17
Sep

Video Posted from Monday September 16 Longmont State of the City Address

Longmont city leaders described the devastation caused by the 2013 flood and updated residents on current conditions.

The City of Longmont held a “State of the City” meeting Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 7pm (MST).

The meeting provided information regarding the flood as well as updates regarding progress in recovery, and community resources for recovery and restoration. City staff representatives scheduled included:

  • Dennis Coombs, Mayor of Longmont: Introduction and event overview
  • Harold Dominguez, Longmont City Manager: Overview of impacted areas
  • Dan Eamon, Emergency Operations Manager: Recovery Activities and resources for restoration
  • Dale Rademacher, Director of Public Works and Natural Resources

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17
Sep

Electric Safety After a Flood

Flooding forces homeowners to ask many difficult questions about water-damaged electrical equipment in their houses:

  • Can I use appliances after they dry out?
  • Are circuit breakers and fuses safe to use?
  • Will I need to replace my electrical wiring?

Floodwater contaminants can create serious fire hazards if electrical wiring and equipment have been submerged in water.  Even with professional cleaning and drying, sediments and toxins are difficult to remove.

As families begin to clean up after a flood, there may be hidden electrical hazards.  This is not a do-it-yourself project!  Before beginning, have a qualified electrician check the house wiring, assess other damages and proceed with repair work.  Then, follow these important safety tips:

  • If you smell natural gas or hear a blowing or hissing sound, quickly leave the home and call your natural gas provider.  Be aware that propane tanks also pose a risk if they are punctured or damaged.
  • Do not flip a switch or plug in an appliance until an electrician tells you it is safe.
  • Do not touch a circuit breaker or replace a fuse with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface. Use a dry plastic- or rubber-insulated tool to reset breakers and use only one hand.
  • Do not allow power cord connections to become wet.
  • Do not remove or bypass the ground pin on a three-prong plug.
  • Use portable ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protective devices on equipment and extension cords to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries.
  • Discard electrical devices that have been submerged (i.e., circuit breakers, fuses, GFCIs, receptacles, plugs and switches).
  • When using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner or a pressure washer, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid electric shock.
  • Portable generators emit carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous gas that is colorless and odorless.  For this reason, portable generators should never be used indoors or outdoors near open doors, windows or vents.
  • Do not turn on damaged electrical appliances.  Electrical parts can pose an electric shock hazard or overheat and cause a fire.

Replace or recondition?

Some items may be reconditioned, while others will need to be completely replaced to protect you and your family.  It is recommended that you allow an electrician or electrical inspector to guide the restoration or replacement of any electrical wiring or equipment.

Corrosion and insulation damage can occur when water and silt get inside electrical devices and products. Water can also damage the motors in electrical appliances.  Therefore, you may need to replace:

  • Circuit breakers and fuses
  • All electrical wiring systems
  • Light switches, thermostats, outlets, light fixtures, electric heaters and ceiling fans
  • Washing machines, dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, vacuums, power tools, exercise equipment and similar appliances.  Internal electrical components of this equipment could also be damaged.
  • Electronic equipment, including computers and home entertainment systems
17
Sep

Power Outage Updates - 14:30 - 9/17

As of 1PM this afternoon (9/17), LPC has restored power to most areas around town. Remaining outages are limited to areas where LPC cannot gain access or customers are not ready to have service back on. If customers do not have power and are ready for service, they should call 303-776-0011.

16
Sep

Longmont Flood Information Update 19:37 9/16/13

  • We have delivered roll-off dumpsters into the affected neighborhoods.  As the roll-offs are filled, they will be removed and replaced with an empty unit.  Jersey barriers have been installed at the closed bridges.
  • LPC has returned power to approximately 500 homes in Longmont and are working to restore power to the main feeder for Lyons.  Once the feeder is re-energized, then they can begin restoring power to the customers.
  • Weld County has opened a Recovery Assessment Center in south west Weld County.  This team will be located in the Human Services Offices, 4209 CR 24 1/2 , Del Camino.  They will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow until further notice.  Services include DHS, health, veterans, utilities, United Way, Red Cross and more.
  • Spirits seem high and many of the families were working together to help their neighbors with a variety of chores.
  • Several of our officers were extremely fortunate to have been stationed at Columbia Dr. and Mtn View Ave.  Through the generosity of a family, whose home was located in an effected area, they provided the officers with tables and a large standing umbrella to aid in their efforts.
  • Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Representative Cory Gardner, State Senator Matt Jones, State Representative Jonathan Singer and Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner paid a visit to Longmont and continued to offer their support.  Governor Hickenlooper even took a call in the call center.
  • We will be closing the call center tonight at 8:00 p.m.  We will re-open at 7:00 a.m.  If you have a power related outage, please call Longmont Power and Communications at (303) 776-0011.
16
Sep

Governor Hickenlooper Visits Longmont Monday 9/16

Governor Hickenlooper offered his support to the City of Longmont on Monday afternoon.

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16
Sep

La Ciudad de Longmont Llevará a Cabo una Reunión Informativa Sobre las Inundaciones Hoy Lunes el 16 de septiembre 2013 a las 7 pm

La Ciudad de Longmont llevará a cabo una reunión de "State of the City" Lunes, 16 de septiembre 2013 a las 7 pm (MST). La reunión se llevará a cabo en la Cámara del Concilio en el Centro Cívico de Longmont, 350 Kimbark St.

La reunión está diseñada para proporcionar información sobre la inundación. Esta reunión también ofrecerá actualizaciones sobre el progreso en la recuperación, y los recursos para la recuperación y restauración de la comunidad. Representantes del personal de la Ciudad programadas incluyen:

  • Dennis Coombs, Alcalde de Longmont: Introducción y visión general de eventos
  • Harold Domínguez, Longmont City Manager: Visión general de las zonas afectadas
  • Dan Eamon, Emergency Operations Manager: las actividades de recuperación y los
  • recursos para la restauración
  • Dale Rademacher, Director de Obras Públicas y Recursos Naturales

Los residentes y los empleados pueden asistir a la reunión en persona. Sin embargo, aquellos en los límites de la ciudad  pueden ver el encuentro en vivo en Longmont Comcast Cable Canal 8, escucharlo por la radio en KRCN 1060 am (en ingles) o en una transmisión en vivo en www.longmontchannel.com.

La emisión se publicará más adelante en el día en la página web del canal 8 y se reenviados periódicamente.

16
Sep

City of Longmont To Hold A “State of the City” Meeting Tonight, Monday, September 16th at 7pm

The City of Longmont will hold a “State of the City” meeting Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 7pm (MST). The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at the Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St.

The meeting is designed to provide information regarding the flood. This meeting will also provide updates regarding progress in recovery, and community resources for recovery and restoration. City staff representatives scheduled includes:

  • Dennis Coombs, Mayor of Longmont: Introduction and event overview
  • Harold Dominguez, Longmont City Manager: Overview of impacted areas
  • Dan Eamon, Emergency Operations Manager: Recovery Activities and resources for restoration
  • Dale Rademacher, Director of Public Works and Natural Resources

Residents and employees can attend this meeting in person. However, those in the city limits can view the meeting live on Longmont Comcast Cable Channel 8 or on a live feed at www.longmontchannel.com or listen to the audio feed on the radio at KRCN 1060 am. The broadcast will be posted later in the day on Channel 8’s website and will be re-broadcasted periodically.

16
Sep

Electric Safety After a Flood 15:36

Flooding forces homeowners to ask many difficult questions about water-damaged electrical equipment in their houses:

  • Can I use appliances after they dry out?
  • Are circuit breakers and fuses safe to use?
  • Will I need to replace my electrical wiring?

Floodwater contaminants can create serious fire hazards if electrical wiring and equipment have been submerged in water.  Even with professional cleaning and drying, sediments and toxins are difficult to remove.

As families begin to clean up after a flood, there may be hidden electrical hazards.  This is not a do-it-yourself project!  Before beginning, have a qualified electrician check the house wiring, assess other damages and proceed with repair work.

Important safety tips:

  • If you smell natural gas or hear a blowing or hissing sound, quickly leave the home and call your natural gas provider.  Be aware that propane tanks also pose a risk if they are punctured or damaged.
  • Do not flip a switch or plug in an appliance until an electrician tells you it is safe.
  • Do not touch a circuit breaker or replace a fuse with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface. Use a dry plastic- or rubber-insulated tool to reset breakers and use only one hand.
  • Do not allow power cord connections to become wet.
  • Do not remove or bypass the ground pin on a three-prong plug.
  • Use portable ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protective devices on equipment and extension cords to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries.
  • Discard electrical devices that have been submerged (i.e., circuit breakers, fuses, GFCIs, receptacles, plugs and switches).
  • When using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner or a pressure washer, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid electric shock.
  • Portable generators emit carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous gas that is colorless and odorless.  For this reason, portable generators should never be used indoors or outdoors near open doors, windows or vents.

 

16
Sep

If We Can't Reach You...We Can't Alert You

Longmont Emergency Mass Notification System

You must sign up by visiting http://ci.longmont.co.us/police/massnotification.htm and  clicking on the red button at the left and following the instructions. If you need alerts at more than one location, you will need to fill out separate registration forms for each address.

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 fibre 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].

Is there a fee to use the service? No. The service is free to residents of Boulder County. Those who sign up to be notified via text messages and email will be responsible for any data charges or fees associated with receiving email or text messages charged by their cell phone service provider.

What if my phone number or email address changes? If your cell phone, work phone or email address changes, you are responsible for accessing this website, logging back into your account that you created and updating the information.

Will I get emergency notifications if I do not sign up? If you do not sign up, you will receive emergency notification on your traditional landline home phone. See above.

Why are emergency service providers switching to this service? This service allows public agencies to make notifications in multiple ways to increase the likelihood that residents and businesses are notified of emergencies. It also helps us serve the growing number of people who are using cell phones as their primary telephone.

Will my contact information be shared with others? No. The information that you provide will be used for emergency notification purposes only. It will not be provided to any vendor or organization or be used for any other purpose.

Will I be guaranteed to receive the notification? We can not monitor the current or future accuracy of the information provided by participants in this program. It is the sole responsibility of participants to keep any information provided current and accurate. We do not assume legal responsibility for inaccurate information or technical difficulties that may result in notification failures.

Do I need to enter an actual address? Yes. The system is based on geographical boundaries and will not accept post office box addresses.

If I have a "blocked" phone will this impact receiving emergency messages? Yes, you will not receive the notification call with a blocked telephone line.

If I am in a location that is different than the address that I enter into the website for my wireless phone, will I still be contacted if an emergency affects the address entered? Yes. No matter where you are physically located, you will receive calls for emergencies that affect the address entered into the website. So if you are on vacation in a different state you will still receive a phone call if the address you entered is affected by an emergency.

If you have further questions, please call (303)651-8566. If no one immediately answers this phone line, please leave a message and someone will return your call.

16
Sep

Centro de Asistencia de Desastres se abre a las 10 AM en el Twin Peaks Mall

Contamos con computadoras en la Biblioteca Pública para asistir con el llenado de Aplicaciones de Desastre

La ciudad de Longmont abrirá un Centro de Asistencia para Desastres (DAC) el lunes 16 de septiembre a las 10 a.m. (MST). El centro estará ubicado en el Twin Peaks Mall, 1250 S. Hover Road, en e la Antigua tienda Steve and Barry.

El Centro de Asistencia para Desastres (CAD) permitirá a los propietarios de la comunidad a encontrarse cara a cara con los proveedores de servicios y entender cómo pueden recibir ayuda para iniciar el proceso de recuperación y para tener acceso a las computadoras para llenar las solicitudes de asistencia por desastre. Para la apertura inciial, representantes de la compañٕías de seguros estarán disponibles para ayudar a sostener los daños a la propiedad. Los representantes de las agencias estatales y de FEMA no estarán presentes en la jornada inaugural, pero se unirán en el centro en los próximos días.

Se pide a los residentes y dueños de propiedades que necesitan asistencia por desastre a completar su solicitud para la asistencia, a través del sitio de internet www.disasterassistance.gov Para ayudar en este proceso, computadoras estarán disponibles en la Twin Peaks Mall DAC. Dieciocho computadoras adicionales se encuentran en la Biblioteca Pública de Longmont (ubicada en la 409 4th Avenue con una entrada en Kimbark St.) usando un sistema de reserva en persona. En cada lugar, el personal estará disponible para proporcionar ayuda y contestar preguntas sobre cómo completar los formularios.

Los ciudadanos que necesiten asistencia deberían notar lo siguiente :

  • Póngase en contacto con su propia compañía de seguros antes de completar la solicitud de asistencia.
  • Crear una contraseña para el uso del formulario y mantener esta contraseña para futuras consultas. La aplicación tomará entre 18 a 20 minutos.
  • Traiga la siguiente información para completar la aplicación: Su información de contacto, donde usted puede actualmente contactarse (puede ser diferente de la dirección donde sufrió el daño), dirección de donde se produjeron los daños, información acerca de su pólizas de seguros, su número de seguro social y su ingreso buto al momento de la inundación.

Si vive en un refugio, se les pide a los residentes que marquen la casilla “acogida masiva” que aparece en el formulario. Si solicita múltiples desastres, los residentes necesitarán completar su aplicación en el sitio de internet por cada propiedad que fue dañada. Si aplica asistencia para ambos su casa y su negocio, los residentes deben completar una sóla aplicación para las pérdidas combinadas.

Mangenga copias de su número federal de identificación y su número de reclamo al finalizar este proceso en el sitio de internet.

Para los miembros de la comunidad que sufrieron daño en su propiedad pueden también aplicar por
teléfono para asistencia a FEMA o llamar al 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA).

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