COMMERCE CITY -- The city lifted its evacuation orders at mid-afternoon Friday as flood waters began to taper off.
There are some road closures still in effect, however. Commerce City Police Officer Chris Dickey said 60th Avenue east of Brighton Boulevard is still closed because of debris cleanup. Portions of 69th Avenue near Fairfax Park will be closed temporarily, too, because of pumping operations. East 56th Avenue will be closed from Quebec Street to Havana Street until 6 p.m. for pumping operations.
Small animals that were evacuated are available Saturday the Adams County Animal Shelter.
Meantime, the news early Sept. 13 was as good as residents of the Irondale neighborhood could have expected. The dam on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge held overnight. The amount of water is huge -- 150 yards wide, three-quarters of a mile long and 20 feet deep, according to the city.
Commerce City police officer Christian Rasmussen said federal and local officials are monitoring the structure.
"Water levels remain steady," he said. "As long as the water remains, there is still the potential for residential flooding."
Some 150 residents are at a temporary shelter at Adams City High School. More than 200 large animals were successfully evacuated from the area last night. Rasmussen said evacuations will remain in place until officers can get into the affected areas and make assessments.
More good news concerned the Fairfax Park area. It was evacuated Thursday morning because of high water. Rasmussen said the water levels dropped overnight in that part of town and at Sand Creek.
"There is still significant standing water in retention ponds, and residents should remain out of the water," he said.
Authorities evacuated a nursing home and a housing complex Thursday, thanks to heavy rains that parked over the area for the past day or so.
The emergency evacuation of the Woodridge Terrace Nursing home at 66th Avenue and state Highway 2 started shortly before 1:30 p.m.. Numerous ambulances were on the scene, according to photographer John Carr. Commerce City police also evacuated the Fairfax Park neighborhood because of flooding. Rasmussen said the detention pond at the park reached its capacity shortly after 11:30 a.m.
U.S. Highway 85 closed once again overnight between 60th and 69th avenues.
City buildings were on a two-hour delay Sept. 13. Adams School District 14 canceled classes and activities Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 because of the rain and resulting flooding. The closure also means there were no parent-teacher conferences Sept. 13.
According to Rasmussen, the Emergency Operations Center has been activated to monitor flooding across the city. Officials are asking residents to stay off the roads.
We'll have updates on road closures, advisories and public safety information as it's available.