIONAL SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL AGAIN BE POSSIBLE THIS
AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT OVER FLOODED AREAS. THE ADDITIONAL RAIN MAY
CAUSE RENEWED FLOODING IN AREAS WHERE THE WATER HAS RECEDED. BE
PREPARED TO EVACUATE IF YOU LIVE IN A LOW LYING AREA.  HAVE YOUR
IMPORTANT PERSONAL BELONGINGS TOGETHER IN THE EVENT OF AN
EVACUATION.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
  FORT COLLINS...GREELEY...LAKEWOOD...ARVADA...WESTMINSTER...
  BOULDER...LONGMONT...LOVELAND...BROOMFIELD...SOUTHWESTERN
  LITTLETON...BRIGHTON...WHEAT RIDGE...LAFAYETTE...GOLDEN...
  WINDSOR...EVANS...LOUISVILLE...ERIE...EVERGREEN...SUPERIOR...
  FIRESTONE...JOHNSTOWN...FREDERICK...FORT LUPTON...WELLINGTON...
  ESTES PARK...MILLIKEN...BERTHOUD...DACONO AND MEAD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED.
STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED.
HOWEVER...ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS
IMMEDIATELY.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS...HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES IN URBAN AREAS.
ADDITIONALLY...COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF
CREEKS...STREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

&&

LAT...LON 4000 10474 4001 10502 3988 10506 3964 10508
      3963 10511 3963 10508 3948 10510 3948 10513
      3945 10513 3939 10540 3961 10566 3992 10562
      4030 10563 4098 10609 4099 10476

$$

ENTREKIN

From USPS: Mail for Upper Coal Creek Canyon held in Golden


"Mail for Coal Creek Crescent, 81121, will be held at the Golden Post Office, located at 1100 Johnson Road in Golden"

#JeffcoFlood Colorado National Guard Here to Assist

We have Colorado National Guard Soldiers out in #JeffcoFlood areas to help with rescue and recovery efforts throughout the County.  This includes everything from sand bagging to getting residents and vehicles out of flooded areas.  The vehicle you see in these pictures is a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle.  Its main mission is to transport soldiers and cargo.  While here in Jefferson County, it can be taken off road, it's versatile and a high profile vehicle making it ideal for going into areas with deep flooding.  The vehicle is strong enough to tow a semi-truck.  So whatever is needed during flood recovery efforts, the Colorado National Guard is here to help.  We thank them for everything they do.







Please Provide your #JeffcoFlood Photos & Videos


#JeffcoFlood 7 Day Weather Forecast (9/14)


  • TodayA 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.
  • TonightA chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • SundayShowers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 64. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
  • Sunday NightA chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
  • MondayA slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Monday NightA 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
  • TuesdaySunny, with a high near 79.
  • Tuesday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 51.
  • WednesdayA slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
  • Wednesday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 48.
  • ThursdayMostly sunny, with a high near 73.
  • Thursday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 50.
  • FridayMostly sunny, with a high near 76.