One person was killed and two others are missing in the Poudre Valley floods on Tuesday night.
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith confirmed his facebook page A body was found overnight by the authorities.
Smith said officials did not recover the body on Tuesday, but will do so on Wednesday once it is safe to cross the Cache La Poudre River.
According to Smith, several structures were destroyed or damaged along Black Hollow Road, about 35 miles from Teds Place at the mouth of the canyon. To the northwest of Fort Collins is the valley.
Smith said a large amount of debris was swept away at Colo 14, blocking the road.
The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the road for the first time around 7 p.m. the valley was evacuated Tuesday and it is closed on County Road 62 and Pingree Road to Cameron Pass, a distance of approximately 30 miles. CDOT says there is no estimated time to reopen as they work to clean up from the floods.
“During this incident, we evacuated the canyon – not knowing how this debris might affect individuals and property,” Smith wrote. “The compulsory evacuation was lifted later in the evening. However, Wednesday’s forecast includes the possibility of similar weather in the days to come. The risk of damage from debris flows remains, and we caution any residents or visitors to the valley to be on the alert. “
Outage Update: Crews were able to restore power to about 30 members last night. At present 101 members are without power. For those members, we are expecting extended outages that could last for several days. #cocks #flood2021 pic.twitter.com/OLYwZfHcLM
— PoudreValleyREA (@PoudreValleyREA) 21 July 2021
Burn marks from the 2020 Cameroon Peak fire are also affecting the valley. The wildfire was the largest in the state’s history, scorching 208,663 acres of land.
Smith wrote of the flood, “I personally saw significant debris and damage in the area, caused by falling trees, damaged and destroyed homes, and mud in the area.”
There are burn marks elsewhere in Colorado. Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon is facing closure due to rain-triggered mudslides at the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Scar. The latest shutdown also happened Tuesday night, and the National Weather Service has warned of increased flooding in the lit areas as the monsoon weather pattern picks up.