Reliable Flood Resources
Register to receive emergency alerts on your phone.
You may sign up to receive alerts via cell phone, landlines, email or text message. To sign up for alerts, go to leta911.org/emergency-notifications for Larimer County or http://www.co.weld.co.us/Departments/OEM/.
Stay away from rivers and streams and any moving water.
Also, don't play in or drink floodwater. Water may be contaminated with partially treated sewage and wastewater.
- Keep children and/or pets out of the water and clean all toys that have come in contact with the water.
- Wash hands well after contact with the water.
- If you have open wounds that come in contact with the water, check with your doctor about receiving a tetanus booster shot.
- If you've been in contact with possibly contaminated water and develop diarrhea, vomiting or fever, see your health provider as soon as possible.
- People who get their drinking water from small water systems or private wells should boil their drinking water if there is a suspicion that the water systems were impacted by the flood. This can be done by bringing the water to a boil, let it boil for three minutes and let it cool before using or use bottled water.
Stay off the road
If you need to drive somewhere, be prepared. Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Floodwaters are often deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.
Do not drive through floodwater. Turn around, don't drown.
If possible, stay in touch with local media sources, the National Weather Service and local law enforcement communication. The National Weather Service is the best source for weather updates. The following terms are commonly used by the National Weather Service:
- Watch – Severe weather is possible – be alert.
- Warning – severe weather has been reported or imminent – take precautions immediately.
Protect yourself during cleanup.
When it's safe to be outdoors, here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect yourself and your family from potentially contaminated floodwater that may contain sewage and chemical hazards.
- Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
- Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
- Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
- Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings and most paper products).
- Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or floodwaters.
- Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.
- After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for one minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands).
- Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of ? teaspoon [~0.75 milliliters] of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use solution of ¼ teaspoon (~1.5 milliliters) of household bleach per 1 gallon of water.
Where to look for reliable weather updates.
The National Weather Service lets you check the weather in your area by zip code. Stay up-to-date by checking the site for forecasts and warnings.
How to find Larimer and Weld road closures.
Larimer County and Weld County offer maps of road closures and flood areas on their websites. The Colorado Department of Transportation also hosts a comprehensive list of road closures throughout the state on its website. If you must leave your home, plan your route carefully and expect delays. Remember, if you see floodwaters, do not attempt to drive through them. Turn around, don’t drown.
How to find out about evacuations and where to find shelter.
Register for emergency alerts to receive evacuation notifications by phone from Larimer County or Weld County. This free service provides alerts through phone calls, text messages and email.
For a list of shelters, check listings by the American Red Cross Colorado chapters or theSalvation Army.
Where to take animals.
The Larimer Humane Society is prepared to temporarily shelter household animals — dogs, cats, bird, fish or poultry. Animal owners should coordinate a drop-off in advance. Livestock, goats, sheep, pigs and horses can be taken to the Ranchway Feeds building at Budweiser Events Center and should be brought to the west pavilion. Large animal owners do not need to call ahead before bringing their animals. Additionally, Colorado State University is on standby to take in additional animals as needed.
How to help others.
HelpColoradoNow.org is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. This initiative brings together government agencies and non-profit organizations so they may better assist communities affected by disasters. Visit their website to learn how to help those affected by flooding in Colorado.