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Disaster Loss: Information for filing income taxes following a declared disaster

Updated: Feb. 12
John Trapani provided free educational tax loss workshops for Boulder, Larimer and El Paso counties in February, 2014. A video recording of the Feb 11, 2014 Larimer County presentation will be posted to the website soon. Learn more »

Roadmap to Recovery Workshop – Feb. 4-5

Updated: Jan. 31
Join us for a free educational workshop on flood damage and insurance. Residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed during the September 2013 flooding are encouraged to attend this workshop. Learn more »

Federal Income Tax Disaster/Loss Workshop

Updated: Jan. 28
Larimer County will host United Policyholders for a special presentation aimed at flood survivors called Post-Disaster Income Tax Workshop. The session takes place on Tuesday, February 11, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Loveland Senior Center, 700 East 4th Street, Loveland. Note: A presentation on federal taxes and disaster losses was presented by the IRS in January 2013 and is available for video viewing at www.larimer.org/highparkfire under Videos. Learn more »

Larimer County Informational Open House

Updated: Jan. 24
An informational flood recovery open house, sponsored by Larimer County, will be held on Wednesday, January 29 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Loveland Senior Center. Learn more »

Overnight closure of US 34 in Big Thompson Canyon – Jan. 29 at 9 p.m.

Updated: Jan. 21
US 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon will close at Idlewild Lane on Wednesday, January 29 at 9 p.m., until Thursday, January 30 at 3 a.m. to accommodate the replacement of the Idlewild Lane bridge girders over the Big Thompson River The overnight closure location is at mile marker 78, roughly two miles east of Drake.

This is a complete closure and no through traffic will be allowed. There will be lane closures in place at this location beginning at 7 p.m., in advance of the full closure. The detour route between Loveland and Estes Park is on US 287, SH 66, and then US 36 through Lyons. Learn more »

CenturyLink update

Updated: Jan. 21
This will be our last community status report as we have transitioned to targeted community engagement in the few remaining areas that experienced long lasting and severe road, power, telecom or other infrastructure damage.

When out-of-service issues occur we'd ask you report your repair issue via the online web tool or call (800) 573-1311 to report service outages.

For billing issues, flood impacted customers may continue to contact us (877) 908-9661. Additionally our retail store locations listed below may provide in person assistance. These two channels are prepared to address the varying needs flood impacted customers for: service transfer, billing, suspension, temporary, forwarding, etc. View impact report »

CenturyLink retail stores:

  • Location: 1805 29th St., Suite 1136, Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 442-2011
  • Location: 14456 Delaware St. Suite 200, Westminster, CO 80020
  • Phone: (970) 352-6235 or (303) 457-1881
New community fund to Larimer County small businesses recovering from flood damage

Updated: Jan. 17
Community Partnership awarding business-to-business financial support to aid small companies in Larimer County that were affected by the 2013 flooding. Learn more »

Potential help for erosion-threatened homes in Larimer County

Updated: Jan. 8
At the January 7, 2014, Administrative Matters meeting the Board of Commissioners voiced its support for helping to fund potential projects that could assist homeowners to protect homes in imminent danger from increased erosion due to the September 2013 floods. Severe erosion has placed many homes at risk of damage due to any small additional erosion on unstable stream banks.

Larimer County will proceed with contractual negotiations with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to serve as a sponsor and project manager for these potential protection projects. The NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program provides 75% of project funding and has funding of up to $4 million for exigent projects requiring protection measures that would need to be completed by April 15, 2014. The State of Colorado has agreed to provide 12.5% of the required match, and Larimer County, as sponsor, would potentially provide the remaining 12.5%, approximately $500,000. Significant additional work is now required to finalize contracts and identify individual projects.

Floodplain issues

Updated: Dec. 20
New information now available on floodplain impacts. Learn more »

CDOT Removing Debris from Flood-Impacted Highways

Updated: Dec. 6
From CDOT: "Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has contracted with Phillips and Jordan, Inc., to collect debris from flood-impacted state highways." Learn more »

Larimer County Debris Pick-up Continues

Updated: Dec. 6
Flood debris pick-up from the recent floods continues in the mountainous areas of Larimer County. Learn more »

Larimer County Long-Term Recovery Group opens case management office

Updated: Dec. 6
The case management office of the Long-Term Recovery Group for the Larimer County floods opened Dec. 3. Learn more »

Waltonia Bridge closure planned (weather dependent) Jan. 8, 2014

Updated: Jan. 6
A full closure of the bridge will occur starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, and last until 6 p.m. that same day. Neighborhood access to the bridge will be closed after 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on that day. Contact Martina Wilkinson at (970) 498-5631 with questions.

Boulder Disaster Recovery Center to Close

Updated: Dec. 16
The last Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for the September Colorado severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides is closing permanently at 3 p.m. (MST), Saturday, Dec. 21. Learn more »

Northern Colorado Flood Recovery Assistance and Resource Fair

Updated: Dec. 6
CSU Extension will host a second informational meeting Dec. 16 for farmers, ranchers, and landowners affected by the recent floods. Learn more »

Distribution Center Reopens December 9 in New Location

Updated: Dec. 2
The Northern Colorado Distribution Center will reopen December 9, after temporarily closing from December 1-8 while moving to its new location at the Outlets at Loveland. Learn more »

Flood Debris Pick-up Schedule

Updated: Dec. 2
The flood debris pick-up schedule has been updated to include the weeks of Dec. 2-6 and Dec. 9-13. Learn more »

Long-Term Recovery assistance available

Updated: Nov. 27
Beginning December 3, 2013, Larimer County residents who suffered losses from the September 2013 flooding will be able to access assistance through the Long-Term Recovery Group – Larimer County, which is made up of more than 50 nonprofit agencies, government organizations, faith-based groups and concerned citizens. Learn more »

Flood Survivor Support Group Meeting

Updated: Dec. 2
The Mountain Outreach Team is hosting a support meeting for flood survivors on Thursday, December 5, at 5:30 p.m. Learn more

U.S. SBA disaster assistance loan programs not just for small businesses

Updated: Nov. 27
From FEMA: "If you are a homeowner, renter or business owner, SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation." Deadline to register is Dec. 2nd. Learn more »

Transitional sheltering deadline extended

Updated: Nov. 27
From FEMA: "Individuals and families who are still being assessed regarding their housing needs may continue to be eligible for Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) through Dec. 14." Learn more »

Distribution Center to Change Locations

Updated: Nov. 25
The Northern Colorado Distribution Center will be temporarily closed, starting Dec. 1 through Dec. 8, while it moves from its current location to the Outlets at Loveland. Learn more »

Flood Debris Pick-up Update

Updated: Nov. 25
There are many variables to the debris pick-up schedule such as weather, access, and debris amounts that will influence the pick-up schedule. There are also important guidelines for debris removal. Learn more »

Flood debris pick-up schedule to begin Monday, Nov. 25

Updated: Nov. 22
The debris removal schedule begins Monday, Nov. 25, with the first pick-ups scheduled for County Road 43 (from switchbacks to Glen Haven), Pinewood Springs, and County Road 4 west of Highway 287. Learn more »

FEMA Registration and SBA Disaster Loan Deadline Approaches

Updated: Nov. 22
From FEMA: "Colorado residents and business ownders with damage from September's severe weater have only one week left to resigister for help from FEMA. There is also only one week left to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)." Learn more »

Disaster Recovery Center in Loveland Closes Nov. 27

Updated: Nov. 22
From FEMA: "The Loveland Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Larimer County will permanently close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27." Learn more »

FEMA Registration Deadline Extended to Dec. 2, 2013

Updated: Nov. 19
From FEMA: "The deadline to register with FEMA has been extended to December 2, 2013, because of the long Thanksgiving weekend." Learn more »

Flood Recovery Meeting Support Meeting

Updated: Nov. 19
The Mountain Outreach Team is hosting a support meeting for flood survivors on Wednesday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. Learn more »

Larimer County Flood Debris Removal Plan Set to Begin Next Week

Updated: Nov. 19
Details regarding the debris removal plan for affected property owners are expected to be available later this week with the project beginning early next week. Learn more »

NFIP Filing Deadline Extended

Updated: Nov. 15
From FEMA: "An additional 21 days is added to the normal 60-day deadline to file your proof of loss flood claim with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)." Learn more »

Transitional Sheltering Assistance Extension Approved

Updated: Nov. 15
From FEMA: "Individuals and families who are still being assessed regarding their housing needs may continue to be eligible for TSA through Nov. 30 (checkout Dec. 1)." Learn more »

County Building Department Returns to Normal Hours in Estes

Updated: Nov. 12
The Larimer County Building Department is resuming normal, pre-flood, operating hours in the Estes Valley area. Learn more »

Power Line Trail Access to Close Permanently on Nov. 8 at Dark

Updated: Nov. 6
The trail between Bobcat Ridge and Storm Mountain (Power Line Trail) will close permanently this Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at dark. Learn more »

Flood Debris Program Announced

Updated: Nov. 6
The County's flood debris pick-up program is expected to begin in the next two weeks after the Board of County Commissioners approved a contractor for collecting debris. Learn more »

Estes Park and Larimer County Working to Restore Fish Creek Road

Updated: Nov. 6
Temporary road repairs will begin Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, on Fish Creek Road in Estes Park. The Town and Larimer County are currently in the planning stages for permanent repairs. Learn more »

FEMA Registration Deadline Extended

Updated: Nov. 6
At the request of the State of Colorado, FEMA has approved an extension for storm and flooding survivors to register for federal disaster assistance. The new registration deadline is November 30, 2013, which is also the new deadline to complete and return low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan applications. Learn more »

Larimer County - Life After the Flood video

Updated: Nov. 6
Larimer County - Life After the Flood is a seven-minute video recently released by the Board of County Commissioners detailing both the damage and the current County recovery efforts. Learn more »

The Retreat and Big Elk Meadows Now Have Access

Updated: Nov. 2
Construction crews have completed primitive roadways to reconnect the Retreat and Big Elk Meadows. Use of the roadways is restricted and for resident use only. The road is primitive, rough, and best suited for four-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles. Learn more »

Read FEMA Determination Letters Carefully

Updated: Oct. 31
If you receive a determination letter of ineligibility, be sure to read the entire letter carefully to find out why. In some cases, all you need to do is send FEMA a copy of the private insurance determination letter. You can call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or visit a DRC to find out how to appeal this decision, submit any required documents, or make changes to contact information. Learn more »

CDOT Requests Permissions to Enter Private Property from Property Owners

Updated: Oct. 25
As the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) moves forward with repairs on US 34, they are requesting property owners with property on or close to the highway contact CDOT to allow access. Learn more »

NFIP Proof of Loss Claims Due By Nov. 14

Updated: Oct. 25
From FEMA: National Flood Insurance policyholders whose homes or other structures were damaged by flooding have until November 14, 2013, to file claims for their losses. Learn more »

Assessing Extent of Flood Damage in Floodplain on Track This Week

Updated: Oct. 21
Larimer County has asked and received assistance from the FEMA in making substantial damage determinations on properties in the designated floodplain. FEMA and County staff teams will begin Wednesday, October 23, assessing homes in areas that are accessible along the Big Thompson, North Fork of the Big Thompson, Little Thompson, and Buckhorn Canyon. Learn more »

Health Department asks help in finding Buckhorn Canyon hazardous flood waste

Updated: Oct. 24
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment asks for the public's help in identifying areas where hazard was deposited in the Buckhorn Canyon area from September flooding. Learn more »

Farm Losses Informational Meeting

Updated: Oct. 24
On Thursday, October 31, the Larimer County CSU Extension office will host an informational meeting for farmers, ranchers, and landowners affected by the flood. Learn more »

Larimer County will provide "Proof of Not Habitable Home" forms for FEMA

Updated: Oct. 18
If FEMA is asking you for proof that your home is not habitable, the Larimer County Building Department will provide FEMA with documentation based on information contained in damage assessments recently conducted for flood-damaged properties. Learn more »

Access restrictions on upper U.S. 34 will be lifted for residents only

Updated: Oct. 18
From the Loveland Reporter Herald: "Starting Sunday (10/20), residents can travel from Estes Park to Drake at any time." Learn more »

No Burning of Flood Debris

Updated: Oct. 18
Burn permits will not be issued for burning of flood debris. Flood debris should not be burned. Learn more »

Larimer County Working on Flood Debris Program

Updated: Oct. 17
Larimer County is diligently working to implement a flood debris program and is currently in the process of hiring a contractor to remove debris left behind. Learn more »

Flood Insurance Workshop on Oct. 24

Updated: Oct. 16
On Thursday, October 24, at 1:00 p.m., United Policyholders and Larimer County will host a "Roadmap to Recovery" workshop. The workshop will highlight flood insurance basics and insurance claim topics. Flood survivors with damaged or destroyed homes are encouraged to attend. View bulletin »

Colorado United - State Website for Recovery and Resources

Updated: Oct. 15
The State of Colorado has launched a new website to provide flood survivors with recovery information and resources. Visit website »

30 Days Left to Register for Disaster Assistance with FEMA

Updated: Oct. 12
November 16 is the deadline for flood survivors in Larimer County to register with FEMA for assistance.

Video - 10/10 Commissioners Work Session on Flood-Related Road Recovery Efforts

Updated: Oct. 11
On October 10, Larimer County Commissioners and the County Manager hosted a work session highlighting updates on road repair, road access, and road costs following the September flooding. View view »

Community at Work Radio Show Highlights County Road and Recovery Efforts

Updated: Oct. 11
In the October "Community at Work" radio show, Larimer County Community Information Manager Deni La Rue and County Engineer Mark Peterson talk about Larimer County's flood road and recovery efforts. Listen to the recording

Flood Debris Disposal Options

Updated: Oct. 11
The Town of Estes Park, Larimer County, and Waste Management, Inc., are providing several options to Estes Valley residents who still need to dispose of flood debris. Learn more »

FEMA Specialists Deliver Advice for Building Safer

Updated: Oct. 9
Mitigation advisers will offer rebuilding tips to help limit damage from future severe weather in Fort Collins and Loveland beginning Thursday, Oct. 10 through Tuesday, Oct. 15. Learn more »

Updated - Flood Debris at the County Landfill

Updated: Oct. 10
The Larimer County Landfill has updated its flood debris information with details regarding household appliance disposal. Learn more »

Health Department Offering Free Tetanus Shots

Updated: Oct. 8
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is providing freetetanus (Tdap) shots to those involved in flood clean-up efforts. Learn more »

Election Information for Larimer County Flood Survivors

Updated: Oct. 8
Larimer County residents impacted by the recent flooding will receive mail-in ballots earlier than other county residents. Learn more »

Disaster Assistance Center Transitions Services

Updated: Oct. 2
While FEMA and SBA will stay in place at their current locations, other services for flood survivors located at the Northern Colorado Disaster Assistance Center in Loveland will transition out to normal agency locations after Friday, October 4. Learn more »

Flood Recovery Information Phone Line Established

Updated: Oct. 1
Larimer County has established a flood informational telephone line. Learn more »

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Help Flood Survivors

Updated: Sept. 30
Twenty-three teams of FEMA disaster specialists are deployed throughout Colorado's flood-impacted counties. The teams are canvassing affected areas to enable residents to apply for assistance with immediate and emerging needs. Learn more »

Credentials required for flood access

Updated: Sept. 24
Access to areas affected by the flooding may require registration and credentialing from the Sheriff's Office. Access may be limited to walking, ATV, horseback or other non-regular vehicle means. Learn more »

FEMA Assistance to County Facilities Expanded

Updated: Sept. 24
FEMA has broadened assistance to Larimer County to include repair or replacement of public facilitates such as roads, bridges, public buildings, water facilities, public utilities, and parks. The expanded assistance will cover 75 percent of costs. Learn more »

For flood-insured homeowners

Updated: Sept. 23
Property owners with valid flood insurance policies can file a claim. Instructions are provided at the National Flood Insurance Program website. Learn more »

Recreational areas status

Updated: Sept. 20
Several Larimer County parks, campgrounds, and open lands areas have been closed due to the flooding. Learn more »