EVANS - Responders have made significant progress in stabilizing the Evans and Milliken flood areas.
Water levels are at 14.5 feet, and authorities are asking everyone to avoid all standing and moving water in flood areas.
Although all flood water are expected to recede below flood stage later on Tuesday, it's important to remember that a vehicle can easily be carried away by just two feet of floodwater. Areas where water has receded may not be safe. The water and landscape can be contaminated with hazardous materials, such as sharp debris, pesticides, fuel, and untreated sewage.
Evans has five crews working to assess the integrity of sewer, stormwater and water lines. Several crews and resources from Greeley have been provided to assist recovery efforts. With the flood water receding, officials anticipate gaining access to the Wastewater Treatment Plant to evaluate the status of the damage to the plant.
Responders and crews will be working with three Red Cross disaster assessment teams to complete preliminary damage assessments on buildings in the flood zone. This will allow building inspectors to determine extend of damage and if building is safe.
Colorado Department of Transportation is assessing all bridges in the Weld County area. Crews working at the bridge on Highway 60 south out of Milliken and anticipating opening the bridge later on Tuesday.
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