On 6-month anniversary of epic floods, Boulder residents gather for briefing on prevention efforts

DENVER - As Colorado marks the six-month anniversary of September's epic flooding, Boulder residents gathered Tuesday night to address questions and concerns about future problems. 

About 150 people met at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Boulder for a briefing from city and county officials.

Spring runoff will soon become a concern said Boulder Office of Emergency Management director Mike Chard. However, he said charting reveal it won’t be as severe as in the past.

Boulder County Flood - Before and after photos: http://ch7ne.ws/1kKQmxt

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Chard said potential problem areas have already been identified where creek and riverbeds may be weak as the result of the 2013 flooding.

The public is being asked to be proactive in flood prevention.

Residents were advised to report any environmental changes or concerns. Boulder County’s flood recovery center is urging residents to look for things such as tilted utility poles, cracks in pavement or foundations and changes in stream flow.

By enlisting property owners as observers, future problems can be prevented, officials say.

While questions were answered in a group setting, residents were able to meet one-on-one with county officials to discuss specific problems concerning their personal property.

"There is still a lot of debris that is going to cause problems if we have runoff," said resident Anne Bekoff who lives on Wagonwheel Gap Road.

Everything is under review but the current task is to keep the creek beds clean. Soon crews will clear the debris and monitor flood banks.

The county wants homeowners to be vocal, reporting any changes they notice on the terrain before the snow pack melts.

"We're not going to see 1,000 year flooding. It's going to be spring runoff.  We know what it is," said Chard.

Residents are being urged to get flood insurance now as it takes about one month to activate.

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