4
Jun

Flood Update for the Berthoud Area

The Flash Flood Emergency is continuing in Berthoud, with three homes reported destroyed and 12 damaged, though the severe weather is delaying damage assessments. The Little Thompson River remains high due to runoff and reservoirs are full, according to authorities.  The Red Cross has activated the Berthoud Community Center as an overnight shelter at 248 Welch St. 

4
Jun

National Weather Service Calling Tornado Watch Over

The tornado watch for the Longmont area has expired according to the NWS.

Follow the National Weather Service for up to date information. 

4
Jun

Not sure what the difference is between Flood Watch, Flash Flood Watch or Warnings?

FEMA and the National Weather Service use the following terms to announce flood information:

Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately

#COWX

4
Jun

The National Weather Service has sent out a flash flood emergency

The National Weather Service has sent  out a flash flood emergency for the following area:  Hwy 66 on south, 55th on the West, Larimer County line on the north, Weld County Line on the East.

4
Jun

The City of Longmont has activated our Emergency Operations Center as a precaution.

The Longmont OEM page is up.  Please watch for updates at www.longmontoem.org

The City of Longmont has activated our Emergency Operations Center as a precaution.  We have experienced some traffic light outages, but most have been fixed.  As a reminder, if the traffic lights are out, you must treat it like a four way stop.  

I’ve attached two weather updates.  A Flash Flood Warning for Larimer, Weld and Boulder County and a river update.  We are monitoring the St. Vrain River and Left Hand Creek.  Flows are listed below. 

Flash Flood Warning for Larimer, Weld, Boulder Counties, CO

Active for next 24 minutes · 

National Weather Service

This alert has been updated.

Posted 16 minutes ago

The Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 10:15 pm MDT for Southeastern Larimer, Northeastern Boulder and southwestern Weld counties. At 9:19 pm MDT, the thunderstorm producing very heavy rain was located near Berthoud, or 19 miles south of Fort Collins, and was nearly stationary. Radar has indicated between 4 to 6 inches of rain has fallen halfway between Berthoud and Lyons with lesser amounts in the surrounding area between Riverside, Johnstown, Mead and hygiene. Runoff from the area with the heaviest rainfall will flow into Saint Vrain Creek between Lyons and hygiene and also on the little Thompson River southwest of Berthoud and produce flooding. Stream levels along Little Thompson River and Saint Vrain Creek could rise up very quickly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include: Southern Greeley, Longmont, Southwestern Loveland, Evans. Firestone, Johnstown, Milliken, Berthoud, Mead, Platteville. Lyons and Gilcrest.

The storm remains nearly stationary east of Lyons, north to Berthoud.  Around 2 inches of rain is possible in the warned area in the next couple hours.  This rainfall will exacerbate the flooding.

If you live in these areas follow these recommended actions.

Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life. This is becoming a very dangerous situation.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, highways and underpasses. Additionally. Country Roads and farmlands along the banks of creeks, streams and other low lying areas are subject to flooding.

http://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=8f6328baad26335e&hl=en&gl=US&source=web

 

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9:22 P.M. update

EOC open and staffed, our focus currently is on continuing the public information campaign and watching the rainfall over the St. Vrain drainage. 

Flood Warning issued until 9:00 tomorrow morning, 4 to 5 inches of rain has fallen in the Lyons area over the St. Vrain drainage.

No significant impacts to the City yet, the gauge at Lyons has risen 600 cfs in the last two hours.

Our concern at this point is flash flooding on the Lefthand and/or St. Vrain.  PD is monitoring both rivers.

4
Jun

Longmont Power & Communications Responding to Small Power Outages

LPC is responding to a number of small power outages caused by the severe weather, mostly due to downed tree limbs. The reports are from the Hygiene area and near Colo. 66 and Hover St.

4
Jun

City of Longmont Severe Weather Updates

City of Longmont Severe Weather Updates 

We will be using this website to continue to post our updates related to the current weather situation in Longmont.

Stay Connected

You can also visit the City of Longmont's social media sites:

City of Boulder and Boulder County Social Media Sites:

Twitter

  • @BoulderCounty (county)
  • @BoulderColorado (city)
  • @BoulderOEM (Boulder City & County Office of Emergency Management)
  • @BoulderCoHHS (Boulder County Housing & Human Services)

Facebook:

  • /bouldercounty (county)
  • /bouldercolorado.gov (city)
  • /boulderoem (Emergency Management)
2
Oct

Flood Information, Updates Can Be Found On City's Main Website

We will no longer be posting updates to the LongmontOEM.com which was used heavily during the flood emergency. We are transitioning from emergency response to relief and recovery. Any further communications over the next several months and years related to disaster assistance, infrastructure repairs, housing, and recovery of our community will be found on the city's main website at http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/flood-info/.

Thank you to the Longmont Community for all of your assistance for pulling together and overcoming adversity during the September Flood. The city has received many acknowledgements from the public on a "job well done". They are grateful for the city's planning and emergency response. Here are a couple of examples of the types of comments that we've been receiving.

"Thank you. Thank you all for how you are handling this flood disaster. Especially thank the OEM,public workers, police, firemen, city leaders, volunteers. Everyone, really, thank you. OEM seems to have handled this beyond well given the circumstances; preparedness has paid off. Longmont water, power, and government preparations and wisdom can be seen. I am glad we moved here two years ago, to a community that comes together in disaster instead of falling apart. That has plans and is prepared; that paid extra taxes and got things done ahead of time. A community that strives to support itself and provide for itself and others in their time of need. Thank you for keeping us all safe and working so hard. Thank you." ~ JP of Longmont

"As a resident of Longmont’s Southmoor Park neighborhood, I want to thank the City of Longmont’s Public Works and Natural Resources Department for the leadership and foresight they showed over the past two years in making improvements to the Left Hand Creek channel between 287 and Pike Road for the purpose of flood mitigation. While the damage to the Southmoor Park neighborhood was significant, the destruction of property would certainly have been far worse without these improvements (it removed 185 houses from the flood plain). I completely believe that these improvements saved my home, and my street from sustaining significant damage. Thank you all for your service to our community and for making Longmont such a great place to live! " ~ AM of Longmont

"Thank you very much for keeping our neighborhoods safe and for the quick response to clean them after the flood. It was amazing to see the City and the faith community work together to respond. Great work. " ~ KS of Longmont

 To stay up-to-date with disaster assistance and recovery efforts please visit.

You can also visit the City's social media sites:

City of Boulder and Boulder County Social Media Sites:

Twitter

  • @BoulderCounty (county)
  • @BoulderColorado (city)
  • @BoulderOEM (Emergency Management)
  • @BoulderCoHHS (Housing & Human Services)

Facebook:

  • /bouldercounty (county)
  • /bouldercolorado.gov (city)
  • /boulderoem (Emergency Management)

#longmontflood

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.

 

 

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