City Manager Flood Update -- City Council meeting September 24, 2013: Longmont City Manager Harold Dominguez gives overview of infrastructure damage in the city. He also describes the process for working with FEMA and other agencies in the coming weeks and months.
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Behind the Badge -- Longmont Police provide tips to avoid scams: Police Detective Mark Cooper warns the public to be aware of possible scammers in the area. Always ask for ID when people knock on your door claiming to be FEMA agents, cleanup companies, contractors, builders and other agencies.
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Xcel / PSCo must immediately cut out and replace a section of 4" High Pressure Gas Transmission Pipeline that previously was suspended over Left Hand Creek northeast of the intersection of CO - 119 and S. Martin St. along the Saint Vrain Greenbelt. The "A-Frame" supports that held the pipe in suspension were damaged and washed out during the flood and they must re-establish these supports and replace that section of the pipe that now lies in the creek bottom. This is an emergency situation as Xcel has to shut off the gas in this line as a safety precaution. Customers in the area are in jeopardy of losing service. Call
1-800-895-1999 for more information.
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.
The City of Longmont will be changing out water meters in affected flooded areas beginning Thursday, September 26, 2013. The Public Works & Natural Resources Department’s Utility Technicians will be going door to door to replace water meters that have been damaged by flooded basements. The City expects a significant failure rate due to the connections being under water.
All Utility Technicians will have a City of Longmont badge and will be driving a City vehicle. There is no charge for this replacement. If you have any questions, want to verify a Technician is with the City, your meter cannot be changed out, or you have not been contacted by our technicians and need to set up and appointment, please call 303-651-8468.
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]
Longmont City Manager Harold Dominguez will give a flood update to the City Council on Tuesday night at 7 pm in council chambers located in the Civic Center at 350 Kimbark St.
The community is invited to attend.
If you can't make it to the meeting, but would like to watch it live, it will be broadcasting on Comcast cable channel 8 and live streaming at www.longmontchannel.com.
If you want to watch the meeting at a later date, it will be recorded and posted to the City of Longmont website here:
If Longmont residents had personal or sensitive documents ruined as a result of flooding, they can bring those documents to the City of Longmont’s next Shredding Event on October 12. Longmont residents should set those personal documents aside, let them dry and bring them to the Waste Diversion Center at 140 Martin St. between 9 am and 2 pm on October 12. Residents must bring their Longmont utility bill showing the waste management fee. Call 303-651-8416 for more information.
The Longmont Community Foundation has established the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund. It is designed to provide financial resources to charitable organizations that are involved in the relief and rebuilding efforts in the St. Vrain Valley related to the September 2013 flood.
The 12 member selection committee will review each request and make its recommendations quickly. The grant application is purposely brief because our intent is to not make it burdensome for those organizations that are helping our community recover. 100% of funds received will be distributed and a final report of the distributions will be available on our website after the funds have been expended from the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund.
For more info visit: https://www.longmontfoundation.org/