Update:Last night, the President of the United States officially approved federal disaster assistance in regard to flooding in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties. But for the friends, family and loved ones of Wesley Quinlan, a Boulder teen feared dead, this significant step pales in comparison to their very personal loss.
Thus far, two people have died in the Boulder area, and neither of them have been positively identified. Likewise, a woman who was swept away in flood waters hasn't been named, either. But Quinlan's Facebook page has become an online memorial.
First, the basics, as reported by the Boulder Daily Camera. The Camera, citing multiple sources, believes the first casualty of the flooding was Joey Howlett, a 72 year old best known around town as the ex-owner of the Jamestown Mercantile Café. He's thought to have died in the collapse of a structure in Jamestown.
In addition, the paper reports that a car occupied by a male and a female was trapped in flood waters. When the woman emerged from the vehicle, she was carried away by the rushing current -- and after the man tried coming to her aid, he, too, was lost. He's thought to be Quinlan, who recently graduated from Centaurus High School.
Here's one Facebook photo of Quinlan....
Here are some sample posts on Quinlan's Facebook wall:
Wes wtf man you were not supposed to leave us yet ??!! I saw you yesterday standing at the bus stop i wish i would have stoped and said hello .. i cannot express how awesome of a person you were in this message, but let me tell ya you were 1 in the world of people dude everytime we hung out it was nothing but laughs and the crazy days of high school man ... im gunna miss ya wes -- rest in peace
R.I.P Wesley Quinlan my prayers are going out to everyone's lives you have touched. You will be missed.
Goodbye Wes... The world needs more people like you. RIP, and may God favor you
Rest in peace Wesley you will be missed like crazy by your family and friends!
I have never cried so hard upon hearing someone I care about passing away.
Wesley could not be more brilliant.
We add our voices of condolences in regard to both victims in Boulder County, as well as those close to the missing young woman and the loved ones of a man whose body was found near Fountain Creek in El Paso County yesterday.
In the meantime, City of Boulder offices and the CU-Boulder campus remain closed today and evacuations continue, with approximately 4,000 people displaced in Boulder -- including my twin daughters and their roommate, who are safe and sound at my home in Littleton -- and a staggering number of roads have been closed. See the latest list from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management below, followed by our previous coverage, featuring a dozen videos from the early stages of flooding in Boulder.
List of Boulder County road closures:
4th Street and Hawthorne Avenue
9th Street at Balsam Avenue
28th Street at Kalmia Avenue
28th Street at Spruce Street
30th Street at Pearl Parkway
55th Street at Pearl Parkway
61st/63rd Street from Jay Road to Valmont Road
75th Street from Jay Road to Valmont Road
Arapahoe Avenue at Foothills Parkway
Arapahoe Avenue at Old Tale Road
Arapahoe Avenue from 55th Street to Cherryvale Road
Baseline Road at Meadowbrook Drive
Baseline Road/Flagstaff Road west of Grant Place
Bow Mountain Road from Wagon Wheel Gap Road to Pine Brook Road
Broadway at Arapahoe Avenue
Broadway at Iris Avenue
Broadway at Pine Street
Broadway at Table Mesa Drive
Broadway at Violet Avenue
Broadway at Rosewood Avenue
Broadway from Quince Avenue to Lee Hill Drive
Foothills Parkway (SH 157) from US 36 to Pearl Parkway
Frontage Road at Baseline Road and 28th Street
Juniper Avenue (500 block)
Linden Avenue/Linden Drive west of Broadway
Spine Road at Lookout Road
Spring Valley Road at Linden Avenue
Spruce Street (300 block)
Sunnyside Lane at Mariposa Avenue
7th Street and Pleasant Street
39th Street from Neva Road to Nebo Road
39th Street from Ogallala Road to Plateau Road
41st Street and Oxford Road
600 block of Sugarloaf Road
Arapahoe Avenue between 19th Street and 20th Street
Boulder Canyon Drive between Boulder and Nederland
CO 7 (US 36) from Lefthand Canyon Drive to Neva Road
Diagonal Highway at Mile Marker 40
Eastbound US 36 at Table Mesa Drive
Four Mile Canyon Drive from Boulder Canyon to Poorman Road
Gold Run Road at Dixon Road
Golf Club Drive at Pebble Beach Drive
Highway 7 at Mile Marker 24
Lee Hill Drive at Olde Stage Road
Left Hand Canyon Drive at Lee Hill Drive
Lefthand Canyon Drive from Foothills Highway to Peak to Peak Highway
North 63rd Street from Bluebird Avenue to Modena Lane
North 75th Street from Arapahoe Road to Baseline Road
North 83rd Street at Yellowstone Road
North 95th Street from Lookout Road to Valmont Road and from Arapahoe to Baseline
Old Tale Road at McSorley Lane
SH 93 (South Foothills Highway) from 64th Parkway to SH 128
SH 93 (South Foothills Highway) from Greenbriar Boulevard to Eldorado Springs Drive
Sunshine Canyon at Green Rock Drive
US 36 Westbound closed at Table Mesa
US 36 Eastbound closed Closed at Table Mesa to FlatIrons
US 36 (CO 7) from Middle Fork Road to Plateau Road
Lookout Road from North 109th Street to North 115th Street
North 119th from Kenosha Road to Jasper Road
Crane Hollow Road from Hygiene Road to St Vrain Road
Hygiene Road from North 75th Street to Crane Hollow Road
North 75th Street from St. Vrain Road to Hygiene Road
North 75th Street from Nelson Road to Hygiene Road
Horizon Avenue from Majestic Drive to Panorama Point
South 120th Street from Commerce Court to South Boulder Road
Airport Road from Fordham Street to Diagonal Highway 119
Airport Road from Rogers Road to 17th Avenue
Airport Road from St. Vrain Creek to 9th Avenue
Boston Avenue from Hover Road to Price Road
Bowen Street at 2nd Avenue, south to Boston Road
County Road 1 at the St Vrain River
Diagonal Highway 119 from Fordham to Hover
Gay Street at 2nd Avenue south to Boston Road
Hover Street from Nelson Road to 9th Avenue
Hover Street from Rogers Road to 3rd Avenue
Hover Street and southbound lanes of Highway 119 headed south towards Boulder
Hygiene Road from North 75th Street to Main Street (US 287)
Ken Pratt Boulevard between Diagonal Highway 119 and Hover Street
Main Street (US 287) from Ken Pratt Boulevard to Boston Avenue
Main Street (US 287) from 3rd Street to Ken Pratt Boulevard
Missouri Avenue from Pike Street to Main Street (US 287)
North 75th Street at Coyote Trail
Price Road from 2nd Avenue to Boston Road
Roads parallel to the St Vrain River
South Pratt Parkway from 3rd Avenue to Missouri Avenue
Sunset Street from Boston Avenue to Donovan Drive
Sunset Street from Nelson Road to 3rd Avenue
Ute Highway at 75th Street
Ute Highway from 75th Street to McCall Drive
Highway 66 from North 75th Street to Lyons
US 36 from Lyons into Larimer County
North 95th Street from Valmont Road to Lookout Road
Original post, 5:51.a.m. September 12: At 6 a.m., moments from now, CU-Boulder spokespersons will be holding a press conference about the ongoing flooding in Boulder -- but we already know that the university will be closed today, as will all city offices, thanks to three days of steady rain that left the ground saturated and a huge volume of water with nowhere to go. One death has been reported in Jamestown due to a structure collapse, and we're also hearing about mudslides in the Fourmile Canyon burn area.
Look below to see videos of the scenes that resulted, interspersed with the latest releases from the City of Boulder, CU, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
City of Boulder press release:
City of Boulder closing information
All City of Boulder offices and facilities, including libraries and recreation centers, will be closed today, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, due to flooded conditions.
CU-Boulder press release:
University of Colorado Boulder closed Thursday due to severe flooding
The University of Colorado Boulder campus will be closed Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 due to effects of severe flooding and the ongoing weather emergency.
CU police officers have been checking building exteriors looking for safety hazards.
Assessments of damage have been ongoing throughout the evening and will continue into the morning hours. The CU-Boulder leadership will evaluate re-opening the campus after the impact of the storm on campus infrastructure has been fully assessed.
Crews from CU-Boulder Facilities Management have been checking building interiors and assessing damage. At this time, there is some water damage to numerous buildings including Theatre, Norlin Library, and the Koelbel business building, as well as the Research Lab 2 and Research Lab 4 buildings on the east campus.
Initial assessments indicate that most of the water damage is minor, though it may take several days to dry out areas with fans.
Residence halls with flooding damage on the ground floor include a few units in Reed and Crosman Halls. Those residents have been relocated to other units within the same buildings.
As a precautionary measure, residents in Faculty/Staff Court, Athens Court and ground floor units in Newton Court were evacuated Wednesday evening. The evacuations affected 234 units, displacing approximately 400 to 500 CU graduate students, faculty, staff and their families. It is not yet known when residents will be able to return to the complex.
At this time there is only one report of an injury. On Wednesday night, a woman broke her ankle while playing "slip and slide" on Farrand Field.
Once damage is fully assessed, Chancellor DiStefano and his cabinet will make a determination on whether campus will be open on Friday.
Colorado Department of Transportation press release:
State Highway 72 is CLOSED indefinitely between State Highway 93 and State Highway 119 (Coal Creek Canyon) due to a washed out roadway and other areas of road damage from flooding. Local traffic still will be allowed to travel the highway but it will remain closed to all through traffic until further notice.
Westbound Interstate 70 at Beaver Brook - west of Evergreen Parkway - has reopened following an overnight mudslide.
Boulder Office of Emergency Management updates:
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95 Street CLOSED Between Lookout and Valmont
95th Street closed between Lookout and Valmont Roads due to water on the roadway.
Pinebrook Hills Mandatory Shelter in Place
Pinebrook Hills Emergency Message
All major roads are washed out. There is a mandatory shelter in place order for a minimum of 24 hours. Roads are unsafe for vehicle or foot traffic. Gas and electric has been shut off or will be shut off and will likely be out for a minimum of 24 hours. Crews are evaluating roads and will advise when conditions are safe.