Boulder warns about elevated flash flood risk

Flood season begins April 1

BOULDER, Colo. - The City of Boulder is warning about an elevated flash flood risk as it launches a flood awareness campaign. Flood season officially begins April 1.

Although the September flood event happened over a few days, Boulder is the number one flash flood risk community in Colorado according to the city's Public Works spokesman Mike Banuelos.

"It’s not going to be a multi-day event, it’s going to happen quickly -- 5 minutes," said Banuelos. "So you need to have an evacuation plan, a plan fo your family where you’re going to meet up and sign up for emergency alerts through Boulder County."

Several creek and waterways have changed course since the floods, and Banuelos said it is still unknown how those areas will respond to spring runoff conditions.

"We’re not entirely sure what’s going to happen in the creeks, so we do want people to be aware and have an understanding that they may not behave as they have in the past," said Banuelos.

In several neighborhoods, the groundwater levels are still elevated following the floods, and people whose sump pumps once only went on in the Spring have been going every day for months.

"If folks saw water in their basement in September, it may happen again because we're going to see more water being introduced to water table," said Banuelos. "So check your sump pumps and dewatering systems and make sure everything is working the way it should be."

All community members are encouraged to sign up for FREE real-time emergency alerts at

Residents can get alerts via text message and email. 

The Community Guide to Flood Safety provides information about what to do before, during and after flood events. This comprehensive guide compiles important city information into a single, convenient resource.  The ‘Spring 2014 Post Flood companion guide’  provides information on city risks specific to post-flood conditions as well as the top eight personal preparedness tips to help residents get ready for the 2014 flood season. 

Both guides are available to view and download at

Starting the week of March 31, full-color, printed community guides will also be available for pick up at city recreation centers, libraries and the Utility Billing Office in the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway.

Flood Preparedness + Recovery open houses

The city will host two Flood Preparedness + Recovery open houses on:

  • Monday, March 31 | 5 – 8 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m.* | Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway
    *This presentation will air live on Channel 8 and will be available to stream live on
  • Wednesday, April 2 | 6 – 9 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m. | Casey Middle School, 1301 High St.

These drop-in style open house meetings will feature topic-based stations, and city staff will be available to answer questions about flood preparedness and recovery.  Each meeting will have a formal, 30-minute presentation from the City of Boulder and Boulder Office of Emergency Management on the post-flood risk assessment and personal preparedness tips.  Handouts and printed community guides will be available for pick up.

Flood Preparedness + Recovery ‘Meeting-in-a-box’

If residents are unable to attend the open houses, the city will be posting all meeting materials including the recorded presentation as part of its ‘Meeting-In-A-Box’ toolkit.  This resource is meant to support neighborhood resiliency and encourage connections among home owner associations, neighborhood groups or interested parties.  This enables community members to hold their own location-specific meetings to share information, create neighborhood connections and talk about important flood issues.  The ‘Meeting-In-A-Box’ resource will be available on, under ‘Flood Recovery and Personal Preparedness.’

#FloodSafety Campaign

On Monday, March 31 the city is launching an eight-week #FloodSafety campaign.  Every Monday – for eight weeks straight – the city will release a flood safety and preparedness tip that will be pushed out across all city channels including city Facebook and Twitter accounts.  To receive the tips right to your email inbox, sign up for Boulder Flood Info list on

Council/Community Briefing

Bimonthly council and community updates that provide detailed recovery information based on the council-adopted key objectives.  The next flood-specific briefing will be held on Tuesday May, 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. as part of the regularly scheduled council meeting.

Follow the hashtags #FloodSafety and #FloodRecovery for information related to each topic; the #BoulderFlood tag will be reserved for actual flood events in Boulder.  For up-to-date flood preparedness and recovery information, visit

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