UPDATE: An earlier version of this story reported that a second body had been recovered. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office have reported the recovery of only one deceased female. This story has been updated. Oil City regrets the error.
CASPER, Wyo. — The body of a woman who was killed during a flood and mudslide in the Poudre Canyon in northern Colorado which pushed a “tremendous amount” of mud, rocks, trees and structures has been recovered, according to a Wednesday afternoon update from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
Crews continue to search for two males who are reportedly missing and deputies have “identified another adult female who is missing,” the LCSO said. “The Coroner’s Office will identify the deceased, along with cause and manner of death. Damage assessments are ongoing.”
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Highway 14 has re-opened but the Poudre River remains closed to all use until further notice, according to LCSO.
“We will continue to assess the conditions of the river to evaluate the necessity of the closure order and will open it as soon as it is safe to do so,” the LCSO said. “As of 5 p.m. the Joint Information Center will be closed with no plan to reopen unless the situation changes. Follow @larimersheriff on Twitter and Facebook for updates, sign up for text notifications by sending LCEVAC or FLOOD2021 to 888777, and visit https://nocoalert.org for the most current emergency information in Larimer County.”
The LCSO initially received reports of flooding in the Poudre Canyon at around 5 p.m. Tuesday, with flooding and mudslides occurring above Rustic, Colorado.
“A mudslide occurred near Black Hollow Road and sent a large amount of debris into the canyon, destroying at least five structures and damaging the roadway,” LCSO said earlier on Wednesday. “Emergency crews were in the canyon and alerted residents and visitors to the approaching danger.”
The Larimer County Sheriff ordered a closure of the Poudre River to all use on Wednesday afternoon: “This restriction is in place from the Fish Hatchery to the mouth of the canyon.”
“This restriction applies to all watercraft and the restrictions are being imposed in response to disaster relief and debris removal relating to the flooding and mudslides into the Poudre River near the Black Hollow Road bridge that occurred on July 20,” LCSO said. “We are actively working to recover one victim from the river and searching for at least two others.”
The LCSO said earlier on Wednesday that they have “forecasts for more potential flooding in the coming days. We anticipate these restrictions will likely last through the weekend. We will assess and adjust as conditions warrant. We are imposing these restrictions for the safety of the public as well as the safety of responders in the area. Violations of these restrictions are a Class 2 Petty Offense under state law.”
Resources responding on Wednesday include:
- Larimer County Search and Rescue
- Larimer County Dive Rescue
- Colorado DFPC