LARIMER COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – The Larimer County Dive Rescue Team recovered a body from the Poudre River near Arrowhead Lodge Tuesday night. The sheriff’s office reports that two people are missing in the burn scar on Cameron Peak after a flash flood.
The flood destroyed at least five homes along Highway 14 near Rustic. The flood destroyed bridges and littered the river with debris.
Highway 14 remains closed west of Rustic to Cameron Pass. The road is now open east of Rustic to Hwy 287 at Ted’s Place. Poudre Valley REA is working to restore power west of Rustic, but crews are struggling to cross the river.
The worst damage is west of Rustic on Highway 14 near Black Hollow Creek Road. The sheriff’s office suspended the mandatory evacuation around 10:30 p.m. for people living east of Rustic.
“Clear the area immediately and as quickly as possible. Don’t hesitate to go collect your belongings or make an effort to protect your home or business. An immediate evacuation not only contributes to your safety, but also enables the emergency services to have better access to the area, ”the sheriff’s officials said at around 7.45 pm
This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with an emergency message. The area from Joe Wright Reservoir east to the intersection of County Road 69 and Rustic is subject to dangerous flooding. Immediately reach higher terrain by all means https://t.co/MTx1hC6LXm
– Larimer Sheriff (@LarimerSheriff) July 21, 2021
The Red Cross has an evacuation center at CLP Middle School at 3515 W County Road 54G.
James Czarnecki tells CBS4 that the river went from being a clear river to several meters of rubble. He and a friend went from campsite to campsite warning dozens of people and anglers in the river.
“I was amazed at how quickly the river went from being completely clear on a normal river day to a state where there were debris flows from bank to bank and the water rose two and a half feet in a matter of 15-20 seconds”, said Czarnecki. “I don’t think people understand how flash floods can work. This was the first one I had seen and I was amazed. “
Some campers tell Alan Gionet of CBS4 that they saw large logs drifting down the river.
Wayne Couch II shared a video west of Arrowhead Lodge saying there is a house and a vehicle in the river.
West of Arrowhead Lodge in Poudre Canyon. There is a house and a vehicle in the river. pic.twitter.com/MhRRbZqpia
– Wayne Couch II (@waynecouchmd) July 21, 2021
Poudre Valley REA reports that more than 100 customers in the Rustic area are without power. They add mudslides in the area that knocked down multiple power lines as of 7:40 p.m.
Update from 7:40 p.m.: Early reports suggest that there are mudslides in the area that create lines several miles long. The crews assess the damage as they can safely do it. Currently no recovery time estimate. We’ll keep posting updates as we know more.
– Poudre Valley REA (@PoudreValleyREA) July 21, 2021
The Canyon Lakes Ranger District announced that campsites along Highway 14 will be closed on Wednesday.
A common information center has been opened. Residents with questions can call 970-980-2500.