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Rising rivers lead to minor flooding in Weld County; waters expected to recede

Weld County’s waterways crested their banks in several spots Wednesday, leading to minor flooding in Kersey and LaSalle. Waters also rose in Greeley, prompting some renewed street closures.

Rivers were expected to subside today, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the state Division of Water Resources website, river gauges at three main waterways in Weld were at or above flood stage Wednesday morning.

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  • The Poudre at Greeley was at 8.1 feet Wednesday evening; flood stage if 8 feet.
  • The South Platte River at Kersey hit 10.76 feet Wednesday evening; flood stage was at 10 feet.
  • The Saint Vrain Creek at Platteville was at 8.63 feet Wednesday evening.
  • The Big Thompson River at LaSalle was at 8.58 feet; flood stage is 8 feet.

So far, Weld County has 17 roads closed due to flooding, with each new closure being pushed to the east with the river flows. Greeley renewed the closure of three roads near the Poudre River.

“The ground is saturated, and there is nowhere for it to go,” said Jennifer Finch, spokeswoman for Weld County government.

Finch said the Big Thompson rose Wednesday, pushing more water through Milliken, Johnstown and LaSalle.

“The good news is that higher up, the Big Thompson is already going down,” she said. “When the guages indicate the river levels are going down (upstream), that’s good news.”

Finch said most closures are due to standing water, and not specifically damage created by the flooding.

“There’s been some repair that needs to be done to some roads, but most roads just have water and we need to wait until the water recedes” to see if there’s any extra damage.

Carl Harvey, police chief and operations director for LaSalle, said the town has only experienced minor flooding in some of the industrial areas on Weld County Road 394. Harvey said there was no flooding within LaSalle city limits and no road closures. LaSalle is not expecting to close any roads because of flooding in the near future, Harvey said.

Greeley officials asked residents to take the rising water seriously and stay clear of river banks. Residents also are advised to obey barriers and not try to pass through standing water, where hazards may be hidden.

Today’s forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of showers with thunderstorms possible, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature is expected to be in the low 60s. By nightfall, the chance of precipitation will increase to 60 percent.

On Friday, there is a 60 percent chance of precipitation. After 1 p.m., there is a chance of thunderstorms. A chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected into the weekend, with temperatures ranging from the upper 40s to lower 60s.

This article was from Greeley Tribune, Colo. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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