The 2013 Flood resulted in extensive damage to residential and business property, as well as to Boulder County roads, bridges, creeks, and open space. Long-term recovery efforts continue to dominate Boulder County programs and projects. Recovery for community infrastructure and ecology is happening simultaneously and progress in one area is intricately tied to progress in the other areas.
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Building Back Better
Recovering from the 2013 Flood will be a multi-year commitment for Boulder County, the municipalities and our community as a whole. Boulder County is committed to building back stronger and more resilient than before.
One program that Boulder County is administering in the wake of the 2013 Flood is the Buyout Program. This program aims to purchase flood damaged properties that may have a threat of future danger and turn the property into undeveloped land in perpetuity. Applications for the program were accepted through July 2016, the application period is now closed.
Through this program homeowners of the flood-damaged homes are able to get pre-flood value out of the property and Boulder County is able to ensure that the land will no longer have threatened development on site. At the moment there are a total of 66 properties in line for buyout – a map of the locations with more details about the purchases is now available. The projected cost for all buyout properties is roughly $26.8M.
Flood Recovery Assistance Funds
On the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) webpage, you can learn how federal grant money administered by the county was used to help hundreds of Boulder County residents pay for a variety of flood recovery projects.