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 continues to 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 administered in the wake of the 2013 Flood is the Buyout Program. This program purchased flood damaged properties that may have a threat of future danger and turned the property into undeveloped land in perpetuity. Applications for the program were accepted through July 2016, and the application period is now closed.
The acquisition portion of the program as well as the demolition portion are complete. View a map of the 47 total properties acquired.
In September of 2018, the Boulder County Commissioners assigned management responsibility for the properties to either the county’s Transportation Department for road rights-of-way or to the Parks & Open Space Department for open space. View more information on Boulder County’s Management of Flood-Buyout Properties.
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.