Weekend Rain Is Coming — So Is Threat of Another Poudre Canyon Flash Flood
After a scorching, dry week, the weekend will bring rain, and possibly lots of it. While the cold front and moisture will bring relief from the heat, it also brings the concern of flash flooding.
At 6 p.m. on Friday, a Flash Flood Watch goes into effect until at least 9 p.m. for Larimer County. However, the advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. until midnight for the burn areas, like the Cameron Peak Fire burn scar. Because of wildfire damage, less than two weeks ago, the Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins experienced severe, deadly flash flooding.
'There will be an elevated threat of flash flooding across the high country today, especially for burn areas, due to increasing moisture and slow storm motions,' the National Weather Service said. 'Scattered thunderstorms may also bring gusty winds.'
The National Weather Service warns that the threat of flash flooding will elevate on Saturday, stating that the burn areas in mountains and foothills will 'be most susceptible to the flooding impacts.'
Poudre Fire Authority has also warned residents to be weather aware, as the flash flood threat will be present through most of the weekend. Importantly, do not drive through flood water.
Larimer County Sheriff's Office has stated that following the July 20 Black Hollow flood, three missing adults have been recovered, deceased. One adult female is still missing, but is known to have been with the other three victims. Seven structures were also destroyed during the flash flood and mudslide. The final update is available here.
2020 Cameron Peak Fire