Larimer County Flood Information Update: September 17 at 2 PM
Information provided by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office
Despite a delay in getting the helicopters up in the air Monday because of the weather, crews were able to evacuate 420 people yesterday, which include 250 people from the Pinewood Springs area. Weather today is expected to be very good and is allowing for a full day of rescue operations. Weather outlook for the rest of the week looks favorable with only slight chances for afternoon storms in the middle of the week.
Air rescues continue today and there are approximately 600 stranded people left to evacuate in isolated areas.
FEMA's two, 80-person search and rescue teams along with Larimer County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dropped into numerous locations to begin assessing the damage and searching for stranded residents.
420 people were rescued yesterday, September 16th. 250 of those rescued were from the Pinewood Springs area.
Total number of rescued as of Tuesday morning, September 17th is 1,041 people.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE CENTER AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER
The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #B (for Benefits), Loveland CO 80537 and will open beginning September 18, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. This is the old Agilent/HP Building.
The Disaster Assistance Center is a one-stop location for flood survivors to come and have all their questions answered. Representatives from government agencies, insurance providers, health and human services, volunteer organizations, utility companies and more will be available for one-on-one information. Free tetanus shots also available.
The DAC is planned on operating for at least 6-8 weeks and is co-sponsored by the City of Loveland and Larimer County.
The Disaster Distribution Center is available to anyone impacted by the Larimer County 2013 Flood and is NOW OPEN. Supplies are free and include personal items, household items and non-perishable food. The Distribution Center is located at 815 14th Street SW, Building #D (for Donations), Loveland, CO 80537.
THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
It is critical for your safety that you not attempt to reenter evacuated areas or closed roadways/bridges without updated information.
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OR PASS ROAD BLOCKS - You are putting your life and those of emergency responders at risk if you do. Drivers are reminded not to circumvent roadblocks either by bypassing them or using alternate routes to get into the area. Roads are not safe even if they appear to be. It is dangerous to be on closed roads. Violators will be ticketed.
FINDING MISSING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.
The American Red Cross Safe and Well website should be used to find someone or post information about your location for your family and friends. This website is www.safeandwell.org. The Red Cross is currently working on registering all evacuees at the local shelters.
PHONE/SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
The public information line is 970-498-5500. This number can also be used to report missing or unaccounted person(s) in Larimer County. For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone and email atleta911.org.
Local Residents can call United Way 211 for to volunteer, give donations, get shelter information and community information. Non-local residents can call 1-866-485-0211 for the same information.
The most current updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter sites: www.facebook.com/larimersheriff and @LarimerSheriff
The media briefing schedule for 3:00 p.m. today has been moved to Christman Field, which is where helicopters are flying out of and bringing in evacuees. Christman Airfield is located off Laporte Avenue, west of North Overland Trail and is behind the National Guard Armory.
A Media tour of the lower end of the Big Thompson Canyon has been scheduled for 5:00 p.m. this afternoon. Media is asked to stage at the roadblock located at Highway 34 and Glade Road on the west side of Loveland.