The creek is approaching the limits of the temporary measures that were installed upstream of McConnell Drive. You may see overflow into the post-flood channel west of the road and into the temporary culverts. McConnell Drive has been closed overnight as a preventative measure until it will be re-evaluated in the morning. The LFPD will have spotters throughout the night.
Most of the heavy rainfall has past over for the evening. We may have scattered rain showers throughout the rest of the evening. It is projected that thunderstorms will possibly again develop Saturday afternoon. We will continue to monitor and post any watches or warnings as they come up.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for the St. Vrain Creek at Lyons. Warm temperatures and snow melt has resulted in a rise of the creeks. Minor flooding can be expected along the St. Vrain Creek at Lyons and downstream towards Longmont. Persons with interests along these rivers are urged to use caution. Avoid flooded areas and stay clear of river banks that could become unstable due to high flows.
Threats or hazards could include debris dams, bank overtopping, water escaping due to blow outs or avulsions, bridges or culverts plugged etc. If these hazards are found please report them to 911. Appropriate law enforcement or fire personnel will respond out to assess the situation.
Residents may also observe bank erosion in areas along with more trees coming down into the stream due to the erosion.
Lyons Fire will have crews continue to monitor stream flows as well as watching areas of concern at this time and throughout the weekend. Crews will also be doing night patrols to read stream gauges.
We will continue to update.
I want to assure all that Lyons Fire is closely monitoring the storms and will advise if there are any problems or actions you need to take.
The Boulder County Sheriffs’ Department will be conducting a test of the emergency siren warning system in Lyons. This test is scheduled to take place at 12 p.m. Friday, October 11. This test will be weather dependent, as the Sheriffs’ Department prefers that the test takes place on a clear day, due to the September floods. If conditions are not favorable, the test will be rescheduled for the following Friday, October 18, at the same time.
To residents of Lyons-
As most of you know we have a very large disaster on our hands. We are doing everything in our power to get to everyone as quickly as possible. Please bear with us. As of 9:00 p.m. this evening, we had a few members with the FEMA Task Force 1 Team as well as a few National Guard crew that made it into Lyons to assist us with search and rescue efforts. Lyons is completely isolated. It was very difficult for them to make their way into to us. We are advising residents to shelter in place if possible and get to higher ground if need be. We have limited resources at this time but should hopefully have more crews to help us tomorrow if they can get in to us. I will try and update everyone when I can- You can also refer to the Town of Lyons Facebook page as they are trying to post updates as well. A temporary evacuation center has been set up at the Lyons Elementary.
You need to conserve food and water and may need to remain self sufficient for a possible 24-48 hours more. The rain is not letting down and we are going to continue to have small surges. We are also asking people to not drive on the roads- those who are getting stranded and needing rescue. Help is on the way, but again it is very difficult to get crews into us for assistance due to very high, fast moving water flows!
I encourage all of you to stay strong! We will make it through this. We are here for you and doing the absolute best we can with the resources we have to get to each and every one of you!!
Fire Chief—J.J. Hoffman
Posted 9/12/2013 at 10:40 pm
Lyons is currently under flood warning. Move to higher ground.
Lyons Fire had a small wildland fire that started this morning around 7:00 am. The fire was contained by approximately 9:45 am and out by 10:30 am. Crews will continue to check the area for the next 24 hours.
Both smoke reports, Seward and Colard, were thoroughly investigated and no fire was located.
Lyons Fire has been notified and is investigating the situation. Please feel to check back here for more updates.