Residents of the unincorporated area of the Town of Lyons will be allowed to go to their homes for short periods of time.
Information from the Town of Lyons for September 17, 2013
The Town of Lyons is preparing to distribute temporary passes to residents and business owners to access their homes and businesses for a short period of time beginning Wednesday and going through Friday. These passes will allow displaced residents to enter their homes, remove any remaining valuable items and secure the buildings. Business owners will be able to remove inventory and other valuable items they have not been able to access prior to this week.
There will be three types of passes:
In-town residents, unincorporated County residents and business owners will all be able to pick up a color -coded pass tonight for use beginning tomorrow. Passes will be available at Lifebridge Church this evening between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for residents who are staying outside of the disaster area; and at the public works building at 4 p.m. for area residents who are staying within the disaster area.
Passes will be issued according to neighborhood and each neighborhood will be assigned one day to access the town. There will be two time periods on your assigned day when people may use their pass to access their residence or place of business, or to leave the disaster area and return with supplies. Do not go to any other place of business or any other residence than your own. If you are caught at some place other than your own residence, your pass will be confiscated.
This is not the time to bring in contractors or insurance agents. If possible, the Town will issue passes next week in a similar fashion for these types of visits.
It is imperative that Town contractors are able to access Highway 36 to restore electric lines and water transmission lines and these contractors take first priority. As more work is completed, it is possible that a different system will be put in place that will allow additional access. There is no estimate of when a new system will be adopted.
The Town of Lyons Government is relocating to the Lyons Elementary School. The Town cannot function in full capacity until phones and computers are up and running, which will take a couple of days.
It is very important that people who are still staying in Lyons stop using all toilets. Sewer lines are full of rocks and debris and sewage will begin coming up in your homes.
The Town is securing National Guard for neighborhood security for the foreseeable future.
Below please find information from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
Boulder County Colorado
ACCESS RULES FOR UNINCORPORATED BOULDER COUNTY AREAS ABOVE LYONS
Effective: Tuesday 9/17/2013
1. Safety for you and others is the priority. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY and watch for pedestrians, workers and heavy equipment moving from all directions. Be aware and careful of loose footing and unstable structures and formations. Wildlife patterns are also impacted so beware of rattle snakes.
2. If you are fully self sufficient at your residence (water, sewer/septic, power) and it is safe you can stay at your house overnight. Otherwise you must exit the area before dark.
3. Please limit your travel in and out of the area to one time per day. We will be able to expand this in the future but for now we need moderate traffic as much as possible
4. You are to travel directly to your property only. You are not allowed to move to other places in the restricted area. Ignoring this will result in loss of your pass.
5. When traveling through the Town of Lyons DO NO STOP AND DO NOT ASK FOR ANY ASSISTANCE WITH ANYTHING FROM THE WORKERS IN TOWN WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LIFE THREATNING EMERGENCIES.
6. If your residence is served by the Town of Lyons sewer system DO NOT DO ANYTHING TO PUT ANY LOAD ON THE SYSTEM. THIS INCLUDES ALL USES INCLUDING TOILETS, SINKS, TUBS etc.
7. Please understand that as the situation progresses we may need to modify this program and/or restrict travel at certain times. We very much appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to re-open the community.