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Current Weather Conditions in Boulder

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Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High 56F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
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Rain. High 44F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.

Extended weather forecast for Boulder, Colorado.
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2013 Boulder Flood Video playlist

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The city of Boulder is under emergency Alert, High flood warnings have been issued and parts of the surrounding areas have been evacuated, here are some videos of the flooding in the streets and paths.

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City of Boulder

Boulder Flood Info Expansion

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boulder flood 01Inquire Boulder and dedicated phone line Expansion for Boulder Flood Info

To continue to provide the most up-to-date information, resources and a dedicated contact for flood-related information, Boulder Flood Info will now have a presence on Inquire Boulder as well as a dedicated phone line.

Boulder Flood Info is the city’s comprehensive resource for all flood-related information.  Currently, community members can visit www.BoulderFloodInfo.net for timely flood preparedness and recovery information or email BoulderFloodInfo@bouldercolorado.gov with questions or concerns.

With flood season upon us, expanding Boulder Flood Info was essential to provide our community with more options to get the most up-to-date information, said City Manager Jane Brautigam.  We understand that community members are at very different stages of recovery and want to ensure they can get the information they need in various different ways.

Flood Info on Inquire Boulder
Inquire Boulder – the city’s virtual information desk – has been expanded to include a ‘Flood Information’ topic.  This topic covers all flood-related information requests citywide.  Community members can visit the Flood Information topic and make a service request.  Inquire Boulder also has a specific topic dedicated to Flood Cleanup.  If you have a Smartphone, residents are encouraged to download Inquire Boulder app.  This app automatically geolocates service requests and provides the ability to take a picture with your device and include it with the submission.

Flood Info dedicated phone line
The Boulder Flood Info phone line, available at 303-441-1856, will be a central point of contact for residents and community members.  As a citywide entry point, this phone line is a resource to answer questions as appropriate as well as route calls for department or topic-specific questions.

These additional resources should be used for informational purposes and are not intended for emergency requests.  If residents feel their flood question or concern is an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Other ways to get Boulder Flood Info:
Visit www.BoulderFloodInfo.net for comprehensive, up-to-date flood-related info including:
Downloadable Community Guide to Flood Safety;
See the Flood Recovery Status Map; and
Learn about what the city is doing and what you can do to recover and prepare for flooding in Boulder.
Sign up for the Boulder Flood Info email list
Submit questions via BoulderFloodInfo@bouldercolorado.gov.

 

 

Source: City of Boulder

 

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More help for flood victims (maybe)

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Volunteer interviewers will meet with flood survivors to help individuals connect with resources and gain a clear picture of what it will take to recover

 

The Long-Term Flood Recovery Group of Boulder County (LTFRG) has requested the services of a national disaster recovery group to determine who in the community will not be able to rebuild and recover without assistance. A team of World Renew volunteers will conduct one-on-one interviews with flood survivors from Feb. 10 through Feb. 22.  This process will help to prioritize individual needs and connect survivors with the LTFRG, which can provide long-term support during recovery with individual case management as well as financial and construction assistance for those most in need.

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The LTFRG is organizing five walk-in locations across the county during the organization’s time. Residents affected by the flood who require assistance for flood recovery are encouraged to visit a walk-in center to complete a short interview regarding flood losses and recovery needs.

 

All information given at the walk-in centers is confidential and will assist designated case managers to help residents connect with available resources. The information will also help to develop a detailed estimate of the total cost for recovery in the community, which will help the LTFRG as well as government agencies raise the necessary recovery funds and donations of building materials and supplies.

 

Interview questions are straightforward and should not require residents to supply any paperwork, although if flood survivors do have a FEMA number, they are asked to bring that with them to the center. Spanish language interpreters will be onsite at the Longmont location every day and will be available at other sites during designated hours. Sites are also wheelchair accessible (with the exception of the Altona Grange site) and appointments can be made for any ASL requirements.

 

South Boulder

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – 4215 Grinnell Ave., Boulder

Monday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Lyons

Walt Self Senior Center – 335 Railroad Ave., Building B, Lyons

Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Longmont

First Lutheran Church – 803 3rd Ave., Longmont

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

North Boulder

Boulder Friends Meeting – 1825 Upland, Boulder

Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Central Boulder County

Altona Grange – 9386 N. 39th St. (at Nelson Road)

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The City of Boulder is proud to be partnering with the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group on this and its other efforts to address unmet needs throughout our county. For more information about the group or the World Renew sessions, please contact the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group, at 303-895-3429 orfloodrecovery@unitedwayfoothills.org.

 

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County to help flood victims with income tax filing

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Residents invited to post-flood income tax workshop Feb. 12

 

Boulder County, Colo. – Residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the 2013 Flood, or local tax and personal finance professionals are encouraged to attend the workshop on Feb.12. Attendees will hear from disaster tax expert John Trapani, CPA.

Income tax help will be available to flood victims

Income tax help will be available to flood victims

 

The workshop will help residents navigate their income tax options following a major disaster:

 

When: Wednesday, Feb 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 3rd Floor

RSVP: www.UPhelp.org/RSVP

 

The workshop will cover several topics including:

·         Income tax benefits and reporting responsibilities that can help and hurt people who experienced a disaster loss

·         Major questions to be discussed:

o   Is there a loss or gain? What tax year should you claim a loss? Sell 7 buy or rebuild?

·         Documenting and claiming insured and uninsured losses

·         Tax consequences of insurance settlements SBA loans, FEMA grants, etc.

·         Special rules for federally declared disasters

·         Determining your cost basis for damaged property

 

Attendees will have the chance to ask questions during a Q&A session.

Boulder County, the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group and United Policyholders host this free workshop

 

 

For more information about the workshop, visit www.accountantfordisasterrecovery.com or call Kerri Oliver at kerrioliver@gmail.com.

 

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More help for flood victims

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National Disaster Recovery Group Coming to Boulder County to Assess Flood-Related Community Needs

Volunteer interviewers will meet with flood survivors to help individuals connect with resources and gain a clear picture of what it will take to recover

 

Boulder County, Colo. – The Long-Term Flood Recovery Group of Boulder County (LTFRG) has requested the services of a national disaster recovery group to determine who in the community will not be able to rebuild and recover without assistance. A team of World Renew volunteers will conduct one-on-one interviews with flood survivors from Feb. 10-22.  This process will help to prioritize individual needs and connect survivors with the LTFRG which can provide long-term support during recovery with individual case management as well as financial and construction assistance for those most in need.

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The LTFRG is organizing 5 walk-in locations across the county from February 10-22. Residents affected by the flood who require assistance for flood recovery are encouraged to visit a walk-in center to complete a short interview regarding flood losses and recovery needs.

 

All information given at the walk-in centers is confidential and will assist designated case managers to help residents connect with available resources. The information will also help to develop a detailed estimate of the total cost for recovery in the community which helps the LTFRG as well as government agencies raise the necessary recovery funds and donations of building materials and supplies

 

Interview questions are straightforward and should not require residents to supply any paperwork, although if flood survivors do have a FEMA number, they are asked to bring that with them to the center. Spanish language interpreters will be onsite at the Longmont location every day and will be available at other sites during designated hours. Sites are also wheelchair accessible (with the exception of the Altona Grange site) and appointments can be made for any ASL requirements.

 

South Boulder

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – 4215 Grinnell Ave, Boulder

Monday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Lyons

Walt Self Senior Center – 335 Railroad Ave, Building B, Lyons

Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Longmont

First Lutheran Church – 803 3rd Avenue, Longmont

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

North Boulder

Boulder Friends Meeting – 1825 Upland, Boulder

Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Central Boulder County

Altona Grange – 9386 N 39th Street (at Nelson Road)

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

For more information please contact the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group, at 303-895-3429 or floodrecovery@unitedwayfoothills.org.

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Gas “outage” comes at a bad time

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Boulder Fire-Rescue offers safety tips during gas outage

Xcel Energy is working to address a gas outage that is impacting a significant number of homes in parts of the city and Boulder County. Boulder Fire-Rescue is offering tips to help keep people safe during the outage.

ü  If your pilot light is out after gas service is restored and you don’t know how to re-light it, you may contact Xcel to come to your home to relight the pilot for you. Xcel is asking individuals who need assistance to call 1-800-295-4999 to provide a cell phone for crews to contact you; if you will be home when crews come by, please leave your porch light. Call a professional contractor if you don’t wish to wait for Xcel.

A gas outage hit Boulder Friday

A gas outage hit Boulder Friday

ü  If your pipes freeze, avoid using blow torches or open flames to try to heat them. Just yesterday, Dec. 5, 2013, someone caused a fire in a mobile home while using a blow torch to heat frozen pipes. Although no one was injured, the mobile home suffered extensive damage from the fire.

ü  If you have neighbors who are elderly or who are physically/mentally challenged, please check on them to make sure they’re okay. If they are in need of medical attention, call 9-1-1.

ü  If you plan to  use an electric space heater, consider the following precautions:

·         Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture and bedding.

·         Make sure to keep a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters and fires.

·         Use space heaters only when you’re present in your home or business, and only while you’re awake. Never use space heaters while you sleep.

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas which can be produced when a furnace or other appliances are not working properly. It can also be produced when wood-burning fireplaces are not vented properly.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, and inhaling it can cause death. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include feeling out of breath, dizziness, nausea and headaches. If you or any of your family members experience these symptoms, leave the building immediately and call 9-1-1.

ü  Make sure to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home or business. Check the batteries regularly to ensure that it’s working properly.

ü  Don’t use a charcoal or wood grill indoors or in a garage.

ü  Never operate kerosene or propane heaters indoors without proper venting.

ü  Never use your oven to heat your home.

Emergency Contacts and Shelter Information
In case of emergency, contact 9-1-1. For other calls, the non-emergency dispatch number is 303-441-3333. To report outages, please contact Xcel directly at 1-800-895-2999.

The American Red Cross will be opening a warm shelter for people impacted by this emergency. The shelter will be available starting at 3 p.m. today and is located at Douglass Elementary School, 840 75th St. near 75th Street and Baseline Road.

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7,000 homes in Boulder County are w/o heat

7,000 B.C. homes are without heating gas

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Natural Gas Outages in Boulder County   Report as of 4:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

To supplement our Colorado crews working to restore natural gas service to customers in Boulder County affected by this morning’s outage, we have called in additional Xcel Energy crews from around the state and from Minnesota and Wisconsin. We have also contacted utilities in California and New Mexico plus private companies too. With temperatures hovering in the single digits, we want to restart service as quickly and safely as possible. Approximately 7,000 homes are without service. We estimate 90 percent of customers will have service by noon tomorrow. Crews will work around-the-clock to restore service to customers.

7,000 homes in Boulder County are w/o heat

7,000 homes in Boulder County are w/o heat

We will call customers in advance to alert them that crews will be in their neighborhoods to relight pilots for natural gas appliances. It is important that we can reach you with this information. If you have not given us your cell phone number in the past, please call us at 1-800-895-4999 to provide your cell phone number or another alternate phone number.

To help our crews restore your service tonight, please turn on an outside light if you will be available to let them into your home. A person who is at least 18 years old must be at home to allow our crews access to your home. If not, we will need to return later. Please do not attempt to re-light natural gas appliances yourself. Not only can your appliances or equipment be damaged by improper re-lights but you can place yourself and your family in danger.

Our employees will check your appliances and re-light them for you free of charge. The American Red Cross opened a warming shelter for people affected by the natural gas outage. The center is located at Douglass Elementary School, 840 75th St. near 75th Street and Baseline Road.

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Bad weather a-comin’ City gets ready

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City of Boulder crews are preparing to respond to an approaching storm that may produce accumulated snowfall and persistent cold beginning tonight and continuing through the weekend. The city’s snow crews use 16 plow trucks to keep Boulder’s primary and secondary streets, on-street bike lanes, and multi-use paths safe and open to traffic.

Like other Front Range communities, the city does not typically plow residential streets since most snow melts within a day or two and residential plowing would significantly increase costs, impacting other high-priority services. During most snowstorms, one “floater” snow plow responds to requests from the community and public safety personnel. When snowfall exceeds 12 inches, the city strategically services known problem areas on some residential streets. To request plowing on a specific residential street, make a “Snow Plow Request” online via www.inquireboulder.com or call Snow Dispatch at 303-413-7109.

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Residential Street Plowing Pilot Program
In response to community feedback, the City of Boulder is also implementing a residential street plowing pilot program between Dec. 1, 2013, and March 1, 2014. Two snow plows will be sent to 10 pre-identified residential areas when both of the following criteria are met:

  • eight inches or more of snow is predicted or actually accumulates (not including snowpack already on the road surface); and
  • daytime temperatures are predicted to remain below freezing for the 72 hours after the snowstorm.

If both criteria are met and the pilot program is activated, the city will post a notification on the Snow and Ice Removal Web page. View the “Residential Street Plowing Pilot Program Map” atbouldercolorado.gov/links/fetch/18735 to see the specific neighborhood streets where snow plows may be deployed as part of the pilot program.

Safety Tips
To make winter travel safer:

  • give snow plows and spreader trucks plenty of room to operate;
  • allow for more stopping distance on icy or snowy roads;
  • avoid making last-minute decisions;
  • teach your children to be extra careful around traffic; and
  • use extra caution as you walk and bike in icy conditions.

Do not pass snow plows or spreader trucks, which are both wider than one traffic lane. This will help you avoid potential accidents, windshield damage and limited visibility caused by flying snow and ice.

Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal
Property owners, landlords and tenants must remove snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours after snow stops falling. Clearing sidewalks in a timely manner makes travel safer for all pedestrians. Failure to remove snow from sidewalks before the 24-hour deadline may result in fines and/or abatement, which involves paying for a private snow removal contractor to clear the sidewalks. If the city incurs costs related to abatement, these will be passed on to the property owner.

Visit bouldercolorado.gov/links/fetch/9834 to view official snowfall reports from the National Weather Service. To report sidewalk violations, make a service request for “Sidewalk Snow & Ice Removal” online viawww.inquireboulder.com or call Code Enforcement at 303-441-3333.

Seniors and disabled residents who are physically unable to remove snow from their sidewalks may receive volunteer assistance through the Boulder County CareConnect Ice Busters program. Visit www.careconnectbc.org or call 303-443-1933 ext. 413 to volunteer or ext. 416 to request assistance.

For more detailed information about the city’s snow and ice removal operations, visitwww.bouldercolorado.gov/public-works  and select the “Snow and Ice Removal” link.

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Campus Alerts system gets a test Friday

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The University of Colorado Boulder will test the Campus Alerts system on Friday, Dec. 6, at noon to raise awareness of how the campus community will be notified in case of a campus emergency. The test will include text messages, emails, social media and website announcements. Annual testing of emergency notification systems is required by the Clery Act, a federal law.

“As we saw during the recent floods, emergencies can happen quickly and without warning,” said Stuart Pike, CU-Boulder emergency management director. “The Campus Alerts system is our most effective means of communicating key safety messages to the campus community. It’s important for students, faculty and staff to be aware of this critical messaging platform.”

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If the emergency involves a threat to personal safety or a campus closure, a campus alert will be sent using one or all of the communication methods available. Text messaging is the backbone of the system as it reaches the most individuals in the least amount of time.

More than 90 percent of CU-Boulder students, faculty and staff are registered for the Campus Alerts system and over 90 percent of those have at least one mobile device registered, according to Pike.

During an emergency that affects the campus, critical updates, additional details, and any necessary instructions regarding the nature of the emergency will be posted at http://alerts.colorado.edu, university social media sites, and on the campus Emergency Information Line at 303-492-4636 (303-492-INFO).

Active CU-Boulder student email addresses (@colorado.edu) are automatically registered and the university encourages students to add mobile phone numbers in order to receive text notifications as well. Faculty, staff, or affiliates of the CU-Boulder community with an @colorado.edu (or cufund.org, or cu.edu) e-mail address are encouraged to register on a voluntary basis. Additional information is available at http://alerts.colorado.edu.

Details on the decision process for determining a closure, how administrative leave should be handled for essential personnel and other employees, and answers to questions that frequently arise are covered in “Campus Closing Procedures During Emergencies” located at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/campus-closing-procedures-during-emergencies.

Any user who expected to receive an alert and didn’t, or who needs help signing up for the system, should call the IT Service Center at 303-735-HELP or email help@colorado.edu.

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