2
Oct

Housing Matching Service Available for Displaced Boulder County Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   October 2, 2013

Contact: Jim Williams, Boulder County, 303-579-6971 /  Jeff Yegian, City of Boulder, 303-441-4363 / Kathy Fedler, City of Longmont, 303-651-8736

 

Housing Matching Service Available for Displaced Boulder County Residents

Collaboration will help address shortage of rental housing supply

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County residents displaced by the recent flooding now have another tool to help them find available rental housing. A regional service that matches renters with property owners is working with residents to place them in short-term rental units, and is waiving most of its fees for the matching service.

Boulder County, the cities of Boulder and Longmont, Foothills United Way, and Housing Helpers partnered to create and roll out the rental housing plan. Housing Helpers is working with property owners and has identified about 60 units that would work as short-term solutions for those in need to continue to live in or near Boulder County.

“We know there’s not much rental housing available in Boulder County for our neighbors who’ve been displaced by the flooding, especially those who don’t yet know when they can return to their homes” said Jeff Yegian, Acting Manager of the City of Boulder’s Division of Housing. “This is a solution for some of them, and we want to encourage those residents most in need to get in touch now to find out more.”

Residents impacted by the flooding who are seeking short-term rental housing can contact Housing Helpers by phone at 303-545-6000 or on the web at www.HousingHelpers.com to see if they qualify for the service. Property owners offering short-term rental options for individuals or families displaced by the flooding are encouraged to call Housing Helpers to list their property at no charge. Additional information on housing resources, including financial assistance that may be available for short-term housing, can be found at www.BoulderCountyFlood.org, www.BoulderFloodInfo.net, and http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/flood-info/.

“We still want our neighbors to know that most of the available rental housing is located outside Boulder County, mostly to our south and east,” said Frank Alexander, Director of the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services. “Regardless of whether people look for rentals through this matching service or on their own, we hope that they do it right away and that they understand it might be necessary to relocate outside the area for some time."

27
Sep

Longmont Flood Information update 9/27

Longmont Flood Price Tag Estimated at $148 Million
The city’s initial estimate for damage caused by the September flood is $148 million that includes rechanneling the St. Vrain River, repairs to the city’s water and stormwater systems, and more for streets, electrical service, sanitation system and golf courses. The city is currently working with FEMA and other agencies to determine the extent of damages and what is eligible for reimbursement. See the City Manager’s update to the city council at http://longmontoem.org/city-manager-flood-update-city-council-meeting-september-24-2013/.

Disaster Assistance Center Modifies Hours 
The Longmont Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) will reduce its open hours beginning Saturday, Sept. 28. The new hours are 10 am to 6 pm seven days a week. County, city and community agencies will transition out of the DAC at some point next week and back to their regular service locations. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel will remain at the DAC for an undetermined period of time from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The Town of Lyons will also operate from the DAC until further notice. The center, located at Twin Peaks Mall, 1250 Hover St., is open to serve all Boulder County residents who were victimized by the September flood.

City Replacing Damaged Water Meters in Flood Areas
The City is in the process of changing out water meters in flooded areas as there is a high rate of failure expected. Utility technicians will be going door to door, and all technicians will have a City of Longmont ID badge and will be driving a City vehicle. There is no charge for this service. If you have questions or if your basement flooded and you have not been contacted, please call 303-651-8468.

Free Coffee and Conversation with City Council on Saturday
Longmont City Council is hosting Coffee with Council from 9 to 10 am on Saturday, September 28, at Nicolo’s Pizza, 1631 Pace Street. At this event, you can talk informally with at least two council members on any topic of your choice. Council members Brian Bagley and Gabe Santos are scheduled to attend. For information about council meetings and agendas, call the City Clerk’s Office at 303-651-8649.

Residents Urged to Sign Up for Emergency Notification System
If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you! If you have a landline telephone, that number is automatically registered with the City’s emergency notification service and you don’t need to do anything. If you would like to register a cell phone number, alternate phone number or email address, visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/police/massnotification.htm or call 303-651-8566. Don’t be caught off guard in an emergency.

Governor Visits DAC
Governor Hickenlooper visited the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) in Longmont today and promised to expedite needed resources to Longmont and surrounding areas. Longmont is specifically concerned about getting started on the St. Vrain River stabilization and rechannelization where it breached during the flooding.

Mental Health Partners Hosting Meeting for Longmont and Lyons Area Residents
Mental Health Partners is hosting a community meeting for Longmont, Lyons and other area residents on coping with the emotional trauma caused by the recent flood disaster. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
When: Monday, Sept. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education, 395 South Pratt Parkway, Longmont, CO

Janine D’Anniballe, PhD, Director of Access, Emergency and Community Services for Mental Health Partners, will lead a conversation focused on helping people cope with the aftermath of traumatic events like the recent flood disaster. The conversation will focus on recognizing and identifying signs of trauma and distress, implementing coping strategies to help oneself, family members and others recover emotionally from the effects of trauma, talking to children about the flooding and its impact, developing awareness about experiences that can provoke a recurrence of trauma-related feelings. Additional mental health professionals from Mental Health Partners will be available to talk with attendees about personal experiences, to offer guidance and assistance, and provide information about community resources available for mental health and wellness. Other local agency and disaster assistance staff will be present too.

Business Recovery Grants Available to Longmont Businesses
The City’s Economic Development Department is offering recovery grants to assist existing City businesses occupying locations within commercial, industrial and mixed use zoning districts with rebuilding and recovery after the recent flooding that affected Longmont. Visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/econdev/grants/BusinessRecoveryGrant.htm to fill out the online form.

Emergency Manager to Receive Longmont Legends Award on Saturday
Congrats to Dan Eamon who will receive a Longmont Legends award this Saturday, September 28 from 4-7 pm at Left Hand Brewing, 1265 Boston Ave. in Longmont for his outstanding leadership during the flood crisis. All recipients of this award are Care Connect “Everyday Heroes” and are nominated by the community. Anyone can attend this presentation which also includes live music, BBQ, craft beer, silent auction, kids’ activities, and more. Tickets and silent auction proceeds benefit Boulder County CareConnect, a nonprofit serving Longmont's seniors in need and adults with disabilities for over 41 years. Visit http://www.careconnectbc.org/longmontlegends/ for additional information about this event.

Public Works Operations Picks Debris at Rapid Pace
Longmont Public Works Operations have completed the large scale debris collection at The Greens, Champion Greens and the Valley subdivisions. They will begin to strategically place roll-off containers in these neighborhoods for those residents who still have work to complete. Street sweepers were dispatched in these neighborhoods earlier this week to clean up the dirt and other small debris in the streets. They continue to place and exchange roll-off containers in the other flood affected areas which include Delaware Street, First Ave., Springs Ct, Missouri Ave and the industrial section along Boston Ave. They also are assisting the two commercial storage facilities located on Third Ave, west of Hover with flood debris removal. Debris continues to be moved off of the transfer site at First and Martin. As of Monday, it is estimated that they have hauled 927 tons of debris - roughly 4000 cubic yards - from the transfer site on Martin Street and roll offs collected 474 tons of debris - roughly 2000 cubic yards - from roll offs staged on the affected neighborhoods. It is estimated they still have at least 4000 yards of debris on the ground at Martin Street and numerous roll offs staged across the flood zones that will need to be exchanged several times. Although things have slowed tremendously, no exact date yet for the end of debris removal. While other communities are just beginning their curbside cleanup efforts, Longmont has been providing neighborhood roll off dumpsters since September 16.

 

 

27
Sep

Behind the Badge -- Longmont Police Provide Tips To Avoid Scams

Behind the Badge -- Longmont Police provide tips to avoid scams: Police Detective Mark Cooper warns the public to be aware of possible scammers in the area. Always ask for ID when people knock on your door claiming to be FEMA agents, cleanup companies, contractors, builders and other agencies.

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27
Sep

Emergency Gas Pipeline Replacement Underway

Xcel / PSCo must immediately cut out and replace a section of 4" High Pressure Gas Transmission Pipeline that previously was suspended over Left Hand Creek northeast of the intersection of CO - 119 and S. Martin St. along the Saint Vrain Greenbelt. The "A-Frame" supports that held the pipe in suspension were damaged and washed out during the flood and they must re-establish these supports and replace that section of the pipe that now lies in the creek bottom. This is an emergency situation as Xcel has to shut off the gas in this line as a safety precaution. Customers in the area are in jeopardy of losing service. Call
1-800-895-1999 for more information.

26
Sep

Mental Health Partners hosting meeting for Longmont & Lyons area residents

Mental Health Partners is hosting a community meeting for Longmont, Lyons and other area residents on coping with the emotional trauma caused by the recent flood disaster. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

When: Monday, Sept. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education, 395 South Pratt Parkway, Longmont, CO
Janine D’Anniballe, PhD, Director of Access, Emergency and Community Services for Mental Health Partners, will lead a conversation focused on helping people cope with the aftermath of traumatic events like the recent flood disaster.

The conversation will focus on:
• Recognizing and identifying signs of trauma and distress
• Implementing coping strategies to help oneself, family members and others recover emotionally from the effects of trauma
• Talking to children about the flooding and its impact
• Developing awareness about experiences that can provoke a recurrence of trauma-related feelings
Additional mental health professionals from Mental Health Partners will be available to talk with attendees about personal experiences, to offer guidance and assistance, and provide information about community resources available for mental health and wellness. Other local agency and disaster assistance staff will be present too.

24
Sep

Water meter change out to begin Thursday 9/26

The City of Longmont will be changing out water meters in affected flooded areas beginning Thursday, September 26, 2013. The Public Works & Natural Resources Department’s Utility Technicians will be going door to door to replace water meters that have been damaged by flooded basements. The City expects a significant failure rate due to the connections being under water.

All Utility Technicians will have a City of Longmont badge and will be driving a City vehicle. There is no charge for this replacement. If you have any questions, want to verify a Technician is with the City, your meter cannot be changed out, or you have not been contacted by our technicians and need to set up and appointment, please call 303-651-8468.

 

24
Sep

Residents Urged to Sign Up for Emergency Notification System

Many residents and business owners were notified when flood water hit the city earlier this month through the city’s emergency notification system. If your contact information has changed or you have never signed up please visit http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/police/massnotification.htm and register on the Everbridge system.

Who should sign up? Anyone living within the City of Longmont limits who no longer have a landline in their home (a landline, main line or fixed-line is a telephone line which travels through a metal wire or optical fiber and does not require power for it to work). If you own additional communication devices i.e. cell phones, VoIP(voice over Internet protocol), email, etc. you will want to sign up for this service as it provides a number of additional ways in which emergency information can be disseminated quickly. If your service provider is Cricket, you can register but can not receive text messages.

This is available in other BOULDER COUNTY cities/towns/unincorporated areas by going to your local municipal/town/county website and checking for the link on their website. If you can not find it on their website, contact your local government office.

Who does not need to sign up? If the only form of communication you have is a landline phone, and you don't want to receive messages on any other device, you do not need to sign up for this service as you are already attached to an emergency notification system through the City of Longmont and/or Boulder County 911 services.

When will the emergency notification system be used? The system will be used to notify residents about imminent threats to health and safety such as the need to evacuate due to a wildfire, hazardous spills or other emergencies. It may also be used in situations where a child or adult is missing who is in need of medical attention. The alert will originate from [email protected]

23
Sep

City Manager to Provide Flood Update at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

Longmont City Manager Harold Dominguez will give a flood update to the City Council on Tuesday night at 7 pm in council chambers located in the Civic Center at 350 Kimbark St.

The community is invited to attend.

If you can't make it to the meeting, but would like to watch it live, it will be broadcasting on Comcast cable channel 8 and live streaming at www.longmontchannel.com.

If you want to watch the meeting at a later date, it will be recorded and posted to the City of Longmont website here:
http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/agendas.htm

23
Sep

Grant Application Available for the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund

The Longmont Community Foundation has established the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund. It is designed to provide financial resources to charitable organizations that are involved in the relief and rebuilding efforts in the St. Vrain Valley related to the September 2013 flood.

The 12 member selection committee will review each request and make its recommendations quickly. The grant application is purposely brief because our intent is to not make it burdensome for those organizations that are helping our community recover. 100% of funds received will be distributed and a final report of the distributions will be available on our website after the funds have been expended from the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund.

Application and Guidelines PDF

For more info visit: https://www.longmontfoundation.org/

23
Sep

Colorado Senator Mark Udall Visits Longmont DAC

Colorado Senator Mark Udall toured the Disaster Assistance Center in Longmont on Sunday morning.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall toured the Disaster Assistance Center in Longmont on Sunday morning.

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