EVANS - Riverside Stables is no longer on the river, it's in it.
Most of the farm's pasture is a pond, swallowed-up by an epic 500 to 1000 year flood.
Laura Speer says the wall of water was "like a tsunami."
Speer had just minutes to evacuate 11 horses from their now submerged stables.
"This is our life. This is how I make my money and my business. And it's all gone now," said Speer.
The water spared Speers' home and barn by a few feet.
Some of her neighbors lost everything.
Weld County deputies rescued 30 people from a mobile home park which is now in ruins.
The Riverside ballpark is also underwater.
"Now that tells you that's a lot of water," said Evans public works employee Apache Solis.
Solis is working through the weekend picking up what the South Platte left behind.
"If it ever goes down there's gonna be a lot of debris," said Solis.
Warren Speer would have thought it was a fish tale if he didn't see for himself half-a-dozen large concrete tanks floating onto his farm.
"It was unbelievable," said Speer. "We saw one go across over here and it smacked a tree over there."
The Speers wonder how they'll recover with no flood insurance and acres of destruction.
"It's devastating," said Speer. "Excellent pasture down through here that I've worked years on, it's all gone."
River water has never touched Riverside Stables in the 61 years the Speer family has lived here.
"A couple of real good farming guys will come in and help me next spring to get things back in shape," said Speer.
Evans Public Works crews say people need to stay away from the flood water because it is carrying a lot of debris.
The First Avenue Treatment Plant in the City of Evans is still out of service as of Saturday afternoon.
It is unknown at this time how long the system will be down, but they are evaluating all available options to restore service as quickly as possible.
Residents affected are:
- All lands in the Evans city limits and unincorporated Weld County east of 29th Avenue and north of the South Platte River.
- Hunter's Reserve Subdivision north of Park View Drive and east of Mountain View Drive.
- Carriage Estates subdivision in unincorporated Weld County.
Residents need to refrain from all use of wastewater systems, including:
- Do not flush toilets
- Do not do laundry
- Do not bathe
- Do not shower
- Do not wash dishes
Port-o-lets will be available in the affected areas by Saturday afternoon.
The Municipal Water System is fully operational, and the water is safe to drink.
The Red Cross has a shelter established at the Greeley Recreation Center at 651 10th Street in Greeley.
140 roads are currently closed in Weld County due to flooding.
The sheriff has deployed 18 deputies, who are working 12-hour shifts in the flooded areas.
Anyone in Weld County who needs help or who would like to donate can call 211.
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