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May 11, 2017

Meeting to discuss national study that documents 2013 Flood recovery efforts May 17

Boulder County, Colo. - The 2013 Flood greatly impacted Boulder County and the
surrounding region, and parts of the county are still in recovery nearly four
years later. A new national study documents those recovery efforts and the
steps taken by the Boulder County and the City of Boulder to be more resilient
in the face of future floods.

To highlight these ongoing resilience efforts, the
Boulder County is joining the City of Boulder and
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to discuss
the study in an hour-long public meeting.

What: Discuss Case
Studies of Community Resilience
and Disaster Recovery from the 2013 Flood
When: Wednesday,
May 17, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder
County Courthouse, Commissioners’
Hearing Room, Third Floor, 1325 Pearl
St., Boulder

The study is also available
online for viewing, at
http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/gcr/2017/NIST.GCR.16-011.pdf

The 2013 Flood was a presidentially declared disaster
that caused extensive damage to private and public property and infrastructure.
Boulder County has estimated that cost flood recovery just for the county will
be roughly $297 million and continue at least through the end of 2018.

“Following this enormous disaster, the county has partnered
with other local governments, non-profits, and community members to be better
prepared for future disasters,” Boulder County Flood Recovery Manager Garry
Sanfaçon said. “This study helps to wrap up the lessons learned after the 2013
Flood and highlights the advances that have been made with regard to
preparedness and resilience in our communities.”

A
primary focus of the research was to document the recovery efforts within each
case study; the programs, policies, or broader efforts employed by each
community to design and construct resilient infrastructure; and the efforts to
ensure community services (e.g., housing and public health) were provided
throughout the multi-year recovery process.