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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20
Sep

Union Reservoir Campground Area Closed Friday through Sunday

Union Reservoir Campground Area Closed Friday through Sunday. Due to the heavy rainfall in Longmont, the campgrounds are extremely soggy and too wet to campers.

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

Boulder County Transportation Working To Restore Access To Communities and Assess Countywide Road Transportation System

Boulder County, Colo. – The entire Northern Front Range and Northeastern plains region has experienced the most devastating flood in Colorado History. Over a 5-day period, more than 15” of rain fell on Boulder County alone, causing extensive road and infrastructure damage throughout the county. Larimer and Jefferson Counties have also incurred significant infrastructure damage.

Despite all county Transportation resources being deployed within the county since the beginning of the storm, there is much roadwork damage that will require extensive repairs over the next several weeks and months, and even years.

“Many residents will be impacted for a long time by the total loss of roads and bridges in some areas,” said Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle. “We want to make everyone aware of the amount of work taking place in the county and give you an accurate picture of the preliminary damage assessments that are guiding our efforts as we move forward.”

Roadwork
Since the moment the floodwaters began affecting our county roads, county crews have been out working to provide access for emergency responders, utility companies, and residents cut off by floodwaters. Additionally, crews have been closing dangerous roads, hauling water to communities without water and arranging transportation for evacuees.

Here are some recent major emergency roadway repairs:

  • Established connection to Jamestown for residents by replacing several temporary culverts and bridging drainages 20 feet deep and 50 feet across
  • Reestablished access to Lee Hill and Olde Stage Rd.
  • Reopened Flagstaff Road
  • Kept Sunshine Canyon open as only east-west connection to the mountains for residents, utilities and emergency vehicles
  • Provided access from Gold Hill nearly to Salina via Gold Run and are working up the Fourmile Canyon, giving access to Logan Mill residents
  • Opened up Linden through Pinebrook Hills
  • Kept many of the roads in the eastern county open for business throughout the storm

Our focus has now shifted to providing access to communities that remain cut-off by the storm, such as Fourmile Canyon, Lefthand Canyon, Wagon Wheel area and Bow Mountain connections to Pinebrook.

This work has involved building new roads in areas where previous roads have completely disappeared. In many cases, these roads are temporary and for local resident access only. As we gain access to many of the areas that have been severely impacted, we will be evaluating damage and determining how best to quickly restore more permanent access. However, it will take some time before these roads are completely restored.

We have also been evaluating damage of all major roads throughout the county and have identified multiple bridges and structures that have washed out that will need to be reconstructed along with roads that need reconstruction in both the plains and mountains.

“The damage has been so significant that our commuting and recreational patterns have been changed dramatically, and we ask that the community be patience as we work to restore access and infrastructure over the next months and years,” Gerstle said.

Current Status update:

  • Access North to South in Boulder County is largely intact east of Broadway Ave. (Hwy 93 South/US36 North).
  • 95th street between Valmont and Lookout, N.83rd at the Larimer County line, and East County Line at SH 119 near Longmont is still closed.
  • West of Broadway, the only North/ South access between Estes Park on the North to I-70 on the South is Hwy 72/119, the Peak to Peak Highway.
  • The only East/West route is Sunshine Canyon from Peak to Peak to Boulder. We are limiting access to Sunshine Canyon in the following way:
    • Local residents
    • Utilities and contractors with verifiable business to residential homes or businesses
    • No recreational traffic will be allowed on Sunshine Canyon.
  • Hwy 72 (Coal Creek Canyon) is closed to all but emergency traffic and utilities. Access to some residents can happen from Hwy 72 (Peak to Peak) down to Wonderview.
  • Flagstaff has been damaged from Gregory Canyon to Panorama Point. The road is down to one lane controlled by cones and one-way traffic light. Access limited to residence and legitimate business. Gross Reservoir is closed to recreational activities. Gross Dam Road is closed to through traffic.
  • Boulder Canyon is closed indefinitely after CDOT engineer’s assessment not only of the road integrity by the canyon wall stability. There is no access to Boulder Canyon from Nederland, Magnolia, Sugarloaf, or Hurricane Hill. These areas to go west to SH 72 (Peak to Peak)
  • Limited access from SH 119 will be given to residents of lower 119, and we’re working right now to provide access to Fourmile Canyon Drive through to Gold Hill
  • We are asking that those residents confine their trips as the traffic on the roads is interfering with CDOT crews working in the canyon as well as Fourmile Canyon.
  • Linden is open to residents, utilities and verifiable business only
  • USFS has closed the National Forest to all recreational purposes in Boulder County East of the Peak to Peak Highway.
  • Lee Hill is closed at 4th street. Access will be granted to residents and legitimate business
  • US 36 north is closed at the Middle Fork Bridge. Residence of Crestview Estates can access their homes.
  • Lower Left Hand is open to the 1.3 mm for residence. It is closed from the 1.3 mm to the Peak to Peak.
  • James Canyon is closed from the Junction of Left Hand to Jamestown.
  • Overland Rd from Hwy 72 is closed to residents, utilities and emergency vehicles only
  • US 36 closed at Hwy 66 due to structural damage to the bridge.
  • US 36 closed into and out of Lyons to Estes Park
  • Hwy 7 closed from Lyons to Hwy 72 (Peak to Peak)

As Winter Approaches
As we approach winter, crews will continue to plow roads as close to our normal routes as possible, and we’ll be working throughout the winter to keep these roads open to the extent poss. However, people should expect more closures should it be a bad winter. Particularly in the mountains, residents will have to be extremely cautious as they are temporary and will be subject to wash-out and require frequent repairs.

Especially during the coming months, as CDOT works to restores the major routes throughout the county, we ask people to stay out of the mountains and ask that the road be used by residents and those working to help residents restore their lives.

Contact: Barbara Halpin, Boulder County
720-564-2935 (EOC Media Line)

--www.bouldercountyflood.org—
Images: Examples of road damage in Boulder County. Source: Boulder County Transportation Department

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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

Longmont Flood Update 13:08

Health and Safety Tips:
Avoid contact with potentially contaminated flood waters. Many contaminants such as raw sewage, as well as potential releases of chemicals from homes, businesses, and industry, may be contained in floodwaters. The department encourages people to stay out of the water as much as possible. If people must be in contact with floodwaters, they should wash frequently with warm water and soap.  The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission reports many oil and gas locations have been affected by the flood. The department is working with the commission, local authorities and operators to assess risks and, where necessary, provide environmental response and remediation. 
 
Safe drinking water/”boil advisories”
City of Longmont water is safe to drink.  If you are not a City of Longmont water customer you may need to comply with boil advisories. 

Infections/illness Information
Widespread outbreaks of infectious disease after floods are not common in the United States. However, people with three or more days of diarrhea, any bloody diarrhea, diarrhea plus a fever, or other health concerns, should contact their health care provider. Although no specific vaccinations are recommended for flood events, the department recommends people keep their vaccinations up to date. By staying up to date with vaccinations, everyone is better prepared for emergencies.  People should follow routine recommendations for tetanus. A tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster is recommended for all adults every 10 years. A tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster should replace one regular Td dose to provide pertussis protection. Children should have completed their recommended diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) doses of four shots between 2 months and 18 months of age, and booster shots at 4 to 6 years of age and 11 to 12 years of age. Any adult who has not had the primary series of Td doses should complete the series.

Boulder Office of Emergency Management has the following information for Boulder County residents.  

http://boulderoem.com/emergency-status/514-11-40am-09-18-13-tetanus-shot-information

Exposure to flood waters alone does not increase the risk of tetanus. However, during flood clean up, the risk of wounds may be increased. For this reason, clean up workers should be sure that they are up to date with tetanus vaccination, ideally before starting clean up activities. Adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years.
Residents involved in clean up activities should contact their regular healthcare provider to arrange for a tetanus booster, if needed. Residents who do not have a healthcare provider may receive the vaccination at a Boulder County Public Health Immunization clinic. The cost is $21.50.

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.

19
Sep

Longmont & Lyons Area - Aerial Footage 9/18/13

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19
Sep

State of Lyons public information meeting TONIGHT 9/19

There will be a “State of Lyons" public information meeting today, Thursday September 19 at 7:00pm in the Longmont City Council Chambers at 350 Kimbark Street (go in through double glass doors and head down stairs).
Mayor Van Domelen, Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen and Boulder County Sheriff's Deputies Kevin Parker and Nick Goldberger will give a briefing on the status of Lyons.  The meeting will be streamed on Channel 8 on www.thelongmontchannel.org.  

Residents who leave Lyons will be required to show the appropriate pass to reenter.  

Lyons Reentry Pass Information: Passes will be available at Lifebridge Church off Hwy 66 in Longmont, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Residents can pick up their pass any day.  Vehicle entrance for businesses is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Entrance time for residents, is 12-2 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Residents can stay from 12:00pm to 7:30 p.m. if necessary.  The entrance and exit times allow us to coordinate access with other entities so we don’t overload the checkpoint.

 

19
Sep

Be Aware of Electric Lines During Clean Up Efforts

Residents are asked to be aware of possible buried electric lines, fiber optic cables, and exposed conduit  in any areas requiring digging during clean-up and recovery. Damaging an electric line could cause significant danger and service interruptions for you and your neighbors and exposed conduit may contain high-voltage power lines.  Damage to fiber optic cables may disrupt communication critical for to the recovery effort.

Longmont Power & Communications customers: to schedule a time to have your utility lines identified, contact the Utility Notification Center of Colorado at 811. To notify LPC about exposed conduit, please contact 303-776-0011.

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