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June 5, 2014
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Greeley flood: Voluntary evactuation lifted, 35th Avenue reopens

UPDATE, 5 p.m.: Greeley officials have reopened 35th Avenue and lifted the voluntary evactuation notice in that area south of the Poudre Ponds.

The river appears to have peaked yesterday afternoon, officials say.

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UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: The National Weather Service is reporting that river flow on the Poudre River near Greeley has finally dipped below 9 feet.

The organization is reporting river flow at 8.99 feet, although that is still nearly a foot higher than flood-stage.

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UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: Jerry Pickett, Greeley’s street superintendent, said he has received reports that standing floodwater in Greeley is receding by a small amount.

Pickett said Greeley’s wastewater treatment plant is showing a recession of about 300 cubic feet per second.

“It’s not huge, but it still helps,” Pickett said.

He said 35th Avenue will likely reopen today, but the other road closures in Greeley — including 6th, 25th, 71st, 83rd and 95th avenues, D Street and 5th Streets — remain in place.

Pickett said it will likely take several days for water to recede enough to reopen those roads.

“There’s still a lot of water in the outlying areas that has to make it to the river,” he said.

Pickett said Island Grove’s Stampede Arena, which had about a foot of water beneath the grandstands on the northeast side, is in good shape.

A tractor pull scheduled for the weekend is still on, Pickett said.

He said city officials spent all day yesterdy and last night pumping water, and they are running a tractor over the soil in the arena to dry it more quickly.

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The Poudre River is receding slightly in the Greeley area, although it remains above flood level and the decline is probably not enough to provide relief for Weld County residents who are experiencing floodwaters.

At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, the gauge on the Poudre in east Greeley was at 9.02 feet. That’s good news after it reached 9.17 feet Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service is forecasting the Greeley river gauge to stay at about 9 feet for the next 24 hours before falling into the upper 8’s by midday Thursday.

The gauge on the Poudre River near Fort Collins was at 8.39 feet this morning, although that is up from 7.8 feet at 9:45 p.m. last night. Flood stage on the Poudre near Fort Collins is 10.5 feet, and in the Greeley area it is 8 feet.

The South Platte River near Kersey is at 9.7 feet this morning; flood stage is 10 feet.

For flooding updates today, check back at The Tribune’s website.

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