Update: About 157 homes have been evacuated in response to the second fire, near Wagon Wheel Road , according to the Boulder County OEM. The fire is about 3 to 5 acres in extent.
According to Boulder County OEM, the wildfire is about 12 to 15 acres and is basically contained. Three outbuildings have been reported destroyed.
Forecasters currently expect the high winds to continue through noon and then to die down in the afternoon.
As of 9 a.m., power has been restored in several areas. Power is out in the area of Countryside Village, 1400 S. Collyer Street.
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.
- http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/flood-info/ (City of Longmont resources and information)
You can also visit the City's social media sites:
- Twitter: [email protected] https://twitter.com/cityoflongmont
- Facebook : City of Longmont https://www.facebook.com/cityoflongmontco
- Facebook : Public Safety https://www.facebook.com/LongmontFirePoliceOEM
City of Boulder and Boulder County Social Media Sites:
- http://www.BoulderCountyFlood.org (resources available to all Boulder County residents)
- http://www.BoulderFloodInfo.net (City of Boulder resources and information)
- @BoulderCounty (county)
- @BoulderColorado (city)
- @BoulderOEM (Emergency Management)
- @BoulderCoHHS (Housing & Human Services)
- /bouldercounty (county)
- /bouldercolorado.gov (city)
- /boulderoem (Emergency Management)
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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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]
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
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.
Longmont city leaders described the devastation caused by the 2013 flood and updated residents on current conditions.
The City of Longmont held a “State of the City” meeting Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 7pm (MST).
The meeting provided information regarding the flood as well as updates regarding progress in recovery, and community resources for recovery and restoration. City staff representatives scheduled included:
- Dennis Coombs, Mayor of Longmont: Introduction and event overview
- Harold Dominguez, Longmont City Manager: Overview of impacted areas
- Dan Eamon, Emergency Operations Manager: Recovery Activities and resources for restoration
- Dale Rademacher, Director of Public Works and Natural Resources
The State of the City Address will also be re-broadcast at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., everyday through September 24th.
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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.