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Time Machine Tuesday: Anniversary of the 2013 Floods

Five years ago today, the rain began to fall in what became one of the state’s most significant flood disasters, impacting twenty-four counties and causing millions of dollars in damage. The Colorado communities affected by the September 2013 floods showed amazing resilience and are thriving once again. Here are some State of Colorado resources that […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Summer Floods

As hot and dry as it has been so far this summer, it’s hard to believe that most of Colorado’s floods — the September 2013 floods being a significant exception — occur in June and July. In our library you can find many resources on the history of flooding in Colorado. Many flood events are […]

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September is National Preparedness Month

The recent hurricane events have demonstrated the importance of being prepared for disaster.  Even though we don’t get hurricanes in our state, there are a number of other disasters to prepare for — including both natural disasters (floods, fires, tornadoes, storms, avalanches, rockslides) and manmade disasters (terrorism, active shooters, power outages).  There are many personal […]

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1997 Fort Collins Flood

Twenty years ago today a major flood hit Fort Collins.  Heavy rainfall of 3 inches per hour began late in the evening of July 27 and continued throughout the day on the 28th.  Homes were flooded, a train derailed, a gas leak caused an explosion near Prospect Road, and in the end, the flood left […]

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Disaster Preparedness for Pets

‘Tis the season for fires and floods, and if a disaster threatens your home and family, your furry pals will be affected, too.  According to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), “one of the biggest reasons people return to danger/evacuation zones is to save their pets.”  DHSEM and the state’s emergency […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Buffalo Creek, 20 Years Later

In July of 1996 — twenty years ago this month — the town of Buffalo Creek was hit by a disastrous flash flood that took two lives and caused severe damage to property. Buffalo Creek is located in the western foothills of Jefferson County, about an hour from Denver.  It was founded in 1877.  Known […]

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Governor's Disaster Declaration

Lieutenant Governor Garcia (in Governor Hickenlooper’s absence) has issued a disaster declaration for the floods and landslides affecting Colorado due to the heavy spring and summer rains Colorado has experienced this year.  Executive Order D 2015-005 authorizes the Colorado National Guard to respond to flooding and landslides affecting Northwest Colorado, especially State Highway 13.  The […]

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Dam Safety

With all of the recent rain it is important to be aware of dam safety if you live near a river or dam.  The Dam Safety Branch of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources has issued the following safety tips: If you live in Colorado you are aware of the above average precipitation we have […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: 1965 Flood

September 2013 notwithstanding, springtime is generally the season when we are most prone to floods in Colorado.  In fact it was on this day, May 19, 1864 that Denver experienced its first major flood disaster.  Yet it was a century later that Denver and the eastern plains experienced another flood, one that many longtime residents […]

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Morgan County Floods

Due to recent heavy rains the National Weather Service is carefully monitoring water levels in some areas of Colorado, particularly around Fort Morgan.  The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Morgan County EOC have been activated and potential evacuation zones have been established.  The weather is being monitored for continued rainfall, as well.  Morgan County […]

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September is National Preparedness Month

Communities and individuals are better able to withstand disasters when they are prepared, whether it is by clearing the area around a structure at risk of wildfire; purchasing flood insurance; participating in a community-wide exercise; monitoring homeland security threats; or even keeping a snow shovel and blanket in your car during winter.  The State of […]

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The Floods — One Year Later

This cool and rainy day brings to mind the pouring rains of one year ago that caused the devastating 2013 floods, one of the largest natural disasters in our state’s history.  Colorado has come a long way in the year since the flooding.  Earlier this week Governor Hickenlooper released a statement commemorating the flood anniversary, […]

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Mold in the Home

With the recent rainy weather, it is prudent to be aware of the possibility of mold growth in the home, particularly if you have any leaks or have any water in your basement or crawl space.  Rainy weather, however, is not the only contributor to mold in the home, according to the Colorado Department of […]

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Cleaning Up and Returning Home After Floods and Mudslides

Last September’s floods left many with difficult clean-up before being able to return home.  With the significant amount of burn areas in Colorado, floods remain a threat for this year, and Mesa County has already seen mudslides this spring.  If your home is affected, it can be overwhelming to think about all you need to […]

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Colorado Flood and Wildfire Awareness Week

In 2013 Colorado experienced the twin disasters of wildfires and floods on an especially large scale.  Now, it is time to take the lessons learned from these disasters and prepare for this year, as summer — fire and flood season — is just a few months away.  Therefore, this week has been designated Colorado Flood […]

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Colorado Climate Center – 2013 Flood Data

Colorado State University’s Colorado Climate Center has compiled a special website devoted to last September’s floods.  This website has extensive climatological data on the floods, including satellite imagery, a timeline, records and storm totals, accumulation graphs, streamflow runoff, and more.  The site also includes a section with numerous photographs from the affected areas.  They are also accepting your photo submissions.  The Colorado […]

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Replacing Important Papers

Did you lose any of your important personal papers in the recent flooding?  If so, you may be scrambling to remember everything that needs to be replaced, as well as figuring out where to go to get replacements.  The Colorado Division of Emergency Management has addressed this problem by posting a list on their blog with […]

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More Flood Resources

Many people in Colorado are still being affected by last month’s floods, as they work to clean and repair flooded and damaged houses or find new places to live.  Roadways and dams are also affected.  The State of Colorado has set up a flood resource website, www.coloradounited.com, which includes resources for flood victims, travel information, […]

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Dam Safety

One of the challenges brought on by the recent floods is damages to a number of Colorado dams.  Dam safety in Colorado is overseen by the State Engineer’s Office.  Check out their 2013 Flood Information page.  They have produced a number of resources to provide guidance on this important safety issue: State of Colorado Dam […]

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How to Register for Disaster Assistance

The Colorado Division of Emergency Management has made available this helpful guide to how to register with FEMA and SBA for disaster assistance following last week’s devastating floods.  Included here, you can find a list of what disaster aid will cover, as well as maps of disaster assistance centers.  The site also includes fact sheets […]

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Flood Resources

The State of Colorado has many resources available to Colorado flood victims.  Updates are available through the Colorado Office of Emergency Management at http://www.coemergency.com/  Recovery guides for the Colorado flood disaster are available online at http://www.211colorado.org: § Boulder County Flood Relief and Recovery Guide § Weld County Flood Relief and Recovery Guide § Jefferson County […]