Emergency Preparedness

Boulder County wants you to be prepared for any flooding, landslide or debris flow situations that arise following the 2013 Flood.

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Know the Risks

As a result of the 2013 Flood, the risks of flash flooding may increase because of the following reasons:
  • Reduced creek and river capacity due to increased sediment deposits, rocky debris and location changes of creek banks
  • Woody debris deposits in and along rivers and creeks potentially causing debris dams and subsequent flash flooding
  • Flash flooding can occur very quickly, even when it is not raining at your location. The heaviest rainfall may be upstream from you, and water surges may happen if debris or earthen dams suddenly break free.
  • Debris flows and landslides may cause access issues and obstruct creek flows
  • Reservoirs are at capacity in the region and will spill earlier than usual causing additional flow during the runoff and thunderstorm season
  • Altered locations and conditions of rivers and creeks may impact structures and infrastructure at risk (i.e. homes, roadways, culverts and bridges)

Planning Ahead

By planning ahead, you can: 
  • Understand how a disaster may affect you, and take steps to minimize those effects now 
  • Be self-sufficient for three to five days if first responders can’t reach you immediately after a disaster 
  • Reduce fear and anxiety by knowing what to do 
  • Be ready to help others, and allow first responders to help those in the most immediate life-threatening situations
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