The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office continues on Thursday the search for three people who have gone missing after a flash flood ripped through the Cameron Peak burn trail, killing at least one person and destroying five homes.
The body of a woman was recovered on Wednesday. Larimer County Sheriff’s spokesman Jared Kramer said he and the three missing people were together in the Black Hollow area when a flash flood struck. The missing are two men and a woman.
“We assume they were in residence or in one,” he said.
The Cache de Poudre River remains closed, Kramer said. Camping is also not allowed in the area.
Kramer said transportation officials reopened Colorado 14, but the highway could be closed temporarily as officials use heavy equipment to clear mud and debris from the flood.
Wildfires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres in Colorado since 2020, and when monsoon rains run through the mountains, those burned areas don’t hold water. Frequent flooding has caused mudslides on Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, where the Grizzly Creek fire burned 32,631 acres.
A scene where flash floods and landslides occurred last night, sending a large amount of debris to the Poudre Valley.
– CPW Northeast Region (@CPW_NE) 22 July 2021
On Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Transportation closed the Colorado 125 in Grand County after a tornado crashed into mud and other debris on the road. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet Thursday morning that the road remains closed until further notice.
As of Thursday morning, there was no storm forecast in Larimer County but Colorado’s weather could change rapidly, so Kramer advised people to be on the alert for rising waters. He said the National Weather Service tries to give as much time as possible.
“Often people see the water rising before getting the notification. If people see water rising, they need to seek higher ground immediately and not wait for radio alerts or cellphone alerts,” he said.
The National Weather Service in Boulder said Thursday that slow-moving storms continue to threaten burned areas.
Moisture content decreased overnight, but slow-moving storms would still pose a limited risk for flash flooding in burned areas except in Calwood. Humidity increases significantly on Friday and Saturday, increasing the risk of flash floods. #COwx pic.twitter.com/As39VfSmIV
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) 22 July 2021