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.

 

 

27
Sep

City Manager Flood Update: City Council Meeting September 24, 2013

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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23
Sep

Grant Application Available for the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund

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.

Application and Guidelines PDF

For more info visit: https://www.longmontfoundation.org/

23
Sep

Colorado Senator Mark Udall Visits Longmont DAC

Colorado Senator Mark Udall toured the Disaster Assistance Center in Longmont on Sunday morning.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall toured the Disaster Assistance Center in Longmont on Sunday morning.

20
Sep

Outage and Emergency Contact Numbers Over the Weekend

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Call Center run by the City of Longmont is now closed. The city has resumed normal business hours. If you have a life threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1. Otherwise, you can contact our non-emergency numbers for specific service requests.

  • Non-emergency dial 303-651-8501
  • Longmont Power & Communications Power Outage 303-776-0011

You can find resources related to City services and functions on our Additional Resources page or Contact Info page. You may also visit the City of Longmont website to contact other areas directly.

Residents can also visit the Disaster Assistance Center located in the Twin Peaks Mall (former Steve and Barry's space) at 1250 South Hover. It is open 9 am - 7pm seven days a week until the need subsides.

20
Sep

Disaster Assistance Center is Open to Help Those Affected by the Flood

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Location: The Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) is located at 1250 South Hover. The DAC entrance is located on the west side of the Twin Peaks Mall in the former location of Steve & Barry’s just south of Sears.
Hours of operation: The center will operate from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., seven days a week until the need subsides.
Who is being helped: This center is open to serve all Boulder County residents.
What residents need to bring with them: Please bring any paperwork that would assist in verifying your address and assisting with your needs such as utility bills, identification, social security number, insurance policy paperwork, etc.
How can residents contact the DAC: Due to the temporary nature of the facility, no phone service exists and we encourage residents to come in with any questions or help they need.  
Agencies represented at the DAC:  FEMA, Workforce Boulder County, Boulder County Public Health, Boulder County Land Use, the OUR Center, and American Family Insurance. Three other non-profits are also on-site to assist with private home clean up: Convoy of Hope, Samaritans Purse, and the Southern Baptist Convention. For those in need of clean up kits, bottled water and other necessities assistance can be found at the DAC.
NOTE ABOUT FEMA: FEMA requires that all residents register www.disasterassistance.gov. You may do this at the DAC or you may do this prior to going to the DAC. If you are denied FEMA coverage initially, please READ THE ENTIRE LETTER, as it outlines the possibility that you need to supply insurance information in order to receive assistance.
The Salvation Army is taking part in the assistance efforts in Longmont. Longmont area victims of the 2013 flood can report to the Twin Peaks mall at 1250 S. Hover.

The Salvation Army is taking part in the assistance efforts in Longmont. Longmont area victims of the 2013 flood can report to the Twin Peaks mall at 1250 S. Hover.

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

Senator Bennet Visits Disaster Assistance Center

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet met with Longmont City Council members, a Lyons trustee, a Boulder County Commissioner and a Nederland representative on Friday at the Disaster Assistance Center.

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet met with Longmont City Council members, a Lyons trustee, a Boulder County Commissioner and a Nederland representative on Friday at the Disaster Assistance Center.

Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs thanks Colorado Senator Michael Bennet for his support during a brief meeting at the Disaster Assistance Center in Longmont.

Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs thanks Colorado Senator Michael Bennet for his support during a brief meeting at the Disaster Assistance Center in Longmont.

 

 

 

20
Sep

FEMA Representation In Flooded Areas And How to Prepare Documentation To Speed Up Assistance

Over the next couple of weeks to months contractors and FEMA representatives will be working in Longmont.

Remember:

1. A FEMA representative or FEMA Inspector will never ask you for money or to sign a contract for home repairs
2. FEMA representatives will have identification
3. If you haven’t applied for assistance or called your insurance company, be suspicious
4. Use local area contractors or businesses, be leery of door to door solicitors
5. If your concerned, ask them to come back at a scheduled time and ask a neighbor to stay with you during the meeting
6. Ask if you can take their picture. Write down a license plate and get a good description of their vehicle
7. Be suspicious of anyone who offers to increase the amount of your disaster damage assessment.
8. Be skeptical of offers to help you fill out loan or grant forms and applications for a fee. If you need help filling out your Small Business Administration (SBA) loan package, call the SBA toll-free number at 1-800-659-2955 or go to the Disasters Assistance Center at the Twin Peaks Mall, 1250 S. Hover Rd., Longmont, CO

Call the Longmont Police Department immediately at (303) 651-8501, if you suspect fraud or someone working a scam in your neighborhood.
If you have applied for assistance through FEMA, you can speed the process by having key items available. FEMA representatives will need to see:

1. Picture Identification (Driver’s License, Voter Registration Card, etc.) and you will need to know your Social Security number
2. Proof of Ownership/Occupancy of damaged residence (Structural Insurance, Tax Bill, Mortgage Payment Book/Utility Bill etc.)
3. Insurance documents: Home and/or Auto (Structural Insurance/Auto Declaration Sheet etc.)
4. List of household occupants living in residence at time of disaster
5. All disaster related damages to both real and personal property

Remember: They will never ask for money.

FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL: FEMA HELPLINE/REGISTRATION (1-800-621-3362)

20
Sep

Centro de Asistencia en Longmont para Ayudarle a Recuperar del Desastre

Ubicación:  1250 S. Hover en la tienda anteriormente conocida como 'Steve y Barry's' en frente del cine adentro del Centro Comercial Twin Peaks de Longmont

Horas:  9 am hasta 7 pm, siete días a la semana, durante las próximas dos o tres semanas

A Quien se le Ofrece Asistencia:  Residentes de Longmont y el Condado de Boulder

Qué Necesita Traer Consigo al Centro:  Documentación comprobando su domicilio, identificación personal, su seguro social, copias de sus facturas de luz y su póliza de seguro de hogar si las tiene

Agencias Representadas en el Centro: FEMA, Workforce Boulder County, Boulder County Public Health, Boulder County Land Use, OUR Center, y American Family Insurance. Tres organizaciones con fines no lucrativas están allí para ofrecer ayuda con la rehabilitación de su hogar: Convoy of Hope, Samaritans Purse, y Southern Baptist Convention. Si necesita productos para limpiar, agua botellada u otras cosas para su bienestar, las puede encontrar en el Centro también.

Importante:  FEMA (la Administración Federal del Manejo de Emergencias - FEMA en ingles) requiere que los residentes impactados por las inundaciones se registren en http://www.disasterassistance.gov/es. Puede registrarse antes de ir al Centro de Asistencia o le podemos ayudar a registrar una vez que llegue al Centro.  Aun si FEMA inicialmente niegue su solicitud, LEA LA CARTA ENTERA porque pueda contener información sobre otros requisitos para poder calificar para asistencia a traves de FEMA.

Hay interpretes presentes en el Centro si usted no habla ingles.  Si necesita ayuda con traducción, favor de indicarlo al llegar al Centro.

Para mayor información en español sobre las inundaciones en Colorado, vea http://fema.gov/es/disaster/4145.

**Es esencial notar que FEMA NUNCA LE PEDIRÁ dinero o que firme un contrato para recibir ayuda. Los representantes de FEMA cargan identificación oficial. Protéjase de personas deshonestas tratando de hacerse pasar por representantes de FEMA.**

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