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.

 

 

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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20
Sep

Flood Fundraising in Longmont This Weekend (9/20 - 9/22)

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.

  • On Friday, September 20 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.  ArtWalk will still be held, although Main Street will still be open to vehicular traffic. Activities will be moved to 4th and 5th Avenues directly off of Main Street.  All participating businesses will have information on how to give and cash or checks can be contributed at the Longmont Community foundation/Longmont Downtown Development Authority booth at 4th and Main near Ziggi’s Coffee.
  • 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 Center fun run or just come cheer on the participants.

Oktoberfest on YouTube

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Fireball Run on YouTube

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19
Sep

Recreation Facility Closures/Program Cancellations

If you are looking to register for classes, you may do so online, at the Recreation Center, or at Centennial Pool. The St. Vrain Memorial Building is NOT open for registration.

Longmont Recreation Center and Centennial Pool are open during regular business hours. Classes and programs at those sites will be held as scheduled.

  • The St Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave, 303-651-8404 is open as an emergency shelter. Classes and programs scheduled at the St Vrain Memorial Building are cancelled through Friday, Sept. 20. Classes and programs are scheduled to resume Saturday, Sept. 21 unless otherwise noted.
  • Izaak Walton Clubhouse, 18 S Sunset, is CLOSED until further notice. All programs including yoga and drumming happening there are cancelled. Class participants will be credited for cancelled classes through Sept. 22. We are working on securing alternate meeting locations for classes that meet there after Sept. 22 and hope to have an update on Friday. Stay tuned for e-mail updates.

The following parks have been deemed unsafe and are closed to the public:

  • Kanemoto park
  • Lefthand park
  • Valley park
  • Rogers Grove
  • Golden Ponds
  • Highway 119 trailhead
  • Izaak Walton ponds and Nature Area (including club house)
  • St. Vrian Greenway
  • Left Hand Creek Greenway
  • Dry Creek Greenway

Reservations for the parks that remain open can be made online.

Recreation Programs and Events scheduled to occur that have been CANCELLED:

  • Memorial Building classes/programs scheduled through Friday, Sept 20, including fitness classes, tumbling classes, and all other preschool/youth/adult classes.
  • Small Wonders Preschool classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, Sept. 23 unless otherwise noted.
  • Terrific 2's and 3's held at the Memorial Building on Friday, Sept. 20.
  • Itty Bitty City held at the Memorial Building on Friday, Sept. 20.
  • Best case scenario, programs are set to resume Monday, Sept. 23. Please stay tuned for more information.

How can I help? 

Donations: The City of Longmont is requesting that donations go to central sources and has updated information for individuals interested in helping those affective by the flooding. Financial donations can be sent to www.longmontfoundation.org and donations of volunteer time or items can be registered at www.helpcoloradonow.com.

Where to get more information

Disaster Recovery Center: A disaster recovery center is open at Twin Peaks Mall 1250 S Hover. For more information please visit www.longmontoem.org.

Up to date info/road closures/openings

Check our website at: www.longmontoem.org
Residents interested in current information are requested to use social media sites including the City's Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as relying on the web and other media.

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