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Flood 2013 Recovery Information

In September 2013, Larimer County experienced a substantial flooding event. This website contains resources and information related to long-term recovery of flood areas.

News and Updates

Emergency Preparedness Open House

Updated: Apr. 21
Larimer County is sponsoring an informational Emergency Preparedness Open House on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Loveland Chilson Senior Center, 700 E. 4th Street in Loveland. The purpose of the Open House is to provide updates on flood and fire related recovery activities and to provide information on preparedness activities and actions for this upcoming season in Larimer County. More information »

Bioengineering for Bank Stabilization

Updated: Apr. 21
Bioengineering for bank stabilization means incorporating living and dead trees into the materials used to build up eroded riverbanks as opposed to riprap, which is rocks. It's not just boulders, true riprap rock has a certain specific gravity and is quarried to have angles so it has more of a grip when pummeled by floodwater. But bioengineering is more resilient, and better for the riparian ecosystem. More information »

Flood debris pick-up program ends May 10

Updated: Apr. 9
The Larimer County right-of-way debris program is ending on May 10. To fully utilize this program, please remove debris as soon as possible. You may contact the debris hotline to schedule a pick up at (970) 498-7140. For questions, please contact Lori Hodges at (970) 498-7147.

Larimer County, Red Cross, SERVE 6.8, Collaborate to Provide Sandbag Protection

Updated: Apr. 8
Larimer county is working in collaboration with the American Red Cross and SERVE 6.8 to provide free, filled sandbags to flood and fire survivors. Learn more »

Flood survivor support group meeting

Updated: Mar. 24
The Mountain Outreach Team is hosting support meetings for flood survivors throughout April 2014. Learn more »

American Red Cross Flood App Can Save Lives

Updated: Mar. 20
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. The American Red Cross developed its new Flood App to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods. Learn more »

Tax tips for disaster survivors

Updated: Mar. 17
United Policyholders' most recent survivor tip publication regarding disaster income tax filing. This document is a distillation of the February disaster tax workshops that were facilitated along the front range of Colorado. Please note this is intended simply as a "heads up" tip sheet and that the rules and guidelines on this subject are lengthy and complex. View tips »

Latest Larimer County Transportation Bulletin released - road repair information

Updated: Mar. 7
Flood recovery work continues in numerous areas around the County. View bulletin

Abatement of Dangerous Buildings Program Approved

Updated: Mar. 12
There is a high probability that homes and other structures damaged in the 2013 flood, unless removed or repaired, maybe washed downstream by high water during spring runoff or during subsequent high rainfall events. These structures have the potential to cause serious secondary flooding, threats to public health, and damage to improved property including damage to newly repaired or replaced roads and bridges. More information »

Mountain Outreach Team – March Newsletter

Updated: Mar. 12
The Colorado Spirit Mountain Outreach Team is designed to support Larimer County's recovery from the 2013 flood. We provide outreach, crisis counseling services and connections/referrals to community resources. March newsletter »

Spring Runoff Awareness 2014

Updated: Mar. 6

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Disaster Resources

Updated: Mar. 6
Learn more about the resources provided once a Federal Disaster has been declared. View resources »

Udall, Bennet, Hickenlooper Secure Critical FEMA Assistance to Mitigate Stream Hazards

Updated: Feb. 28
U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet joined Gov. John Hickenlooper today to announce their successful effort to secure Federal Emergency Management Agency aid for state and local governments working to reduce hazards in streams caused by the September flood that pose an immediate threat to lives and property. This is a significant step in the state's work to rebuild and to help prepare for the impending spring runoff.

"Working as a team, we've made great strides rebuilding since September's flood. These funds, which I was proud to fight for in Washington, will help reduce the chances that spring runoff and rain do not cause tragic landslides or result in more destructive floods," Udall said. "This is welcome news for Coloradans along the Front Range, but it will not address all of our remaining needs. I will keep fighting to secure the resources communities ravaged by September’s flood need to address both immediate dangers and to fully rebuild."

"This is a huge relief to Coloradans across the Front Range," Bennet said. "Several Colorado counties face the prospect of further property destruction when snow begins to melt in a matter of weeks, swelling streams clogged with hazards, and creating a high risk of new flooding. We’re glad to work with FEMA and state and federal agencies to support local communities in their efforts to remove this debris as quickly as possible, in order to avoid more destruction this spring."

"FEMA's decision to help cover the cost of removing hazards from streams will help prevent future disaster and aid the state's recovery efforts," Hickenlooper said. "We are grateful to FEMA for allocating the resources needed to take this step to protect Coloradans in the flooded areas, many of whom are still recovering."

FEMA's initial focus on removing hazards from streams will be in Larimer and Boulder counties; other impacted counties are eligible to apply to FEMA for assistance as local officials define threats and identify sites.

Please contact Mike Saccone at (202) 224-4334.

CDOT's schedule for US 36 emergency flood reconstruction and periodic road closures between Lyons and Estes Park

Updated: Feb. 28
CDOT's schedule for US 36 emergency flood reconstruction and periodic road closures between Lyons and Estes Park. Detour routes strongly advised via State Highway 7, US 34. View CDOT press release

CDOT to close Highway 36 for 3 hours March 5, 2014 between Estes Park and Lyons, due to blasting activities

Updated: Feb. 28
A three-hour closure scheduled Wednesday, March 5 for blasting on US 36: Emergency flood reconstruction between Lyons and Estes Park. View CDOT news release

Funding for Colorado flood survivors tops $278 Million

Updated: Feb. 28
Read the latest update information on FEMA grant distribution in Colorado, including information on Individual Assistance and how to appeal grant determinations. View bulletin

Flood Recovery Information Open House – Mar. 8

Updated: Feb. 21
Larimer County, in collaboration with the Larimer County – Flood 2013 Long Term Recovery Groups (Loveland and Estes Valley offices), is sponsoring an expanded Flood Recovery Information Open House on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn Conference Center, 101 South Saint Vrain Ave, Estes Park. Learn more »

Video: Information for filing income taxes following a declared disaster

Updated: Feb. 20
John Trapani provided free educational tax loss workshops for Boulder, Larimer and El Paso counties on February 11, 2014. Watch video »

Local non-profit, GoodHealthwill, receives grant to provide medical equipment to flood survivors

Updated: Feb. 20
GoodHealthwill, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Loveland, has received a grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to provide medical equipment and healthcare supplies to flood-affected residents of Larimer County at no cost. Equipment and supplies may include, but are not limited to: manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs/scooters, walkers/rollators, ramps, stair lifts, vehicle lifts, adjustable beds, bathroom equipment, grab bars, daily living aids, monitoring devices, incontinence supplies, wound care supplies, boots and braces, respiratory equipment and supplies, CPAPs, enteral feeding equipment and supplies, diabetic supplies, rehabilitation/therapy equipment, pediatric equipment, etc., as GoodHealthwill is able. The grant does not cover medications or home remodeling.

Flood-affected Larimer County residents in need of medical equipment or healthcare supplies should contact the project coordinator, Heather Bennetts, by email at Heather@GoodHealthwill.org or by calling GoodHealthwill's Loveland office at (970) 624-6002. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis until grant funds are exhausted. Recipients will need to provide a reference or FEMA paperwork to verify their flood hardship.

Crews working on US 34 between Loveland and Estes Park this week and next to prepare for spring thaw – Feb. 21

Updated: Feb. 19
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Kiewit Infrastructure will be scheduling lane closures on US 34 between Loveland and Estes Park in the coming weeks in order to allow for work that will help crews prepare for the spring thaw. Due to the temporary state of the highway following the September 2013 flood, crews need to perform hillside stabilization and rockfall mitigation work to ensure the highway remains safe throughout the spring as temperatures fluctuate with the weather. Rockfall mitigation work will help prevent loose materials from coming down on the highway on their own.

Upcoming impacts to motorists will mostly be single-lane closures for short durations to allow crews to perform barrier work, inlet work, or debris removal along the highway. Additionally, crews will be performing rock scaling operations which will require traffic stops for both directions of US 34 Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. During rockfall mitigation stops, motorists will be halted for as much as 30 minutes. All work and lane closures are weather dependent, but are expected to begin Friday, February 21 and last throughout the week of Monday, February 24, or longer. Motorists are strongly encouraged to build an extra 30 minutes of travel time into their schedules! Learn more »

County officials warn of scams targeting flood survivors

Updated: Feb. 12
Larimer County officials are warning homeowners to be wary of possible scams targeting flood survivors. Reports of survivors being provided inaccurate or misleading information from individuals offering demolition services or utility call-back. Learn more »

Long-Term Recovery Group Offers Assistance: Learn How

Updated: Feb. 13
The Long-Term Recovery Fund is administered by Long-Term Recovery Group of Northern Colorado (LTRG-NoCo), which is made up of more than 50 nonprofit agencies, government organizations, faith-based groups and concerned citizens. The Fund will be used specifically for long-term recovery needs of Larimer County residents affected by the floods. United Way of Larimer County is serving as the fiscal agent for the Fund.

To be eligible for assistance, residents must have suffered losses in the September 2013 floods in Larimer County. Residents must meet with LTRG-LCF case managers, who will assess situations, identify resources, and refer residents to possible sources of assistance, including funds available from the LTRG-LCF. Learn more »

Colorado Stream Restoration Network seminar – Feb. 25-27

Updated: Feb. 7
Concepts for post-flood river corridor restoration relating to the Front Range floods of September 2013. This two-day seminar is intended to provide an opportunity to share some common problems and potential solutions with a wide range of individuals involved in the post-flood restoration challenge. Learn more »

Flood Recovery presentation

Updated: Jan. 31
View the presentation given at the Larimer County Informational Open House. Flood Recovery presentation »

Larimer County Distribution Center Sets Permanent Closing Date

Updated: Jan. 24
The Distribution Center located at the Outlets at Loveland will permanently close on Friday, March 28, 2014. Learn more »

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