A briefing was held at the Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center within the last hour to summarize the effects of flooding on the residents and infrastructure of Jefferson County. Incident Commander Andy Parker stressed that the most important objective for the operations during this incident is to protect the health and safety of the residents and first responders working in the county.
The main message about the future of operations is that conditions are expected to worsen as the storm progresses overnight. Residents can keep tract of closures, evacuations and other pertinent public safety information on this blog, on Facebook at , and Twitter. Our Google map has been updated:
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Rain in the Jefferson County foothills is currently falling at an inch an hour and is expected to increase, especially after midnight.
Golden Gate Canyon Road has been closed due to unsafe conditions beyond two miles from Hwy 93.
There are about 1400 homes without gas service in the area where Hwy 73 is closed in Coal Creek Canyon and there is no estimate of when service will be restored.
Earlier today emergency personnel went door to door in Coal Creek Canyon to make sure all residents have been notified to evacuate. A seven mile stretch of the highway was physically walked as part of this effort.
The evacuation center for all evacuees is the RalstonValley HighSchool, 13355 W. 80th Avenue. It is advisable for evacuated residents to check in with the evacuation site to advise officials of their location even if they don't plan to stay there.
There are two swift water rescue teams which are on call when needed: The Golden Swift Water Rescue Team and the Coal Creek Swift Water Rescue Team.