LONGMONT - Flood waters receded in Longmont Friday, after raging rivers cut the city into thirds Thursday night.
Residents of the Willow Creek and Renaissance neighborhoods are being allowed to return home with noted restrictions.
These neighborhoods are bordered by Airport Road to the west, Nelson Road to the north, Quail Road to the south and Grandview Meadows Drive to the east.
As of 6 p.m. Friday, 1,200 electric customers from Longmont to Lyons remain without power. City officials say the water in Longmont is safe to drink.
According to National Weather Service data, the St. Vrain River in Lyons reached 8.75 feet Thursday night. That is the second highest level recorded on the river.
In Longmont, Lefthand Creek, which flows into the St. Vrain River, also flooded damaging neighborhoods and parks.
Residents in the Southmoor Park neighborhood say some homes have flooded basements, but a recent flood mitigation project along Lefthand Creek saved most homes from damage.
The flooding forced the closure of many of the major streets in Longmont, but officials say they have opened the following roads as water receded:
- South Main St. (Highway 287) from Ken Pratt Blvd. south through Longmont.
- The Diagonal Highway Boulder Bound and Longmont Bound is open all the way through Longmont to County Road 1.
- Highway 119 east of County Road 1 is still closed.
- Nelson Rd. is open from Ken Pratt Blvd. to 75th St. 75th St. is open south.
- The bridge at Martin St. between 3rd Ave and Ken Pratt Blvd is open. You may also access Ken Pratt Blvd at 3rd Ave.
- Highway 66 is currently east, but I-25 is closed from Highway 7 to Wyoming.
- Hwy 287 is open north of Longmont.
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