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- 9-20-2013 Satellite Images of Lyons and Longmont
Digital Globe has provided this report showing satellite images of Lyons and Longmont.
- 9-20-2013 Boulder Canyon is CLOSED
Boulder Canyon Drive is CLOSED to ALL vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian traffic. CDOT has deemed the roadway and surrounding terrain extremely unstable and unsafe for non-authorized travel. If you are found in Boulder Canyon you will be removed and could face ticketing or even arrest.
- 9-20-2013 Debris Collection Site List - City of Boulder
City of Boulder community debris collection sites will be available through Sunday.
The 10 collection sites have been consolidated to two locations with increased dumpster capacity, they are located at:
East Boulder Community Park, 5660 Sioux Drive
Valmont City Park, 3160 Airport Road
Contractors caught using these dumpsters for commercial purposes will be ticketed and fined.
The City of Boulder announced plans to begin curbside clean-up of flood debris early next week. Curbside clean-up is scheduled to begin early next week and will run for approximately three weeks. Once a contractor is hired, the city will announce the start date and other details. Mud should be taken to an approved landfill.
Boulder County and City of Boulder residents may also take flood debris to Western Disposals transfer station located at 5880 Butte Mill Road beginning today. It is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees will be waived for residential flood debris disposal at the transfer station.
The state of Colorado prohibits the disposal of electronics in the landfill. They can be recycled at various locations in the county including Western Disposal or the Eco-Cycle Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM).
For more information about CHaRM, visit www.ecocycle.org/charm.
For information about Western Disposal, visit www.westerndisposal.com.
- 9-20-2013 Debris Collection Site List - unincorporated Boulder County
Eldorado Springs Pool, 200 Eldorado Springs Drive - OPEN
Marshall/Highway 93 Informal Park and Ride - OPEN
Spine Rd: Deerfield Subdivision, N. of Wellington Dr. Across from 4412 Wellington - OPEN
Twin Lakes, S. side, West of Twin Lakes Inn (Open Space) - OPEN
Carter Trail, E side, S of Bludegrass near yellow house - OPEN
Niwot, Park on 83rd N of Niwot Rd, next to fence on E. side, S of entrance rd. - OPEN
Haystack: Cardinal Ln, S of Robin Dr on E side - OPEN
Brigadoon Dr. & niwot Rd, W side of Brigadoon - OPEN
961 69th St, Boulder - OPEN
Lee Hill (corner of Green Meadow & Deer Trail) - OPEN
11664 Kenosha Rd - OPEN
63rd St & Brigadoon Court - OPEN
Hygeine Rd & 75th St (SW corner) - OPEN
CDOT/County site at Intersection of Broadway and 28th - CLOSED 9/19
Eldorado Springs Fire Station, 4300 Eldorado Springs Rd. - CLOSED 9/19
- 9-17-2013 Public Health Advisory
Due to the increased rainfall and flooding, residents should continue to practice the 4Ds to protect themselves from the risk of West Nile virus (WNV). Low levels of WNV activity in Colorado commonly continue through September and into October. For more information, visit BoulderCountyMosquito.net.
- 9-17-2013 Electric Safety After a Flood
Flooding forces homeowners to ask many difficult questions about water-damaged electrical equipment in their houses:
Can I use appliances after they dry out?
Are circuit breakers and fuses safe to use?
Will I need to replace my electrical wiring?
Floodwater contaminants can create serious fire hazards if electrical wiring and equipment have been submerged in water. Even with professional cleaning and drying, sediments and toxins are difficult to remove.
As families begin to clean up after a flood, there may be hidden electrical hazards. This is not a do-it-yourself project! Before beginning, have a qualified electrician check the house wiring, assess other damages and proceed with repair work. Then, follow these important safety tips:
If you smell natural gas or hear a blowing or hissing sound, quickly leave the home and call your natural gas provider. Be aware that propane tanks also pose a risk if they are punctured or damaged.
Do not flip a switch or plug in an appliance until an electrician tells you it is safe.
Do not touch a circuit breaker or replace a fuse with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface. Use a dry plastic- or rubber-insulated tool to reset breakers and use only one hand.
Do not allow power cord connections to become wet.
Do not remove or bypass the ground pin on a three-prong plug.
Use portable ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protective devices on equipment and extension cords to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries.
Discard electrical devices that have been submerged (i.e., circuit breakers, fuses, GFCIs, receptacles, plugs and switches).
When using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner or a pressure washer, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid electric shock.
Portable generators emit carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous gas that is colorless and odorless. For this reason, portable generators should never be used indoors or outdoors near open doors, windows or vents.
Do not turn on damaged electrical appliances. Electrical parts can pose an electric shock hazard or overheat and cause a fire.
Replace or recondition?
Some items may be reconditioned, while others will need to be completely replaced to protect you and your family. It is recommended that you allow an electrician or electrical inspector to guide the restoration or replacement of any electrical wiring or equipment.
Corrosion and insulation damage can occur when water and silt get inside electrical devices and products. Water can also damage the motors in electrical appliances. Therefore, you may need to replace:
Circuit breakers and fuses
All electrical wiring systems
Light switches, thermostats, outlets, light fixtures, electric heaters and ceiling fans
Washing machines, dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, vacuums, power tools, exercise equipment and similar appliances. Internal electrical components of this equipment could also be damaged.
Electronic equipment, including computers and home entertainment systems
- 9-17-2013 Message from Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District
Our community disaster has been under the management of federal authorities for three days now, and we have completed our emergency response and evacuation, and have responded to all the life safety situations we have faced.
The disaster recovery road ahead of us will be a complicated and difficult one, and accurate communications is critical to all of us. Boulder Mountain Fire is shutting down round the clock staffing today (Monday the 16th) at 7 pm. We will no longer be staffing our operations center at Station 1, so if you have an emergency or a newly developed hazardous situation, please call 911 to report it.
With so many agencies and contractors involved, a single point of information regarding disaster recovery has been established. All further information will be provided on the official emergency website at boulderoem.com, and we have been instructed by disaster recovery officials to direct all questions there rather than respond to citizen questions on topics that we are not familiar. This will therefore be our last information update.
- 9-17-2013 Tags & Flags Important for the Rescue Effort
Residents in the impacted flood areas will begin seeing tags and flags on homes and green tape on ground by driveways. It shows other search and rescue crews that someone has already been in the residence and they need to do something or that they can pass it by. The green tape is used for helicopters. Residents should leave these items in place. If you have removed them, please put them back. They are not assessing damage or condemning homes.
- Fourmile Fire Chief Bret Gibson pleads for people to stay out of the flood affected areas in the mountains, unless you absolutely must be there. Listen here
- 9-18-2013 1 PM - Jamestown access for RESIDENTS ONLY
The Mayor Tara Schoedinger of Jamestown is allowing access to the area for RESIDENTS ONLY. Residents must have proof that they live in the area to gain access past checkpoints.
Residents are encouraged to limit visits and to carpool into town due to limited parking. There is NO access to the south side of town, and there will be intermittent road closures due to recovery crews moving through the area.
ACCESS ROUTES TO JAMESTOWN - MUST HAVE ID/PROOF OF RESIDENCE TO GET THROUGH CHECKPOINTS:
Peak to Peak Highway (72) to Overland Road and down
Sunshine Canyon to Gold Hill to Overland Road
There is intermittent power in the area, but no water.
Visit www.JamestownCO.org for more information.
- 9-18-2013 The USPS reports that the Estes Park Post Office will reopen. All USPS mail will be in PO Boxes & carriers will deliver.
- 9-17-2013 Left Hand Water District boil water advisory rescinded for MOST areas
As of 5:45pm on Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has rescinded the Boil Water Advisory for MOST areas of the Left Hand Water District. Please be advised, the following areas remain under the boil water advisory and will need to continue to boil water at their locations until further notice: Areas along Foothills Highway from Neva Road north, Nelson Road from Foothills Highway to Tollgate, 39th and 41st Streets from Plateau Road to Nimbus Road, Oxford Road from 41st Street to Ogallala. This includes the subdivisions of Foothills Ranch, Hardt Estates, Lheureux Country Estates, Mountain Ridge, Sage Valley, Crestview Estates, and McNair Meadows. The temporary lines in these areas will be being flushed and tested over the next 24-48 hours and we will notify customers in those areas once the advisory is lifted for them. Customers in areas not listed above may resume normal water usage.
- 9-17-13 10:45 p.m. Update on Electrical and Natural Gas utility services
The following information was reported by Xcel Energy for their Boulder County customers:
- On the electric operations side, access to flood areas remains the obstacle. As of late Tuesday afternoon, 245 customers in Boulder County were without electricity. Boulder County road crews made significant progress today gaining additional access into Four Mile Canyon where the road had been buried or washed out. Xcel Energy crews have been right behind them, getting to work on repairing poles and wires. Xcel will continue that work Wednesday, however the road along this power line is still quite damaged and the result might be an extended electric outage for some customers in the Four Mile, Wall St. and surrounding areas.
Natural Gas Restoration
- Boulder Boring operations have begun at Hwy 36 and Middle Fork. Natural gas pipeline will be replaced soon. No gas service in this area until this repair has been made.
- Coal Creek Canyon Still unsafe to enter the area, so no assessment has been made
- Lyons All natural gas services are off or work is underway to shut it off (new valves must be installed)
- Longmont Access to flooded area not available. Emergency repairs are being made where access is available.
- Pinebrook Hills Re-lights have begun in this area. 130 customers will have service late tonight. Homes with red evacuation ribbon on the doors will not have service turned on until owners return and customers notify Xcel.
- 9-17-2013 1:15pm Lyons Resident Passes
Residents of the unincorporated area of the Town of Lyons will be allowed to go to their homes for short periods of time. Access will be open from dawn to dusk, after dusk the road will closed. To gain access residents must register for a pass which can be picked up between 12-8pm at Lifebridge Church, 10345 Ute Hwy. in Longmont. Lyons residents are reminded that they remain under a no flush and boil water order. Passes for residents who live in Lyons proper will be available tomorrow.
- 9-17-2013 11:45am Public Health Advisory-Indoor Air Quality
During a flood cleanup, indoor air quality may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood.
For resources about what to look for, how to clean up, and a list of professionals who can help, visit bouldercountyflood.org and select "Indoor Air Quality."
- If people in Boulder County need help evacuating their horses or other livestock from the flooding, the Boulder County Horse Association has received donations of hay and grain. We are working with the Boulder County Sheriff's Department and are ready to deploy our network of volunteers with trucks and trailers to move animals to a safe location.
Visit our website at boulderhorse.org or call 303-485-2162 for more information. We are a 501(c)3 organization so additional donations are welcome and tax-deductible.
- 9/16/13 11:33 AM The City of Boulder and Boulder County have been working collaboratively to place trash receptacles ("roll-off" containers or Dumpsters) at various locations to collect flood-damaged debris. Delivery begins Sunday, Sept. 15 and will take two to three days.
Residents are encouraged to use this resource for safe removal of spoiled food, damaged carpet, household materials and other flood-related debris. The trash receptacles will be emptied daily and will remain in place for a limited period of time, based on need.
Visit http://maps.bouldercounty.org/dumpsters to view a map of the community collection locations.
- 9/16/13 11:00 AM Some residents have had concerns about how they are going to get the mail with road closures and evacuations. USPS will be taking mail to the main post office in various towns.
Mail for Allenspark and Lyons residents will be sent to the main Longmont post office.
Mail for Jamestown residents will be sent to the main Nederland post office.
Mail for impacted Boulder residents will be sent to the main Boulder post office.
Mail for Coal Creek residents will be sent to the main Golden post office.
All Boulder carriers are delivering mail today. If a street is blocked or inaccessible, the mail will come back to the Post Office.
If a home has been impacted by floodwaters and the resident needs mail to go to a temporary address, fill out a change of address at www.usps.gov or pick up a form at the Post Office.
- 9/16/13 7:00 AM Longmont will open a Disaster Recovery Center at 10 AM in the Twin Peaks Mall
- 9/15/13 12:37 PM @CityofLoveland tweets "Water, wastewater and power all fully operational. Water meets all standards--no boiling restrictions in place."
- 9/15/13 10:00am President Obama has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Boulder County. People affected by the flood, even if they have flood insurance, should register with FEMA immediately by calling 1-800-621-3362. No matter how big or small the damage is, please report it with FEMA.
- 9/14/13 The city of Boulder has issued a release with updates about water and wastewater services:
- The City of Boulder is urging increased water conservation by city water customers for several reasons as a result of the recent flooding. Water customers are asked to turn off all irrigation systems. Turf, plants and trees do not need supplemental water at this time. Run only run full loads in the clothes and dishwashers. Dont let taps run or flush toilets unnecessarily.
- The city's Betasso Water Treatment Facility is operational and continues to deliver safe drinking water to city residents. However, due to high levels of turbidity in the Boulder Reservoir, the Boulder Reservoir Water Treatment Facility is not able to treat drinking water at this time and was not brought back online as the city had planned. While the Betasso facility has the ability to deliver water to all city customers, the city does not have redundancy in water treatment with the Boulder Reservoir Water facility offline. The city is urging water customers to use water conservatively until the Boulder Reservoir facility is operational again. This will allow the city to conserve and extend water treatment resources at the Betasso facility.
- Additionally, the city's wastewater treatment facility is experiencing unprecedented flows and system anomalies. A reduction in water use will help alleviate the pressure on the wastewater collection system. Remember to conserve water. Please avoid laundry, dishes, long showers and letting taps run if at all possible.
- Update on the wastewater pipeline breach
Yesterday, the city announced a breach in the main wastewater pipeline that carries 90 percent of the citys wastewater to the treatment facility. However, todays assessment indicated that there was not a breach in the suspected location. While good news, the condition of the wastewater currently arriving at the treatment facility does indicate that there are potential systemic failures somewhere else. City staff continues to assess the system to identify collection system deficiencies.
Many Boulder residents have been reporting that water or sewage is backing up into their homes. In most cases, this is groundwater and floodwater, not untreated wastewater (sewage). Excess stormwater in the drainage system and saturated soils are causing groundwater and floodwater to back up into private residences. However, if residents see or smell solid waste, they should call the Emergency Call Center at 303-413-7730 and ask that the issue be reported to City of Boulder Public Works crews. These backups could still be the result of issues on private property, but the city would like to gather the information to determine if it indicates a system failure.
Residents with isolated groundwater and floodwater backups may stay in their homes. However, if the water is wastewater, residents should use their own discretion to determine whether or not their homes are safe to stay in. These incidents are expected to decrease as the floodwaters recede.
- 9/14/13 8:30 PM Boulder County and the cities of Boulder and Longmont will be placing trash receptacles in various community and neighborhood locations on Sunday.
Residents are encouraged to use this resource for safe removal of spoiled food, damaged carpet, household goods and other flood-related debris. The trash receptacles will be emptied daily and will remain in place for a limited period of time, based on need. Bulky debris should be stored on the property (not in roadways or sidewalks) and preferably in a garage or covered area.
Materials that CANNOT be placed in the receptacles include:
More information on recycling and other waste diversion opportunities can be found at Boulder County's Resource Conservation Division, EcoCycle and Western Disposal.
- Electronics, such as computers, monitors and televisions. By state law these cannot be disposed in landfills. They can be recycled at various locations in the county including Western Disposal or the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) at 5030 Old Pearl St. (1 block north of Pearl Parkway off 49th St.) 1-800-GOT-JUNK or Green Girl Recycling offer collection services for electronics.
- Hazardous waste, such as paint, motor oil, car batteries and pesticides. Residents can take these materials to the Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility at 1901 63rd Street. This facility is open additional days on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 17, and will then revert to its regular Wednesday to Saturday schedule starting on Sept. 18. For more information on residential and business services visit www.bouldercountyrecycles.org.
- Refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners and other appliances that require Freon removal. Facilities that will accept these items for special handling include: Western Disposal Services, CHaRM and Bizzy Bs in Longmont.
- Lawn mowers and other equipment containing gasoline. Gas must be removed prior to recycling. These items can be recycled as scrap metal at Western Disposal or CHaRM.
- 9-14-2013 11:00am Left Hand Water District Clarification
There has been some confusion about the boil water advisory that was sent out for the Left Hand Water district. The advisory was for those served by the Left Hand Water district only, if you are served by Left Hand Water district you would pay your bill directly to them. City of Boulder, Gunbarrel, City of Longmont, Town of Lafayette, Eldorado Springs, and Town of Erie drinking water continues to be safe to drink. If your drinking water is purchased from the any of those districts, you do not have to boil it.
Some residents appear to have received the phone call from the Left Hand Water District to boil water. The phone call was sent to a geographic area, but there were some water customers included that are not served by the Left Hand Water district and some got the call inadvertently. Check your water bill to determine who your water provider is. If you are in an HOA or a multifamily or rental unit and your water bill is paid by the HOA or your landlord, ask them to confirm who provides your water. Visit lefthandwater.org and scroll down to the "District Service Clarification" section for more information.
The Town of Lyons still continue to be under a boil water advisory, as are Frederick and Firestone.
City of Boulder drinking water continues to be safe to drink. If your drinking water is purchased from the City of Boulder, you do not have to boil it.
- 9-13-2013 10:00 p.m. Boulder Announces Breach in Wastewater Pipeline at 61st and Valmont
There is no immediate threat to drinking water or public safety
The City of Boulder is reporting a significant breach in its main wastewater pipeline to the 75th Street Wastewater Treatment Plant. As flood waters began to recede, staff had visual confirmation at about 8:20 p.m. of a breach southwest of the wastewater treatment plant. There is no immediate threat to drinking water.
The breach is a result of flood waters destroying a section of pipeline northeast of 61st and Valmont, crossing Boulder Creek. The wastewater pipeline conveyed approximately 90 percent of Boulders untreated wastewater.
City officials have confirmed that an approximate 300-foot breach is allowing untreated wastewater to discharge directly into Boulder Creek. There is no immediate threat to Boulder or Lafayette drinking water. Boulders drinking water is drawn from reservoirs upstream of the city; Lafayette has been drawing its drinking water from Baseline Reservoir and has not been drawing drinking water from Boulder Creek.
The City of Boulder has notified federal, state and local authorities and is working on a temporary bypass around the breach to restore wastewater flow to the treatment plant. Officials are advising residents to continue avoiding flood water, and residents are being asked to minimize discretionary indoor water use, such as washing laundry. Industrial users are being notified to minimize wastewater discharges until Boulders system repair is complete.
Boulder officials are working with local and national resources to deploy contractors to make the repair. The treatment plant is currently processing about 10 percent of the city's wastewater through a second pipeline serving the Gunbarrel area.
Created:09/11/13, Modified:09/20/13, expires:09/22/13, priority:2