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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

Up to $12,500 is available per property to repair or replace an on-site wastewater system damaged in the September 2013 flooding. No work done prior to October 27, 2014 is reimbursable.

Updated: Nov. 18
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has received a $1.3 million dollar grant through the Colorado Department of Public Health, Water Quality Control Division's Natural Disaster Grant Fund to assist with the repair or replacement of on-site wastewater treatment systems impacted by the September 2013 flooding. The Natural Disaster Grant Fund was provided by HB14-1002 and issued to entities in counties where the governor declared a disaster emergency.

Damaged wastewater systems can cause contamination to rivers and streams by allowing high levels of nutrients to enter the waterways, damaging aquatic life and posing a potential threat to downstream users of the water. The goal of the grant is to ensure that wastewater systems are restored to working order to protect water quality in Larimer County.

Up to $12,500 is available per property to repair or replace an on-site wastewater system damaged in the September 2013 flooding. The funds cannot be used for work that has already been completed, no work done prior to October 27, 2014 is reimbursable. Property owners must complete an application and submit it to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment through either the Fort Collins or Estes Park office. An Environmental Health Specialist will visit the property to determine if the property is eligible for the grant, and provide guidance for the next steps in the repair.

For more information, or to get a copy of the application please contact Larimer County Environmental Health at (970) 577-2050 or visit the Department of Health and Environment – Septic Systems.

Big Thompson Conservation District Winter Weed Workshop and 2015 order information

Updated: Nov. 13

Winter Weed Workshop

2015 Tree Order Form

Mountain Outreach Team newsletter and holiday tips

Updated: Nov. 12
View the November/December newsletter from the Mountain Outreach Team. This will be the last newsletter as funding for the Mountain Outreach Team ends December 30, 2014.

Information and resources on navigating the holiday season »

Drop-in Dinner with the Colorado Spirit Mountain Outreach Team

Updated: Oct. 17
Join the Flood Recovery Colorado Spirit Mountain Outreach team for some good pizza with family, friends, and neighbors on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6-7 p.m. at Laporte Pizza. Learn more »

The Big T Conservation District is offering a Fall Cover Crop Seed mix

Updated: Oct. 17
Restoring healthy pastures, fields, and yards affected by the flood includes many strategies. Fall is a splendid time to initiate competitive seeding with fall cover crop. The Big T Conservation District is offering a Fall Cover Crop Seed mix. Learn more »

Funding Available to Combat Noxious Weed Infestations Following Natural Disasters

Updated: Oct. 1
From the Colorado Department of Agriculture: "In 2014, the General Assembly made funding available to assist those impacted by natural disasters in searching for, mapping and treating new noxious weed populations that are the result of fires, floods or other natural disasters." Learn more »

County Road 43 Public Meeting – Sept. 30

Updated: Sept. 24
Permanent reconstruction work on County Road 43 between Drake and Glen Haven will begin in October. A public meeting to discuss this project will take place on Tuesday, September 30 at 6 p.m. at Estes Park Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. Learn more »

Mountain Strong for Nonprofits

Updated: Sept. 12
The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) has joined with Stage 2 Studios and Neanderthal Marketing to announce Mountain Strong for Nonprofits. This new online marketing collaborative is designed to raise seriously needed funding for the local nonprofit community. The program will assist in rebuilding efforts following last year's flood and will help increase capacity for nonprofit organizations that serve Colorado residents most affected by the flooding.

Location change for the Loveland office of the Long Term Recovery Group

Updated: Sept. 3
The location of the Loveland office of the Long Term Recovery Group, Case Management, for Larimer County (both High Park Fire (2012) and September 2013 floods) has changed effective September 1, 2014.

Long Term Recovery Group
Case Management Office
350 E 7th St, Suite 3
Loveland, CO 80537

The phone number remains the same: (970) 461-2222

Attend Noxious Weed Workshop – Sept. 10

Updated: Sept. 3
The Big Thompson Conservation District has been monitoring and mapping noxious weeds all summer and in addition to finding many noxious weeds, found the following dangerous weeds in the Little Thompson watershed:

Jimson weed – Jimson weed is a summer annual broadleaf plant. All of its parts, particularly the seeds, contain alkaloids and when ingested are toxic to humans and livestock. Other names for the plant include Devil's Snare, Hell's Bells, Devil's Trumpet, Devil's weed, Tolguacha, Jamestown weed, Stinkweed, Locoweed, Pricklyburr and Devil's Cucumber.

Poison-hemlock – Poison-hemlock is acutely toxic to people and animals. The poisons in hemlock are so deadly that people have died after eating game birds that had eaten hemlock seeds. Poison-hemlock can be confused with wild carrot (Daucus carota, or Queen Anne's Lace), as with many other members of the parsley family that resemble it. It has hairless hollow stalks with purple blotches. It can get quite tall, sometimes up to eight feet or higher.

Learn more about the workshop »

Final Big Thompson River Restoration Master Planning Meeting – Aug. 28

Updated: Aug. 27
We are gearing up for a very momentous public input meeting on Thursday, August 28 at 5:45 p.m. Your participation at this final meeting is highly encouraged. The meeting will be held at Big Thompson School District's Administration Building located at 800 South Taft Avenue, Loveland, CO. Learn more »

Unmet needs survey by World Renew for all flood survivors

Updated: Aug. 26
See flyer for dates, times, and places. Only two days left! This information is critical for establishing our flood survivors needs for the future.

World Renew has been asked to assess unmet needs of Larimer County residents affected by last September's flooding

Updated: Aug. 19
Please help us determine unmet needs – August 18-22 and 25-29. World Renew is an international disaster relief agency that specializes in conducting such assessments.

The agency is holding walk-in centers Monday-Thursday at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 1-8 p.m. Friday at the Big Thompson Canyon Association Community Building, 1479 U.S. 34, Drake; Glen Haven Firehouse, 7380 County Road 43, Glen Haven; and Larimer County Long Term Recovery Group office in Estes Park at 517 Big Thompson Ave., No. 302.

The sessions will continue at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 25-29 and 1-8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Big Elk Meadows Firehouse at 42 Willow Drive in Big Elk Meadows, and Rocky Mountain Church, 451 Promontory Drive, Estes Park.

Attend the Flood Recovery Expo – Aug. 16

Updated: Aug. 13
The Flood Recovery Expo is this Saturday, August 16, in Estes Park, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Breakfast starts at 9 a.m.

Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition (BTRRC)

Updated: Jul. 22
July 31 is the third in a series of master planning meetings that the Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition is holding for landowners and other stakeholders to provide input into the master planning process and share with the Coalition their most important concerns about long-term river restoration. Preliminary recommendations for restoration and design plans will be presented and stakeholders will be encouraged to provide feedback. Detailed information »

Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition (LTWRC)

Updated: Jul. 22
Stay up-to-date with LTWRC meetings and funding information. Learn more »

Neighborhood Reconstruction Updates

Updated: Jul. 15
So far, Larimer County Engineering has produced four Reconstruction Update newsletters to inform people of reconstruction work happening in the Pinewood Springs, Buckhorn Canyon Road, Drake to Glen Haven, and Big Elk Meadows area. View Reconstruction Updates »

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