Washington County - Next Tuesday, November 12th, CO 63 will be closed at mile marker (MM) 28.9 in Akron to allow for railroad repairs. To complete the work, CO 63 will be closed beginning at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday until crews have finished repairs. Crews from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will work around the clock to minimize closure impacts and to finish the repairs as quickly as possible. Hopefully completed by end of day.
In order to smooth the roadway surrounding the train tracks, both northbound and southbound CO 63 traffic will be rerouted to County Road BB, and County Road 40.
For their safety and the safety of the crews, motorists are urged to slow down in the vicinity of the road work. There are no oversized/overweight restrictions at this time.
Sheriff Kuntz assessed the damage in Washington County from the South Platte River flooding. He reports that the Messex Community is totally submerged in flood waters, but is happy to say everyone is out and safe. Until water levels lower to a safe level residence will not be allowed to re-enter the Messex area. We will keep you updated on this progress.
It would appear that crest of the Platte most likely won't reach Washington County until later afternoon or evening. From the information obtained everything appears to be more than what was previously predicted. While flood level water have not yet reached Washington County, they have reached higher levels in Kersey than forecast, and water is still rising.
There is a web site that can be obtained to track the waters of the South Platte and the cfs of the river levels at various locations. This site is Lower South Platte Water Conservatory District and I find it has been very helpful. We will be monitoring the river as well. I also have contacts for any of those that may need help in relocating livestock or help getting prepared for this flooding event. Be safe and use sound judgment.
Sheriff advises of flood warning to Washington County citizens along the South Platte River from Balzac to Merino. National Weather Service has advised and forecast that the river could rise above flood stage by early Saturday morning and continue to rise to 11.2 feet by Saturday evening.
Sheriff asks that all residences take necessary precautions and asks that farmers and ranchers to move their livestock and other valuable equipment along the river to higher ground.
Sheriff Kuntz Joins 53 other Sheriff's of Colorado in a lawsuit against the recently passed gun control laws. To see a copy of the complaint filed in the Federal District Court click on the following link. http://www.i2i.org/files/file/54-sheriffs-complaint.pdf
In an ongoing effort to enhance our responsiveness by bringing government services much closer to the public, the Sheriff’s Office website has been designed to be easily accessible and user-friendly. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Larry Kuntz
On behalf of the men and women of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and
Sheriff Larry Kuntz, shown above, is currently serving his third term in office.
Sheriff Kuntz has served in law enforcement since 1977. Sheriff Kuntz joined this department in 1994.
He served as Undersheriff for 8 years before successfully running for Sheriff in 2002.
In an ongoing effort to enhance our responsiveness by bringing government services much closer to the public, the Sheriff’s Office website has been designed to be easily accessible and user-friendly.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and
Sheriff Larry Kuntz