While I still caution you to be mindful of the local community and emergency services personnel, the River is now open again. Also, please be mindful of an Ever-Changing river environment- that can change minute to minute, not just day to day. Be cautious about floating debris and be aware the water may contain toxic and/or harmful chemicals and bio-hazards (think septic system contents). Be safe and keep an eye out for each other!
Larimer County Sheriff Full Announcement:
After continual review and analysis of the risks and contents of the debris field in and around the Poudre River, Sheriff Smith is lifting use restrictions on the river for all areas below Rustic effective immediately. River use above Rustic will remain restricted until it is safe to remove them.
All evacuation orders in the Poudre Canyon have been lifted and residents may return to their properties.
A vehicle was recovered from the river today but it was not occupied. The three adults are still missing. The search will continue Friday morning with reduced resources.
As restrictions are lifted, we encourage those entering the canyon to be mindful of the weather and river status during their visit. The forecast calls for more thunderstorm activity and conditions can change very rapidly. Let someone know where you’re going. If you see water rising, climb to the highest ground you can reach.
Total personnel Today: 45
Total personnel Yesterday: 50
Agencies involved: Larimer County Dive Rescue Team, Larimer County Search and Rescue, Emergency Services IA Module, LCSO Drone Team, UCHealth TEMS, Patrol and Reserves, US Forest Service, Poudre Canyon Fire. On Tuesday night Poudre Fire, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, CDOT, and the Larimer County Regional AH/CR Team also assisted.