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]

20
Sep

State of the City Address Re-broadcast on Channel 8

The City of Longmont's  State of the City Address will be re-broadcast on the Comcast Cable Channel 8 at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., everyday through September 24th.

20
Sep

State of Lyons, Colorado Public information Meeting - 09-19-2013

 

Video of the  “State of Lyons" public information meeting which was held Thursday, September 19th in the Longmont City Council Chambers at 350 Kimbark Street.

Mayor Van Domelen, Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen and Boulder County Sheriff's Deputies Kevin Parker and Nick Goldberger will gave a briefing on the status of Lyons following the flood.

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19
Sep

Longmont Flood Update 13:08

Health and Safety Tips:
Avoid contact with potentially contaminated flood waters. Many contaminants such as raw sewage, as well as potential releases of chemicals from homes, businesses, and industry, may be contained in floodwaters. The department encourages people to stay out of the water as much as possible. If people must be in contact with floodwaters, they should wash frequently with warm water and soap.  The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission reports many oil and gas locations have been affected by the flood. The department is working with the commission, local authorities and operators to assess risks and, where necessary, provide environmental response and remediation. 
 
Safe drinking water/”boil advisories”
City of Longmont water is safe to drink.  If you are not a City of Longmont water customer you may need to comply with boil advisories. 

Infections/illness Information
Widespread outbreaks of infectious disease after floods are not common in the United States. However, people with three or more days of diarrhea, any bloody diarrhea, diarrhea plus a fever, or other health concerns, should contact their health care provider. Although no specific vaccinations are recommended for flood events, the department recommends people keep their vaccinations up to date. By staying up to date with vaccinations, everyone is better prepared for emergencies.  People should follow routine recommendations for tetanus. A tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster is recommended for all adults every 10 years. A tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster should replace one regular Td dose to provide pertussis protection. Children should have completed their recommended diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) doses of four shots between 2 months and 18 months of age, and booster shots at 4 to 6 years of age and 11 to 12 years of age. Any adult who has not had the primary series of Td doses should complete the series.

Boulder Office of Emergency Management has the following information for Boulder County residents.  

http://boulderoem.com/emergency-status/514-11-40am-09-18-13-tetanus-shot-information

Exposure to flood waters alone does not increase the risk of tetanus. However, during flood clean up, the risk of wounds may be increased. For this reason, clean up workers should be sure that they are up to date with tetanus vaccination, ideally before starting clean up activities. Adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years.
Residents involved in clean up activities should contact their regular healthcare provider to arrange for a tetanus booster, if needed. Residents who do not have a healthcare provider may receive the vaccination at a Boulder County Public Health Immunization clinic. The cost is $21.50.

18
Sep

Longmont Flood Update 18:17

Please stay off of these greenways. The flooding has undercut many of the locations and they are subject to collapse. Parks_closures2_091813_200PM 

Neighborhood Updates:

Greens and Champion Greens

• We have two contractors and city crews clearing and removing debris. Contractors are utilizing loaders, skid steers, grapple trucks and a fleet of dump trucks. We also have the city grapple truck and one ton trucks in the area to support efforts. We estimate that we will be in the area through Friday at a minimum. At that point we should be able to strategically place additional roll-offs for those who may have additional debris.
• City crews are also collecting paints, chemicals, waste and appliances for appropriate disposal.

Valley Subdivision

• Roll-offs are deployed in the Valley Subdivision and bins are filling up quickly. Placement of additional bins and exchanges will occur tomorrow and we will deploy an additional two grapple truck (contractors) in the Valley Subdivision to expedite clean up.
• Additional contractors will begin tomorrow with loaders and dump trucks.

Golden Ponds Subdivision

• Looks good, the roll-off deployment worked well. We still have two roll-offs in place for residual cleanup.

St. Vrain Mobile Home Park

• We have provided a steady stream of roll-offs and residents are filling them. We deployed our packer truck yesterday to pick up additional materials. The roll-off strategy appears to work well here and we will continue to exchange roll offs until complete.

First Ave at Bowen

• Roll-off delivery and deployment working well. As of today, the container is not full

Missouri Ave

• Two roll-offs still along Missouri and as of today, they are not full. There is some debris on a couple properties, so we will continue to deploy roll-offs and exchange in those locations.

Delaware Street

• Several roll-offs have been delivered and exchanged and as of today there are two roll-offs on site.

2200 block Creekside neighborhood at Caleta Trail

• One roll-off has been delivered and filled, another will be delivered and continued exchanges will occur as needed.

Lefthand Drive at East of Bowen

• Two containers on the ground and will exchange as needed.

Springs Place

• Roll-offs delivered and exchanged and will be continued until complete.
• We will deploy our packer and loader to clean up at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Royal Mobile Home Park

• Delivered six (6) roll-offs with the expectation to deliver up to 12 at a time. Exchanges as needed.

Various calls from residents with flood debris

• We had about six calls from residents in the north east section of the city and are scheduled for collection tomorrow.

Regular Trash and recycle collection is completed on schedule

Artwalk

ArtWalk Longmont would like to convey our deepest concern to those affected by this catastrophic storm and to let our community know that our thoughts and prayers go out to all families, towns and neighborhoods that still have much to face in the months ahead.

ArtWalk is still scheduled to happen the evening of Friday, Sept 20 from 6 – 9 p.m. It’s always been Artwalk’s intention to be a downtown event that is a community driven art festival that is shared together. To raise money for those in need in our community, our downtown merchants/participants will have donation information in their locations and Artwalk is happy to include a station hosted by Longmont Community Foundation near the NE corner of 4th Ave (near Ziggis). This is a difficult time, but one thing is clear; we live in a great community with great people!
While the Downtown Longmont community is deeply saddened by the loss and destruction that many in our community are facing, we are overwhelmed by those calling to assist, help, volunteer and give. This weekend, there will be several ways for the community to gather, celebrate Longmont’s strength and donate to those in need in our community. In partnership with the Longmont Community Foundation, donations can be made to the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund. 100% of the proceeds will go directly toward helping the community recover from the devastation of the recent flooding.

There will be several opportunities to give financial donations to our community members in need. During Oktoberfest at Roosevelt Park on Friday and Saturday, September 20 – 21st, donations can be made to the Left Hand Brewing Foundation for Flood Relief 2013. On Sunday, Fireball Run kicks off in downtown Longmont. Teams will be assisting in raising money for the flood relief in our community. Come help us send off the 40 teams at 8 a.m. on the corner of 5th and Main - participate in the Tiny Tim fun run or just come cheer on the participants.

For all the details, visit www.downtownlongmont.com

18
Sep

Longmont Flood Information Update 16:21

Longmont has demonstrated we are a resilient community and open for business. Our city staff and community has demonstrated our strength and resolve. We are rebuilding our roads and infrastructure at unprecedented speeds. LPC has electricity to all but a few homes, we are providing clean drinking water to Longmont and Left Hand Water District. We are poised to bring power and Wi-Fi to Lyons.

We are Longmont Strong.

We are having great success in our neighborhoods with cleanup efforts. In addition to providing roll-offs dumpsters the City of Longmont has hired contractors with heavy equipment to assist in neighborhoods. They are using this equipment to clean debris piles filled with wet carpet, mud and silt. This has significantly added to the speed of our recovery. The city has heavy equipment in the flood areas, the additional cars on the streets are making it difficult to maneuver around. We are asking those who are helping friends and neighbors to park cars outside of the affected neighborhoods and walk in when you can.

Businesses continue to support the community. We’ve had tremendous support at our evacuation shelters, emergency operations center and out on the streets. Families and businesses owners are literally stopping in the streets and dropping food to crews and check points.

 

We have closed the call center. We are asking our community to call the necessary city department for future requests. These numbers are listed below.

Longmont Power and Communications (LPC) (303) 776-0011

Public Works and Natural Resources (PWNR) (303) 651-8416

Longmont Utility Billing (303) 651-8664

Longmont Building Inspections (303) 651-8332

Longmont Code Enforcement (303) 651-8695

Longmont Community Neighborhood Resources (303) 651-8444

Longmont Fire Services general information (303) 651-8437

Longmont Police Services general information (303) 651-8555

Police and Fire Emergencies – 911

Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.

 

Our OEM website will continue to be updated on a regular basis. This site also contains volumes of information, videos and frequently asked questions. This is a great resource if you have questions.

Longmont DAC Update:

The average wait time to meet with a FEMA representative at the Disaster Assistance Center is about 15 minutes. The average wait time for computer access to sign in for Boulder County services is about 10 minutes.

Buses are available for transport between Life Bridge Church and the DAC.

17
Sep

Boulder County District Attorney's Office Issues Illegal Dumping Warning

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett warns residents to be on the alert during the next days and weeks for illegal dumping of commercial waste by companies operating in the area after the flood disaster.

Boulder County has provided free dumpsters at various sites hit hard by the floods. These are intended for use by homeowners and renters, so that residents can get wet or damaged property out of their homes as quickly as possible.

City of Longmont roll off dumpsters have been placed in flood impacted areas. View map of locations.

However, there has been extreme pressure at legitimate disposal sites due to the sheer volume of the destruction caused by the flooding. The effect of this has been that clean-up companies have been dumping huge amounts of debris, carpet, drywall and other trash at the dumpster sites, often around the area of the dumpsters. Homeowners who are paying these companies are no doubt being charged the costs of dumping materials removed. Concerned residents who have seen this happening have already reported this activity to county personnel.

District Attorney Stan Garnett advises: “Clean up companies need to dispose of their waste responsibly and in a legal manner. Anyone who suspects illegal dumping should record the type of vehicle, license plate number, and any identifying logo on the truck. They should then call this in to the Emergency Call Center Line at 303 413 7730, or to my Community Protection Division at 303 441 3700. My office will be working with members of the public, other county staff and the Attorney General’s Office to prevent the dumping of hazardous or illegal waste in the County.”

The Community Protection Division of the District Attorney’s Office is also dealing with numerous consumer complaints related to the disaster and its consequences. Consumer specialists are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to assist anyone who has a problem. Complaints can also be filed online, at:
http://www.bouldercounty.org/safety/victim/pages/daconscomplaintform.aspx

 

 

17
Sep

Roll Off Dumpster Locations Available In Impacted Neighborhoods

As of 09:18 am  Roll off dumpsters will be available in the impacted neighborhoods, except Royal Street Mobile Home Park. Roll offs will be delivered to the Royal Street Mobile home park area once the evacuation order has been lifted.

The roll off dumpsters are being filled quickly. Once full, the roll offs will be removed and then an empty will return.

Twenty-three (23) roll offs were filled yesterday and needed to be changed out. Additional roll offs will be delivered today. However, heavy traffic on I-25 and HWY 66 is currently delaying delivery.

This morning, roll offs are available on Missouri Ave., Delaware Ave., 1st near Bowen, Bernard Ct., Center Place, Champion Circle, and Twin Peaks Circle.

Later on today, Tuesday, September 17th, roll offs will also be delivered to the areas of Columbia Drive, Troxell Ave., Lefthand Drive, and Wade Rd.

Additionally, the City of Longmont has also started collecting hazardous waste, paint, electronics and appliances that cannot be placed in the roll off dumpsters. Trucks will be canvassing the affected neighborhoods to pick these item up. If you have these items please place them on the front lawn, not the streets.

 

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