Last of closed roads opened Wednesday as Windsor back to normal following flood
September 28, 2013
It only took a matter of days until the flood waters from the Poudre River receded and the roads throughout Windsor reopened.
Unlike many of the flooded areas in Colorado, everything was back to normal in Windsor by 6 a.m. Wednesday when town officials reopened 7th Street at Eastman Park to traffic.
Terry Walker, director of public works for the Town of Windsor, said his crew swept off the dirt and debris before the roads at 7th Street, Weld County Road 13 and along Colo. 257 were reopened.
"What we have to do now is we're out repairing the shoulders on the road where the water kind of eroded away the shoulders," said Walker on Thursday. "All of the debris that was left from the flooding on the roads we got taken care of before we opened the roads."
Walker said the two gravel pits on the west side of town along Weld 13 saved the water from going through and causing more damage.
"If those two pits hadn't been there, that water would have gone downstream, and we would have had more damage. They saved our bacon," Walker said.
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Walker said Windsor has opened its arms to other neighboring communities.
"We're very blessed. We're just kind of holding back if any of the surrounding communities may need some help," Walker said. "We'll see what they need, and see if we can help them out at all. Kelly (Arnold), the town manager, has told Milliken and Johnstown and Kersey and all of them that if they need our help to please let us know. Everybody offered help to us during the (2008) tornado, so we're trying to repay that favor."
Parks, recreation and culture director Melissa Chew said the town continues to update its website at http://www.windsorgov.com. As of Friday morning, the town website on the flood included:
» Poudre Pooch Park is open, however the parking lot remains closed and people should park at Eastman Park.
» The Poudre Trail is open from Colo. 257 to Weld 13 except for the underpass at 7th Street.
» The Poudre Trail is closed at Colo. 257 east and closed at County Road 13 west to River Bluffs and the underpass at 7th Street.
» Eastman Park is open. Rest rooms are open.
» Empty containers holding unnecessary water. Mosquitoes will breed quickly.
» Drink and flush: Drinking as well as waste water systems in Windsor are intact.
» LETA offers sign up for land lines, mobile and text for alerts. Windsor uses LETA http://www.leta911.org. Sign up for free.
» The Community Recreation Center, 250 N. 11th St., is open and all classes are running as scheduled.
» All Windsor Recreation outdoor activities are running as scheduled except travel soccer that will be practicing and playing at Skyview Elementary School, 1000 Stone Mountain Drive.