10
Feb

Longmont is closing the Emergency Operations Center

Longmont is closing the Emergency Operations Center at this time.

There remains one section of town without power. The City of Longmont is estimating that this area will have power restored  by 3pm this afternoon. The outage area is bordered as follows: Quebec on the North, Pecan Street on the South; Main Street on the West;  Maple Street/Walnut Street on the East. We are estimating at about 430 customers are affected by this outage.

If you need additional information about the fire which is outside of the Longmont city limits, please follow Boulder Office of Emergency Management on Facebook, or @BoulderOEM on Twitter.  The Boulder OEM call center phone number is 303-413-7730.

10
Feb

Boulder County OEM Reports Following Road Closures

Update: The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management has reported road closures at 61st and Nelson Road, eastbound 69th and St. Vrain, southbound 65th and Nelson, northbound Lee Hill Road and Wagonwheel Gap, and Bow Mountain Road and Wagonwheel Gap due to the morning's fires. 

10
Feb

Update on the Rogers Fire as of 10am

As of 10am the wildfire near Rogers Road is contained. For more information please refer to Boulder County OEM on their Twitter account and follow this GIS map from Boulder County OEM about closed road, limited access roads and approximate incident locations.

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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20
Sep

Boulder County Transportation Working To Restore Access To Communities and Assess Countywide Road Transportation System

Boulder County, Colo. – The entire Northern Front Range and Northeastern plains region has experienced the most devastating flood in Colorado History. Over a 5-day period, more than 15” of rain fell on Boulder County alone, causing extensive road and infrastructure damage throughout the county. Larimer and Jefferson Counties have also incurred significant infrastructure damage.

Despite all county Transportation resources being deployed within the county since the beginning of the storm, there is much roadwork damage that will require extensive repairs over the next several weeks and months, and even years.

“Many residents will be impacted for a long time by the total loss of roads and bridges in some areas,” said Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle. “We want to make everyone aware of the amount of work taking place in the county and give you an accurate picture of the preliminary damage assessments that are guiding our efforts as we move forward.”

Roadwork
Since the moment the floodwaters began affecting our county roads, county crews have been out working to provide access for emergency responders, utility companies, and residents cut off by floodwaters. Additionally, crews have been closing dangerous roads, hauling water to communities without water and arranging transportation for evacuees.

Here are some recent major emergency roadway repairs:

  • Established connection to Jamestown for residents by replacing several temporary culverts and bridging drainages 20 feet deep and 50 feet across
  • Reestablished access to Lee Hill and Olde Stage Rd.
  • Reopened Flagstaff Road
  • Kept Sunshine Canyon open as only east-west connection to the mountains for residents, utilities and emergency vehicles
  • Provided access from Gold Hill nearly to Salina via Gold Run and are working up the Fourmile Canyon, giving access to Logan Mill residents
  • Opened up Linden through Pinebrook Hills
  • Kept many of the roads in the eastern county open for business throughout the storm

Our focus has now shifted to providing access to communities that remain cut-off by the storm, such as Fourmile Canyon, Lefthand Canyon, Wagon Wheel area and Bow Mountain connections to Pinebrook.

This work has involved building new roads in areas where previous roads have completely disappeared. In many cases, these roads are temporary and for local resident access only. As we gain access to many of the areas that have been severely impacted, we will be evaluating damage and determining how best to quickly restore more permanent access. However, it will take some time before these roads are completely restored.

We have also been evaluating damage of all major roads throughout the county and have identified multiple bridges and structures that have washed out that will need to be reconstructed along with roads that need reconstruction in both the plains and mountains.

“The damage has been so significant that our commuting and recreational patterns have been changed dramatically, and we ask that the community be patience as we work to restore access and infrastructure over the next months and years,” Gerstle said.

Current Status update:

  • Access North to South in Boulder County is largely intact east of Broadway Ave. (Hwy 93 South/US36 North).
  • 95th street between Valmont and Lookout, N.83rd at the Larimer County line, and East County Line at SH 119 near Longmont is still closed.
  • West of Broadway, the only North/ South access between Estes Park on the North to I-70 on the South is Hwy 72/119, the Peak to Peak Highway.
  • The only East/West route is Sunshine Canyon from Peak to Peak to Boulder. We are limiting access to Sunshine Canyon in the following way:
    • Local residents
    • Utilities and contractors with verifiable business to residential homes or businesses
    • No recreational traffic will be allowed on Sunshine Canyon.
  • Hwy 72 (Coal Creek Canyon) is closed to all but emergency traffic and utilities. Access to some residents can happen from Hwy 72 (Peak to Peak) down to Wonderview.
  • Flagstaff has been damaged from Gregory Canyon to Panorama Point. The road is down to one lane controlled by cones and one-way traffic light. Access limited to residence and legitimate business. Gross Reservoir is closed to recreational activities. Gross Dam Road is closed to through traffic.
  • Boulder Canyon is closed indefinitely after CDOT engineer’s assessment not only of the road integrity by the canyon wall stability. There is no access to Boulder Canyon from Nederland, Magnolia, Sugarloaf, or Hurricane Hill. These areas to go west to SH 72 (Peak to Peak)
  • Limited access from SH 119 will be given to residents of lower 119, and we’re working right now to provide access to Fourmile Canyon Drive through to Gold Hill
  • We are asking that those residents confine their trips as the traffic on the roads is interfering with CDOT crews working in the canyon as well as Fourmile Canyon.
  • Linden is open to residents, utilities and verifiable business only
  • USFS has closed the National Forest to all recreational purposes in Boulder County East of the Peak to Peak Highway.
  • Lee Hill is closed at 4th street. Access will be granted to residents and legitimate business
  • US 36 north is closed at the Middle Fork Bridge. Residence of Crestview Estates can access their homes.
  • Lower Left Hand is open to the 1.3 mm for residence. It is closed from the 1.3 mm to the Peak to Peak.
  • James Canyon is closed from the Junction of Left Hand to Jamestown.
  • Overland Rd from Hwy 72 is closed to residents, utilities and emergency vehicles only
  • US 36 closed at Hwy 66 due to structural damage to the bridge.
  • US 36 closed into and out of Lyons to Estes Park
  • Hwy 7 closed from Lyons to Hwy 72 (Peak to Peak)

As Winter Approaches
As we approach winter, crews will continue to plow roads as close to our normal routes as possible, and we’ll be working throughout the winter to keep these roads open to the extent poss. However, people should expect more closures should it be a bad winter. Particularly in the mountains, residents will have to be extremely cautious as they are temporary and will be subject to wash-out and require frequent repairs.

Especially during the coming months, as CDOT works to restores the major routes throughout the county, we ask people to stay out of the mountains and ask that the road be used by residents and those working to help residents restore their lives.

Contact: Barbara Halpin, Boulder County
720-564-2935 (EOC Media Line)

--www.bouldercountyflood.org—
Images: Examples of road damage in Boulder County. Source: Boulder County Transportation Department

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20
Sep

Entertainment Series Filming In Longmont Mobilizes To Assist Flood Effort

ENTERTAINMENT SERIES FILMING IN LONGMONT MOBILIZES TO ASSIST FLOOD EFFORT

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO, FLORIDA- Longmont, Colorado was selected as the official Green Flag City for the 2013 FIREBALL RUN live event & online TV series. Recruitment of the series from Universal Studios Florida was a collaborate effort between City of Longmont Economic Development and Longmont Tourism.

Scheduled live events and filming was to begin this Saturday with celebrity, business leader, and elected leadership arriving from all over the world. Longmont was selected as the official starting line city for the massive 2000 mile, 45 team live action online TV series. Then came the biblical storm. Show producers in Florida closely monitored national news and for a moment it seemed the production would be scrapped in the city; instead the opposite happened.

The shows Executive Producer refused to let a biblical storm change their view on Longmont. “It was decided amongst show leadership we will stick with this city and see it through. We have over 100 of the countries most progressive business leaders and influential industry leaders from all around arriving into Longmont. While here, we’re going to help these people get back to normal.” Said Sanchez.

FIREBALL RUN Teams will meet tomorrow at 9:00 am at Longmont Meals on Wheels. Together they will serve as “Celebrity Delivery Drivers” expediting meals throughout Longmont in vehicles ranging from a 1978 Rolls Royce, to several Ferraris, even the Time Car from Back to the Future. Celebrity drivers include Astronaut Jon McBride, Lamborghini Legend Valentino Balboni, Longbeach Grand Prix Winner Shea Holbrook, World Champion Wake boarder Tarah Mikacich, the Co-host of car warriors on SpeedChannel, Ray McClelland, renown stunt driver Artie Malesci, 2 Ohio State Representatives, the Mayor of Riverside California, and an entire barrage of business and elected leaders from all around. “This is awesome. These people from other cities putting our interests over theirs.” Said Karla “More than an entertainment series. FIREBALL RUN is good people, having a great time, doing the right thing”, said Matthew Morak, the shows Community Affairs liaison.

In addition to serving meals, FIREBALL RUN organized an impromptu telethon for this Saturdays live event taping. All drivers will man phones eliciting their families, friends, and fans to make cash donations to the City of Longmont Foundation. 100% of the proceeds to be use exclusively to support the flood effort.

FIREBALL RUN is the Most Epic Adventurally in America® a gripping and emotional 8 day, 2500 mile, life-sized trivia game, where America serves as the game board; 40 driving teams compete for glory, bragging rights, and a plastic road sign, all while aiding in a massive effort to recover America's missing children. The highly popular online TV episodic series is watched world wide by an audience of 1.7 million and has aided in the recovery of 38 missing kids. Last year the show earned $44 million in positive exposure for its previous Green Flag City, Independence Ohio. The event is taped live and the public is encouraged to come out and meet the celebrities and check out the cars beginning at 8 am this Saturday September 21st in Roosevelt Park.

The show can be seen live at FIREBALL RUN’s site www.FIREBALLRUN.com/live. Entire episodes are available at www.fireballrun.com

FIREBALL RUN contact (407) 224-5403 [email protected]
Longmont contact Hanna LaForrest (720) 438-9577 [email protected]

19
Sep

View Digital Globe’s Aerial Satellite Imagery - Lyons and Longmont Floods 2013.

Please see the download the attached document from Digital Globe’s to view satellite imagery from the Lyons and Longmont Floods 2013.

 Download the 14 page Adobe Acrobat FirstLook Report Historic Flooding in Colorado (4.3 mb)

 

19
Sep

Longmont Flood Update 12:36

Public Works and Natural Resources (PWNR) have repaired and opened 119th Street at the St. Vrain river.  This was a major accomplishment – many thanks to the PWNR crews and engineers.     

Our neighborhood cleanup has been going well.  Thank you for parking outside of the affected neighborhoods when helping.  These little things have allowed equipment to operate freely on some of the narrow streets.  PWNR and contractors have moved volumes of material from these neighborhoods, but we still have more work to do. 

Additional roll-offs are coming to the affected business areas soon.   

Hayden Ct. paving operations are in progress.  Please be aware of the extra equipment and trucks moving asphalt. 

Be aware of possible scammers who may target you at your home or via a fraudulent charity.  FEMA will never ask for money when doing an inspection. 

Charity fraud tips:
The Longmont Police Department has always recommended residents donate only to agencies that you have researched. Do not donate in response to requests you receive via the phone, email, or by mail. Look up the phone number of the agency, and call that agency directly. Ask questions about what your money will fund.  If you need further information, the Boulder County District Attorney's Office has a department which has great information on where/how to research a non-profit agency before donating.... including a state website to look up information on that non-profit. See "donating to charity" on this page http://www.bouldercounty.org/safety/victim/pages/dacpd.aspx The Longmont Community Foundation is an established local organization; you may donate to them or contact them for suggestions of local organizations to support. They can be found at longmontfoundation.org or by calling (303) 678-6555.

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