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/

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.

18
Sep

Mosquito Spraying Discontinued

The City of Longmont, in consultation with the Boulder County Public Health, is discontinuing Mosquito Spraying for the remainder of the year.

Trapping has shown a reduction in the mosquito population. In addition, most eggs have likely been washed to the east via flood waters and future cold weather will impact their reproduction and viability.

UPDATE: However, residents should continue to practice the 4 D's  to protect themselves from the risk of West Nile Virus.

Below is a picture of the life cycle from Purdue University.

Colorado Mosquito Control has an informative link for mosquitoes in our area.

http://www.comosquitocontrol.com/Mosquito_Biology.html

Mosquito Lifecycle

Life Cycle of Delayed-hatching Mosquitoes

http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichealth/resources.html

 

17
Sep

Boulder County District Attorney's Office Issues Illegal Dumping Warning

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett warns residents to be on the alert during the next days and weeks for illegal dumping of commercial waste by companies operating in the area after the flood disaster.

Boulder County has provided free dumpsters at various sites hit hard by the floods. These are intended for use by homeowners and renters, so that residents can get wet or damaged property out of their homes as quickly as possible.

City of Longmont roll off dumpsters have been placed in flood impacted areas. View map of locations.

However, there has been extreme pressure at legitimate disposal sites due to the sheer volume of the destruction caused by the flooding. The effect of this has been that clean-up companies have been dumping huge amounts of debris, carpet, drywall and other trash at the dumpster sites, often around the area of the dumpsters. Homeowners who are paying these companies are no doubt being charged the costs of dumping materials removed. Concerned residents who have seen this happening have already reported this activity to county personnel.

District Attorney Stan Garnett advises: “Clean up companies need to dispose of their waste responsibly and in a legal manner. Anyone who suspects illegal dumping should record the type of vehicle, license plate number, and any identifying logo on the truck. They should then call this in to the Emergency Call Center Line at 303 413 7730, or to my Community Protection Division at 303 441 3700. My office will be working with members of the public, other county staff and the Attorney General’s Office to prevent the dumping of hazardous or illegal waste in the County.”

The Community Protection Division of the District Attorney’s Office is also dealing with numerous consumer complaints related to the disaster and its consequences. Consumer specialists are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to assist anyone who has a problem. Complaints can also be filed online, at:
http://www.bouldercounty.org/safety/victim/pages/daconscomplaintform.aspx

 

 

17
Sep

Roll Off Dumpster Locations Available In Impacted Neighborhoods

As of 09:18 am  Roll off dumpsters will be available in the impacted neighborhoods, except Royal Street Mobile Home Park. Roll offs will be delivered to the Royal Street Mobile home park area once the evacuation order has been lifted.

The roll off dumpsters are being filled quickly. Once full, the roll offs will be removed and then an empty will return.

Twenty-three (23) roll offs were filled yesterday and needed to be changed out. Additional roll offs will be delivered today. However, heavy traffic on I-25 and HWY 66 is currently delaying delivery.

This morning, roll offs are available on Missouri Ave., Delaware Ave., 1st near Bowen, Bernard Ct., Center Place, Champion Circle, and Twin Peaks Circle.

Later on today, Tuesday, September 17th, roll offs will also be delivered to the areas of Columbia Drive, Troxell Ave., Lefthand Drive, and Wade Rd.

Additionally, the City of Longmont has also started collecting hazardous waste, paint, electronics and appliances that cannot be placed in the roll off dumpsters. Trucks will be canvassing the affected neighborhoods to pick these item up. If you have these items please place them on the front lawn, not the streets.

 

16
Sep

Video of Longmont, Lyons, Button Rock Dam Area Aerial Footage 9-16-13

15:28pm - Longmont, Lyons, Button Rock Dam Area Aerial Footage 9-16-13

At approximately 1130 a.m., we conducted a fly over around the area. We checked Button Rock Dam, it looks great and the spillway is functioning as designed.

In order to assess the flood damage in the Longmont community, City officials shot aerial video on Monday, September 16, 2013. This might be the first time some people see the damage to their homes or to the homes of their neighbors. City officials believe it is important for the community to see these images. See for yourself the issues facing our community. We can use your help and cooperation to get through this emergency. Thank you.

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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

Centro de Asistencia de Desastres se abre a las 10 AM en el Twin Peaks Mall

Contamos con computadoras en la Biblioteca Pública para asistir con el llenado de Aplicaciones de Desastre

La ciudad de Longmont abrirá un Centro de Asistencia para Desastres (DAC) el lunes 16 de septiembre a las 10 a.m. (MST). El centro estará ubicado en el Twin Peaks Mall, 1250 S. Hover Road, en e la Antigua tienda Steve and Barry.

El Centro de Asistencia para Desastres (CAD) permitirá a los propietarios de la comunidad a encontrarse cara a cara con los proveedores de servicios y entender cómo pueden recibir ayuda para iniciar el proceso de recuperación y para tener acceso a las computadoras para llenar las solicitudes de asistencia por desastre. Para la apertura inciial, representantes de la compañٕías de seguros estarán disponibles para ayudar a sostener los daños a la propiedad. Los representantes de las agencias estatales y de FEMA no estarán presentes en la jornada inaugural, pero se unirán en el centro en los próximos días.

Se pide a los residentes y dueños de propiedades que necesitan asistencia por desastre a completar su solicitud para la asistencia, a través del sitio de internet www.disasterassistance.gov Para ayudar en este proceso, computadoras estarán disponibles en la Twin Peaks Mall DAC. Dieciocho computadoras adicionales se encuentran en la Biblioteca Pública de Longmont (ubicada en la 409 4th Avenue con una entrada en Kimbark St.) usando un sistema de reserva en persona. En cada lugar, el personal estará disponible para proporcionar ayuda y contestar preguntas sobre cómo completar los formularios.

Los ciudadanos que necesiten asistencia deberían notar lo siguiente :

  • Póngase en contacto con su propia compañía de seguros antes de completar la solicitud de asistencia.
  • Crear una contraseña para el uso del formulario y mantener esta contraseña para futuras consultas. La aplicación tomará entre 18 a 20 minutos.
  • Traiga la siguiente información para completar la aplicación: Su información de contacto, donde usted puede actualmente contactarse (puede ser diferente de la dirección donde sufrió el daño), dirección de donde se produjeron los daños, información acerca de su pólizas de seguros, su número de seguro social y su ingreso buto al momento de la inundación.

Si vive en un refugio, se les pide a los residentes que marquen la casilla “acogida masiva” que aparece en el formulario. Si solicita múltiples desastres, los residentes necesitarán completar su aplicación en el sitio de internet por cada propiedad que fue dañada. Si aplica asistencia para ambos su casa y su negocio, los residentes deben completar una sóla aplicación para las pérdidas combinadas.

Mangenga copias de su número federal de identificación y su número de reclamo al finalizar este proceso en el sitio de internet.

Para los miembros de la comunidad que sufrieron daño en su propiedad pueden también aplicar por
teléfono para asistencia a FEMA o llamar al 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA).

16
Sep

Listen to State Of The City Meeting On KRCN AM Radio

The City of Longmont will hold a “State of the City” meeting Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 7pm (MST). The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at the Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St, Longmont, CO.

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. KRCN (1060 am) will also simulcast the 7pm meeting.

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