Heavy Rain causes Flooding in South Central Weld County

LAST EVENING...WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATED THAT 3 TO 5
INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD ACROSS PORTIONS OF
SOUTHWEST WELD COUNTY. THE AREA IS RELATIVELY FLAT AND MOSTLY
AGRICULTURAL LAND.

AS OF EARLY THIS MORNING THE WELD COUNTY SHERIFF`S DEPARTMENT AND
TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS HAVE REPORTED THAT A NUMBER OF COUNTY
ROADS...BOTH UNPAVED AND PAVED...WERE EITHER COVERED BY FLOOD WATERS
OR WASHED OUT LAST EVENING.

ACCORDING TO RADAR ESTIMATES...THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL LAST EVENING
OCCURRED IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY  U.S. HIGHWAY 85 ON THE WEST...WELD
COUNTY ROAD 10 TO THE SOUTH...WELD COUNTY ROAD 49 TO THE EAST AND
WELD COUNTY ROAD 22 TO THE NORTH.

THE INTERSECTION OF WELD COUNTY ROADS 18 AND 39 JUST NORTH OF THE
PLATTE VALLEY AIRPORT WAS WASHOUT OUT. WEATHER SPOTTERS TO THE NORTH
AND EAST OF FORT LUPTON REPORTED DRIVEWAYS EITHER DAMAGED OR WASHED
OUT AS WELL AS QUITE A BIT OF STANDING WATER IN THE FIELDS AND IN
DITCHES ALONG ROADWAYS. ONE SPOTTER 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF FORT LUPTON
REPORTED THAT WATER WAS STILL 4 TO 6 FEET DEEP IN FIELDS AROUND HER
HOUSE...AND THAT HER BASEMENT WAS FLOODED.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EMPLOYEE EARLY THIS MORNING CAME ACROSS A
SMALL CHURCH SURROUNDED BY STANDING WATER UP TO THE TOP OF ITS
FOUNDATION NEAR THE INTERSECTION ON WELD COUNTY ROAD 18 AND U.S.
HIGHWAY 85 NORTH OF FORT LUPTON.

EVEN THOUGH RAINFALL HAS BEEN IN THE AREA...WATER LEVELS WILL BE
SLOW TO FALL IN THE AREA HARDEST HIT BY THUNDERSTORMS LAST EVENING.
IF TRAVELING IN THIS PORTION OF WELD COUNTY...BE AWARE THAT SOME
RURAL ROADS WILL BE IMPASSABLE.

MOTORISTS ARE STILL URGED TO AVOID LOCATIONS ALONG AND NORTH OF A
LINE BETWEEN FORT LUPTON AND HUDSON AND EXTENDING NORTHWARD TO
MILTON RESERVOIR. ROADS IN THE AREA MAY STILL BE COVERED BY STANDING
FLOOD WATER...DAMAGED OR WASHED OUT.

BAKER



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