Roads remain closed in the area because of high water

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FORT LUPTON --The rain may slow down somewhat Sept. 13, but there's plenty of trouble for motorists as a result of the heavy monsoon rains.

Late Sept. 12, the city of Fort Lupton posted these road closures ..

Weld County Road 18 is closed at US Highway 85;

The bridge is closed on Weld County Rosd 14 1/2 west of US Highway 85.

Weld County Road 23 is closed at state Highway 52. The bridge at state highway 52 is under evaluation.


Weld County Road 16 reopened early this morning.

An advisory evacuation for the area of Weld County roads 14 1/2 and 25 was in place because of rising water Sept. 12. Weld County officials used reverse 911 calls to residents in that area. Fort Lupton police and Weld County sheriff's deputies helped notify residents in the affected area. Fort Lupton opened a shelter at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center for a short time.

The cause of all this is more than day's worth of slow-moving rain. Forecasters with the National Weather Service said up to 6 inches of rain fell beween 4 and 6 a.m. Sept. 12 in an area between Firestone, Frederick and Fort Lupton.

Weld County Re-8 schools are not in session today. High school athletic events were called off through Sept. 14.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the South Platte River, which remains in effect through this evening. The river was expected to be near 11.5 feet today, enough to cause moderate damage to agricultural land near town.

The rain is expected to continue today and, perhaps, come to an end later this afternoon.

Updates and more public safety information as they become available.