Businesses urged to close during flooding
Last Updated: 14:58 September 12, 2013
The Boulder Chamber closed Thursday, Tayer said.
The National Weather Service reported that 6 to 10 inches of rain had fallen during the last 18 hours in Boulder County as of noon Thursday.
Guaranty Bank and Trust Co. was one downtown business that decided to close around midday Thursday, said Patrick O'Brien, market president. Employees at the bank's branch at 1300 Walnut St. were getting ready to evacuate around the noon hour, O'Brien said.
"Everyone downtown has been asked to evacuate. The (Boulder) creek is starting to crest the banks, and it's dangerous to bad conditions," O'Brien said.
Boulder city manager Jane Brautigam signed and issued a local disaster and emergency declaration, released around noon to the media. The declaration allows the city to request support from the state to respond to rains and flooding.
"There currently exists reasonable cause to believe that the city, or a part of the city, is suffering from or is in imminent danger of suffering a disaster emergency, and that a declaration of disaster emergency is required to avoid or mitigate serious injuries to members of the public or the loss of life or property," Brautigam said in the declaration.
A number of roads around town are closed and remain impassible, Tayer said. The Boulder County Sheriff's office issued an earlier request for motorists to stay off the streets.
A second flash flood warning has been issued. Brautigam urged community members to heed all public safety cautions. While it may seem that the rain and threat is subsiding, there's still a high probability of flooding in streets and waterways, Brautigam said.
"It is times like these that our organization and our community come together," Brautigam said.
Additional updates for the community are being posted at boulderoem.org/emergency-status.
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