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

Flood Fundraising in Longmont This Weekend (9/20 - 9/22)

While the Downtown Longmont community is deeply saddened by the loss and destruction that many in our community are facing, we are overwhelmed by those calling to assist, help, volunteer and give.

This weekend, there will be several ways for the community to gather, celebrate Longmont’s strength and donate to those in need in our community.

In partnership with the Longmont Community Foundation, donations can be made to the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund. 100% of the proceeds will go directly toward helping the community recover from the devastation of the recent flooding.

There will be several opportunities to give financial donations to our community members in need.

  • On Friday, September 20 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.  ArtWalk will still be held, although Main Street will still be open to vehicular traffic. Activities will be moved to 4th and 5th Avenues directly off of Main Street.  All participating businesses will have information on how to give and cash or checks can be contributed at the Longmont Community foundation/Longmont Downtown Development Authority booth at 4th and Main near Ziggi’s Coffee.
  • During Oktoberfest at Roosevelt Park on Friday and Saturday, September 20 – 21st, donations can be made to the Left Hand Brewing Foundation for Flood Relief 2013.
  • On Sunday, Fireball Run kicks off in downtown Longmont. Teams will be assisting in raising money for the flood relief in our community. Come help us send off the 40 teams at 8 a.m. on the corner of 5th and Main - participate in the Tiny Tim Center fun run or just come cheer on the participants.

Oktoberfest on YouTube

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Fireball Run on YouTube

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20
Sep

Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Photos

This article from the Library of Congress suggests various ways to dry paper items and photographs.

http://www.loc.gov/preservation/emergprep/dry.html

 

 

20
Sep

Where To Go To Obtain a Building Permit for Flood Related Damages

The City of Longmont Building Inspection Division will have information available at the Disaster Recovery Center (DAC) about flood damage to homes and how to obtain a building permit to repair the damages, as well as permit applications. Please look for the table just inside the west entrance of the DAC to find the information.

In order to better serve the needs of the residents and contractors, we will be completing all permitting activities at the Development Services Center, 385 Kimbark St, Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm, where we have a full staff to assist in the process. We will be offering extended hours this Saturday, September 21, from 8am to 2pm, to help answer questions and assist homeowners and contractors in obtaining building permits for flood related damages. We will continue to monitor the activity and offer extended hours as the need arises.

20
Sep

Xcel Energy Emergency Update: Floods in the Front Range and Northern Colorado

Longmont – One of the areas most severely affected by flooding is the Royal Mobile Home Park, where 62 natural gas customers are out of service due to the significant damage. We will restore service when authorities indicate it is safe to do so.

Read the full story:  http://www.xcelenergy.com/About_Us/Energy_News/Emergency_Notices/Floods_in_the_Front_Range_and_Northern_Colorado

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.**

19
Sep

Beware of Unscrupulous Contractors Dumping Waste Illegally

Apparently some unscrupulous contractors have moved into the Longmont area.  We have received reports of dump trucks entering Longmont neighborhoods and dumping waste and debris illegally, most likely from areas around Longmont.  This is not authorized and prohibited by law.

We would ask our community to get a license plate and description of the truck.  If you can, snap a photo with your phone or camera.   If you see someone illegally dumping in your neighborhood, please don’t confront, call the Longmont Police at 303-651-8501 immediately.

19
Sep

Recreation Facility Closures/Program Cancellations

If you are looking to register for classes, you may do so online, at the Recreation Center, or at Centennial Pool. The St. Vrain Memorial Building is NOT open for registration.

Longmont Recreation Center and Centennial Pool are open during regular business hours. Classes and programs at those sites will be held as scheduled.

  • The St Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave, 303-651-8404 is open as an emergency shelter. Classes and programs scheduled at the St Vrain Memorial Building are cancelled through Friday, Sept. 20. Classes and programs are scheduled to resume Saturday, Sept. 21 unless otherwise noted.
  • Izaak Walton Clubhouse, 18 S Sunset, is CLOSED until further notice. All programs including yoga and drumming happening there are cancelled. Class participants will be credited for cancelled classes through Sept. 22. We are working on securing alternate meeting locations for classes that meet there after Sept. 22 and hope to have an update on Friday. Stay tuned for e-mail updates.

The following parks have been deemed unsafe and are closed to the public:

  • Kanemoto park
  • Lefthand park
  • Valley park
  • Rogers Grove
  • Golden Ponds
  • Highway 119 trailhead
  • Izaak Walton ponds and Nature Area (including club house)
  • St. Vrian Greenway
  • Left Hand Creek Greenway
  • Dry Creek Greenway

Reservations for the parks that remain open can be made online.

Recreation Programs and Events scheduled to occur that have been CANCELLED:

  • Memorial Building classes/programs scheduled through Friday, Sept 20, including fitness classes, tumbling classes, and all other preschool/youth/adult classes.
  • Small Wonders Preschool classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, Sept. 23 unless otherwise noted.
  • Terrific 2's and 3's held at the Memorial Building on Friday, Sept. 20.
  • Itty Bitty City held at the Memorial Building on Friday, Sept. 20.
  • Best case scenario, programs are set to resume Monday, Sept. 23. Please stay tuned for more information.

How can I help? 

Donations: The City of Longmont is requesting that donations go to central sources and has updated information for individuals interested in helping those affective by the flooding. Financial donations can be sent to www.longmontfoundation.org and donations of volunteer time or items can be registered at www.helpcoloradonow.com.

Where to get more information

Disaster Recovery Center: A disaster recovery center is open at Twin Peaks Mall 1250 S Hover. For more information please visit www.longmontoem.org.

Up to date info/road closures/openings

Check our website at: www.longmontoem.org
Residents interested in current information are requested to use social media sites including the City's Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as relying on the web and other media.

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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