24
Sep

Water meter change out to begin Thursday 9/26

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.

 

23
Sep

City Manager to Provide Flood Update at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

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:
http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/agendas.htm

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/

20
Sep

Video Posted From Monday September 16, Longmont State of the City Address

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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18
Sep

Disaster Assistance Center is Open to Help Those Affected by 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.
Food and other essential items are available to Longmont area victims of the 2013 flood. A Disaster Assistance Center is open at the TwinPeaks Mall in Longmont.

Food and other essential items are available to Longmont area victims of the 2013 flood. A Disaster Assistance Center is open at the TwinPeaks Mall in Longmont.

16
Sep

City of Longmont Will Open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) On Monday, September 16th At 10 am (MST)

The City of Longmont will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Monday, September 16th at 10 am (MST). The center will be located in the Twin Peaks Mall, 1250 S. Hover Road, at the former Steve and Barry's storefront.

The DRC will allow property owners in the community to meet face to face with service providers to understand how they can receive help to begin the recovery process and to access computers to fill out applications for disaster assistance. For the initial opening, insurance company representatives will be available to assist anyone sustaining property damage. Representatives from FEMA and state agencies will not be present on opening day, but will join the center in coming days.

Residents and property owners in need of disaster assistance are asked to complete the online application located at www.disasterassistance.gov . To aid in this process, computers will be available at the Twin Peaks Mall DRC. Eighteen additional computers will be located at the Longmont Public Library (located at 409 4th Avenue with an entrance on Kimbark St.) using an in person reservation system. In each location, staff will be available to provide assistance and answer questions about completing forms.
Citizens wishing to access assistance should note the following: Contact your own insurance company before completing the application for assistance. Create a password for use with the form and keep this password for future reference. The application will take 18-20 minutes. Bring the following information to complete the registration: contact information for where you can be currently contacted (may be different from the damaged address), address information for where the damages occurred, information about any current insurance policies, Social Security number, and gross household income at the time of the flooding. If living in a shelter, residents are asked to check the "mass sheltering" box that is listed on the form. If applying for multiple disasters, residents will need to complete an online registration for each disaster. If filing for both home and business disaster assistance, residents will complete a single registration for the combined losses.

Keep copies of this federal ID number and claim number and at the end of the online process. Community members with property damage can also apply by phone for FEMA assistance only by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA).

16
Sep

If We Can't Reach You...We Can't Alert You

Longmont Emergency Mass Notification System

You must sign up by visiting http://ci.longmont.co.us/police/massnotification.htm and  clicking on the red button at the left and following the instructions. If you need alerts at more than one location, you will need to fill out separate registration forms for each address.

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 fibre 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].

Is there a fee to use the service? No. The service is free to residents of Boulder County. Those who sign up to be notified via text messages and email will be responsible for any data charges or fees associated with receiving email or text messages charged by their cell phone service provider.

What if my phone number or email address changes? If your cell phone, work phone or email address changes, you are responsible for accessing this website, logging back into your account that you created and updating the information.

Will I get emergency notifications if I do not sign up? If you do not sign up, you will receive emergency notification on your traditional landline home phone. See above.

Why are emergency service providers switching to this service? This service allows public agencies to make notifications in multiple ways to increase the likelihood that residents and businesses are notified of emergencies. It also helps us serve the growing number of people who are using cell phones as their primary telephone.

Will my contact information be shared with others? No. The information that you provide will be used for emergency notification purposes only. It will not be provided to any vendor or organization or be used for any other purpose.

Will I be guaranteed to receive the notification? We can not monitor the current or future accuracy of the information provided by participants in this program. It is the sole responsibility of participants to keep any information provided current and accurate. We do not assume legal responsibility for inaccurate information or technical difficulties that may result in notification failures.

Do I need to enter an actual address? Yes. The system is based on geographical boundaries and will not accept post office box addresses.

If I have a "blocked" phone will this impact receiving emergency messages? Yes, you will not receive the notification call with a blocked telephone line.

If I am in a location that is different than the address that I enter into the website for my wireless phone, will I still be contacted if an emergency affects the address entered? Yes. No matter where you are physically located, you will receive calls for emergencies that affect the address entered into the website. So if you are on vacation in a different state you will still receive a phone call if the address you entered is affected by an emergency.

If you have further questions, please call (303)651-8566. If no one immediately answers this phone line, please leave a message and someone will return your call.

16
Sep

State Of The City Meeting Scheduled For September 16, 2013

The City of Longmont will hold a “State of the City” meeting Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 7:00 pm (MST). The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at the Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St.
The meeting is designed to provide information regarding the flood. This meeting will also provide updates regarding progress in recovery, and community resources for recovery and restoration. City staff representatives scheduled includes:

- 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

Residents can attend this meeting in person. However, those in the city limits can view the meeting live on Longmont Comcast Cable Channel 8 or on a live feed at www.longmontchannel.com. The broadcast will be posted later in the day on Channel 8’s website and will be rebroadcasted periodically.

15
Sep

Longmont Flood Information Update 21:35 - 9/15/13

  • Buttonrock Dam continues to function properly. Water quality sampling continues to confirm that City of Longmont drinking water is safe. There is no boil order in place for City of Longmont water customers.
  • As we move into our overnight, we will be enacting a curfew again from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. This curfew applies to all evacuated areas and flood zones. We will have officers patrolling these neighborhoods and the Colorado National Guard monitoring these areas and any road closures.
  • We have closed multiple City parks and are requesting that citizens stay out of parks and leave all park fencing intact. A list of the parks that are closed are: Kanemoto Park, Lefthand Park, Valley Park, Rogers Grove, Golden Ponds, Highway 119 trail head, County Line Road trailhead, Sandstone Ranch District park, Izaak Walton ponds and Nature Area (including clubhouse), St.Vrain Greenway, Left Hand Creek Greenway, and Dry Creek Greenway.
  • Our electric power delivery system continues to remain stable. Currently we have 1300 customers without power. For many of those customers, infrastructure is under water and cannot be safely repaired until water receeds and equipment dries out. Restoring this power is a high priority for us.
  • While the weather was clearer over the last couple of days, we also began to restore service to customers in Apple Valley and Stone Canyon above Lyons. That process will continue when weather clears and is also a high priority.
  • Trash and recycling will be collected on a normal schedule on Monday morning except in areas that are still flooded. Customers should place trash and recycle bins on the curb as usual. For areas that are flooded, 34 rollout dumpsters will be deployed tomorrow in neighborhoods.
  • Roads open to enter and exit Longmont include use of Rte. 66 to I-25, the Diagonal clear to Boulder, and Hwy 287. A full map is available on www.longmontoem.org.
  • Our website has sustained tremendous amounts of traffic with more than 254,800 views in the last few days. We have had our website crash twice, due to the high levels of traffic, but were able to restore a replacement website quickly. We are currently using www.longmontoem.org. In the past several days, we have had numerous comments from customers who appreciate the flow of information provided from the City. 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.

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