West metro rain continues to cause evacuations, closures
The flood waters have impacted the city on several fronts.
There are no breaches in the Arvada Blunn Reservoir or Leyden Dam. Both of these water sources are spilling over just as designed.
Just before 6 a.m. this morning, the Ralston Water Treatment and Arvada Water Treatment were shut down due to excessive silt in the water related to the weather. Ralston Water Treatment was back online after 9 a.m. The city asked all Arvada Water customers to conserve water use.
According to information provided by the city, the staff at the Ralston Water Treatment Plant is making attempts to reduce the silt (turbidity levels). The state will assess the silt levels and determine what steps water customers will need to take in order to be safe.
Cheryl Keydel, owner of an Alpaca ranch on Indiana Street near 78th Avenue, had to relocate 60 alpacas to a friend's house and to higher ground at the property.
"I was just shocked that there was that much water that fast,” Keydel said.
City officials measured close to a foot of water running through Keydel's property, where the city had dug a trench to help divert water from the property to Croke Canal.
"They (the city) did a really good job digging that trench," she said. "I’m proud of them."
Keydel said her ranch sustained minor damages to fences and one shed.
"It’s easing up, I don’t feel like we’re in any danger anymore," she added.
Van Arsdale Elementary, Oberon Middle School and Ralston Valley High School closed for the day due to potential flooding.
Nearly 140 sixth-graders from Thomson Elementary and Swanson Elementary schools in Arvada were stranded at the Mount Evans Outdoor Lab school site Friday, after the roadway through Evergreen became impassable. The students were reportedly dry and safe with ample provisions. More information on the student's status is available by calling Communications Services at 303-982-6808.
At 1:30 a.m. a voluntary evacuation call was placed to 23,000 to 25,000 businesses and residences potentially affecting 50,000 people. The area encompasses about 50 percent of the city.
The city is emphasizing that this is a voluntary evacuation, and will remain in effect until a forecasted rain cell passes at 3:30 p.m.
As of Friday, 8:30 a.m. road closures include:
• Quaker Street from approximately 74th to 82nd
• Indiana Street from approximately 72nd Avenue to 80th
• Highway 72 from Indiana to Highway 93
• Alkire from approximately 74th to 78th avenues
• 80th at Hoyt (Eastbound lane only)
• Highway 93 from Boulder to Golden
The city of Golden has not been inconvenienced too much by the historic weather hitting almost every part of the state. Here are a few areas affected by the weather to watch out for:
Clear Creek RV Park 1400 10th Street in Golden has been evacuated due to flooding conditions as Clear Creek banks begin to fill with water, paths remain open for now.
South Golden Road at Mount Vernon has reopened, even as crews continue working on removing a utility truck that fell into a creek ditch near Joe B's affordable classic cars on Sept. 12.
Coal Creek Canyon, Highway 72 remains closed up to Robinson Hill with many driveways on Twin Spruce impassable.
Golden Gate Canyon is still closed; crews may need to blast they are in order to prevent rock and dirt slides.
Both North and South Table Mountain had beautiful waterfalls begin on Sept. 12 due to constant down pour. City officials warned residents to stay away from those area as rainfall could loosed rocks and even boulders, like the one that rolled onto Belvedere Street on South Table Mountain on Sept. 11.
At around 8:24 p.m. on Thursday evening the 300 residents of the Lena Gulch area — from Youngfield St. northeast across Maple Grove Reservoir to W. 29th Ave. — were put on pre-evacuation notice.
The city opened its emergency call center to help residents with questions.
By 8:16 a.m. today, the notice was lifted and the call center has been closed.
CDOT issued a travel advisory for all motorists to avoid travel on state highways and interstates in Boulder, Larimer, Jefferson, and Clear Creek counties.