KUSA - The flood waters have adversely affected the Headworks pumping station for the City of Sterling's wastewater treatment facility forcing Sterling and any outlying subdivisions that are on the city sanitary sewer system to go on a "No Flush Order" and limit water usage until further notice.
This order applies to all domestic water use including showers, baths, laundry and toilet usage.
"We realize this is a huge inconvenience for the residents of Sterling but the system has been shut down and high usage could result in residential and commercial sanitary sewer back-up conditions," said Bob Owens, Logan County emergency manager. "We are working as fast as we can to address the situation but until the flood water recedes and damage can be assessed we are unable to start repair."
The Logan County Office of Emergency Management is releasing the mandatory evacuation for those areas south of Sugar Mill Road in Sterling, including the towns of Merino and Atwood. The evacuation is still in effect for the river basin north of Sugar Mill Road.
Residents are urged to take extreme caution as they cross roads and enter flooded areas. Any flood water still present should be considered contaminated and residents are urged to stay out of it.
The Northeast Colorado Health Department has several resources available on their website, www.nchd.org
, that address cleanup after a disaster, food and water safety after a flood, boil water instructions if your water supply has been compromised, and well disinfection instructions if your well flooded. Since flood waters are contaminated it is strongly suggested that residents use personal protective equipment, such as gloves, as they begin cleanup.
For more information, call City of Sterling (970) 522-9700.