Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Search continues for three people missing from sudden floods in Paudre Valley

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.

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.

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