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Windsor takes steps to protect town in event of spring flooding

Casey Kelly

The Town of Windsor has taken a number of steps to mitigate any flooding that could occur as the weather warms and snowpack in the high country begins to melt.

Town Director of Public Works Larry Walker detailed the steps the town has taken so far during the Windsor Town Board meeting May 12. He said stream flow forecasts are expected to be above average for 2014 and reports indicate Colorado is between 150-175 percent of average snow pack, which could result in spring snow melt flooding.

He said staff has identified the potential areas for flooding in Windsor as Weld County Road 13, 7th Street, Colo. 392 and possibly Colo. 257.

He said the town has also taken the following steps to prepare for a potential flood event:

» Town staff will monitor the flood gauges and different locations along the rivers; both Larimer and Weld Counties will monitor runoff levels and debris.

» The Windsor Police Department, Public Works and Windsor/Severance Fire District have created a communications plan for a flood event.

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» Public Works has approximately 200 sandbags filled with about 1,000 bags available to be filled; additional barricades, sandbags and cones have been ordered.

» Waste Water Treatment Plant officials have built a berm around the power transformer to hopefully avoid any power outages. Additional fuel will be on site for the generator and personnel will be on site 24 hours, seven days a week if necessary.

» Staff members are in communications with Xcel Energy to potentially relieve the power issue due to flooding in Eastman Park; no date has been established in the relocation of the transformer in Eastman Park.

» The town has a cleanup plan which will be activated once water has receded. In the event of a flood, staff will communicate updates through the Town of Windsor website, Facebook and social media.

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