Sheriff's Office: Residents wanting to access flooded areas need credentials

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As access becomes available to areas affected by the flood, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office will be requiring registration and credentialing to enter these areas and will be limited to residents only. These areas may be accessible only by means other than a regular vehicle (ATV, hiking, horse). It is highly recommended that the area of the Big Thompson Canyon (Highway 34) between the mouth of the canyon west to Drake be avoided.

Registration and credentialing are required for those residents attempting to gain access. A photo id and proof of residency (utility bill, tax statements, etc.) must be presented to be issued credentials.

Registration and credentialing will be available at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office located at 2501 Midpoint Drive in Ft. Collins, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Credentials may also be obtained at the Disaster Assistance Center located at 815 14th Street SW, Building B in Loveland on Wednesday, September 25 from noon to 7 p.m.

In the Estes Park area, credentials are now required and may be obtained at the checkpoint or at the Estes Park Police Department. Residents may access Highway 43 down to Glen Haven with regular vehicles. The Meadowdale area and Highway 34 to mile marker 72 is also open to residents. The Retreat by Glen Haven is open for hikers only.

Residents of Pinewood Springs may also hike in on Highway 36 from the Larimer County side. Credentials are now required for this area and may be obtained at the checkpoint or at the Estes Park Police Department.

Residents attempting to get back to their homes will encounter many unknown hazards and will enter at their own risk. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office cannot guarantee the safety of residents who enter these areas or guarantee that deputies will be available to provide assistance if needed.

Regular patrols are being conducted including patrols by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Posse in the remote areas. Individuals without credentials will be cited.