Windsor residents were landlocked during the weekend as flood waters from the Poudre River peaked early Saturday morning.
Major roads leading into Windsor were closed due to the flooding. The Colorado Department of Transportation shut down Colo. 392 from Larimer County Road 5 to 17th Street on Friday afternoon.
As of noon Saturday, Colo. 257 at the Poudre River was closed, and Colo. 257 was closed from Eastman Park to Crossroads Boulevard. Seventh Street between Eastman Park Drive and New liberty Road was closed. County Road 13 north of Main Street and Colo. 392, and County Road 13 at the Poudre River was closed.
“None of the road closures are due to the bridges being impacted, it’s just a matter of water going across the road,” said Terry Walker, director of public works for the Town of Windsor, at around noon Saturday. “Even though the roads are dry, it doesn’t mean they’re passable until we get the final inspection by the (CDOT) bridge inspector.”
The Poudre River Trail in Windsor was closed. There was no sign of the walking/running/biking trail off 7th Street and Eastman Park, and the Pelican Lakes Golf Course was experiencing flooding along the Poudre River at Colo. 257.
According to the Windsor website, Poudre Heights experienced a power outage due to a submerged transformer.
Walker said that power has been out since 9 p.m. Friday at Poudre Heights, located south of Eastman Park. The town website said that residents in that area should be prepared for multiple days without power, and the Windsor Community Recreation Center, 250 11th St., is open for those people in need.
Walker said that the forecast Saturday afternoon called for five inches of rain, and it could cause more flooding if it came in a short period of time.
There was one way in and out of Windsor as of noon Saturday, and that was taking 7th Street (Colo. 257) out of town north to Harmony Road into Timnath and onto Interstate 25.
Curious Windsor residents riding their bicycles and walking were taking photos and milling around the bridge above the Poudre River Trail on 7th Street past Eastman Park watching the rushing waters of the Poudre River.
Walker said people need to be careful in those areas.
“It’s not the smartest thing to be doing, but we don’t have enough patrolmen and stuff to sit there and deal with them,” Walker said. “Hopefully, that bridge doesn’t go out. We advise them to stay away from the river because that’s how all these people are missing. Everyone wants to see what the river is doing, but you have to use a little common sense at the same time. You don’t know what conditions those roads are in. We saw kids wading out over there by Ridge West off County Road 13 in that water and it was about knee deep. What if they step in a hole and the current took them away? People just need to use some common sense.”
Walker said Windsor has done well compared to other areas.
“The problem areas we have are the bridges, but we’re not seeing near what Loveland or Fort Collins or Greeley or Kersey or Milliken or Johnstown or any of those places are seeing,” Walker said. “I think Windsor has done well not having all the flooding as everyone else has had. We’re doing well compared to everyone else. They’ll be some clean up and stuff afterwards, but we’re just on a wait-and-see mode right now.”
All schools in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District were closed Friday due to the anticipated rain and flooding of the Poudre River. Most events were postponed or canceled and had to be rescheduled.
The Windsor High School football game against Palmer Ridge from Monument was postponed Friday night, but it was played at noon Saturday.
According to Windsor High School athletic director Mark Kanagy, Palmer Ridge was able to get into Windsor driving from I-25 and going east on Harmony Road and south on Colo. 257 to Main Street.
“I was on the road at 7 o’clock this morning driving around for them so they could find out how to get here,” Kanagy said shortly before the game started.
School district reschedules and cancellations include:
» Softball at Niwot was canceled (no reschedule date yet)
» Junior varsity and C Football at Palmer Ridge was canceled (trying to reschedule for Monday at PRHS, but won’t know if it can happen until their field drains)
» Northern Colorado volleyball tournament (varsity at Windsor High School and junior varsity at Greeley West) was canceled because several teams couldn’t make it into Windsor.
Check www.windzardwizards.org for current schedules.
Town officials are encouraging people not to travel and to continue to monitor weather and updates on their website at www.windsorgov.com.
Other town closures and cancellations included:
» Salsa on 5th was cancelled for Saturday night, and will be rescheduled. The Farmer’s Market on 5th Street was canceled Saturday morning. The Windsor Community Recreation Center activities and recreational athletics were canceled Friday and Saturday.
» County Road 5 was closed at Poudre River (south bound in Timnath south of Harmony).
» Jacoby Road closed at Poudre River.
» Windsor Lake Dam area residents received a reverse 911 call advising them that water may come over the spillway over the next few hours and they should prepare for flooding and/or evacuation.
» Water Valley/Poudre River area residents received a 911 call informing them of the potential for flooding as the river rises. Evacuation was not ordered.