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Access expected to go into effect April 24
OSBT recommended that council designate this portion of property as a Habitat Conservation Area (HCA). The guidance from OSBT included the following uses by visitors:
- Mountain bike travel up and down, on trail, from Boulder Canyon to Flagstaff Road;
- Dogs allowed, on leash and on trail, from Boulder Canyon to the junction with the Tenderfoot Trail; and
- Voice and sight control for dogs permitted from the Tenderfoot junction to Flagstaff Road.
Staff is currently in the process of working with the City Attorney’s Office to finalize these proposed uses. Once finalized, there will be a 15-day comment period for public feedback. Unless significant changes are necessary after the input process, access is expected to begin, pursuant to these guidelines, around April 24.
Please check the OSMP.org web site for updates about this process and watch for signage at the trailhead soon. For more information about these changes, contact Jean Koszalka at 303-413-7622.
City of Boulder Press Release
The latest on the spate of lighting cause fire here in the city of Boulder from the office of emergency management:
June 26, 4:45 p.m. – Pre-evacuation notices go to city residents
Pre-evacuation notices went out to 931 City of Boulder phone numbers. The area that received calls is bordered by Dartmouth on the north, Broadway on the east, all the way to the south edge of town. People should be ready to evacuate quickly. A Type 1 Federal Incident team is on its way.
June 26 – 4:19 p.m. – All Open Space properties are closed from Eldo. Springs to Boulder Canyon
All open space and recreational areas from Eldorado Springs to Boulder Canyon are closed until further notice.
June 26 – 4 p.m.
NCAR is voluntarily evacuating.
Media briefing at 4:30 p.m. at Criminal Justice Center at 6th and Canyon.
All Pets Animal Hospital is taking small animals. 303-499-5335. 5290 Manhattan Circle.
Fire is estimated to be 200-300 acres.
June 26 – 3:45 p.m. Road Closures – Bison Drive, Flagstaff Rd.
Bison Drive from 1000 block West
Flagstaff Rd. from Baseline & 6th Ave
Hard closures. No public access allowed. Residents are urged to take vital records and proof of residency when they leave.
June 26 – 3:28 p.m. – Flagstaff Fire evacuations ordered
Sheriff’s Command has issued evacuation orders for approximately 26 households in the area of Bison Drive and Pine Needle Notch subdivision. An evacuation point is being established at New Vista High School at 700 20th Street near Broadway and Baseline. Red Cross is on its way. Residents are advised to take vital records, proof of residency and all pets with them.
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June 25 3:18 p.m. – Flagstaff Road is restricted to fire response
Flagstaff Rd. is being used for transport of firefighting equipment. Public access will be restricted or closed along this road until further notice.
June 26 – 3:01 p.m. Bison Fire
A helicopter and heavy air tanker are working on the Bison Fire which is estimated at 6 acres and growing. Smoke can be seen from the city of Boulder and surrounding areas. Rocky Mountain Fire is in charge of the fire.
Fire in Boulder County – June 26 – 2:51 p.m.
There is a fire burning near Bison Drive east of Walker Ranch in the foothills of southern Boulder County. A heavy air tanker is en route and 39 pre-evacuation notices have been sent to residents on Bison Drive and in the Pine Needle Notch subdivision.
7/14 3 p.m. Gold Hill residents advised to use Sunshine Canyon Drive
Fourmile Canyon Drive and Gold Hill Run are closed from Poorman to Dixon in Fourmile Canyon. Residents of Gold Hill are advised to take alternate routes. Sunshine Canyon Drive is clear.
7/14 2:56 p.m. Impacts to Ann U. White Trail/Wagon Wheel Gap Road
Water is currently running down Ann U. White Trail and rising quickly. Wagon Wheel Gap Road (off Lee Hill Road) may be affected because of trail drainage.
7/14 2:21 Call center now open
A public information call center is now open. Call 303-413-7730 for updates on today/tonight’s weather event and related emergency information.
7/14 2:12 p.m. – Rock slide on Boulder Canyon Highway 119
A rock slide has occurred on Highway 119 at approximately mile marker 35. The westbound lane is completely closed. The Boulder County Sheriffs Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation are en route to respond. Motorists can expect delays; alternate routes are advised.
7/14 1:10 p.m. – FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Fourmile Fire burn area
The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WARNING for the Fourmile Fire burn area effect immediately.
Prepare for possible flooding and take appropriate actions in low lying and heavy drainage areas for Fourmile Creek and Fourmile Canyon Creek.
The Boulder Emergency Operations Center is activated and providing support to field emergency operations.
Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
7/14 10:30 a.m. – Anne U. White Trail in north Boulder area is closed due to flooding
The Anne U. White Trail (which follows follows the Four Mile Canyon Creek in an area near north Boulder) was closed last night by the Sheriff’s office due to flooding. The trailhead is located off Wagonwheel Gap Road and Lee Hill Road.
Continued flash flood warnings in the trailhead area are expected throughout the day today. Damage to the trail, including wash-outs and log jams may require the trail to remain closed for longer for repairs.
Updates will be made available as repair assessments and time frames can be estimated by the Boulder County open space trails staff.
7/14 9:10 a.m. – Current status of Fourmile Fire burn area after last night’s storm activity
Boulder County Road Maintenance crews are in the area clearing roads and culverts. All roads are open with the exception of Fourmile Canyon from Poorman Road to Gold Run Road and Gold Run Road to Dixon Road. Even though the other roads are passable, people are being asked to proceed with caution because of the debris remaining on the roads.
This morning, deputies and firefighters are in the Fourmile burn area assisting residents and assessing damages. There have been reports of a number of structures (both residences and outbuildings) and vehicles that were damaged by the rising water and debris flows. The reports indicate that these occurrences were throughout the burn area and not in any one isolated location. At this time, we do not have any estimates of the total cost of damages from these storms.
The weather forecast for today is predicted to be similar to the weather patterns we experienced yesterday (July 13, 2011). Residents living in the Fourmile burn area need to remain alert and cognizant of the potential for additional flooding.
7/14 9 a.m. – Notice about water quality after heavy rainfall
Heavy rainfall increases the flow of sediment into our local streams and creeks, increasing the cloudiness of water. As a result of recent heavy rainfall over the Four Mile burn area, this sediment has been significant, contributing to a temporary discoloration of Fourmile Creek and Boulder Creek.
The cloudiness and discoloration is an indicator of poor water quality and can mean an increased level of pathogens, such as E. coli and Giardia. People should always avoid drinking untreated and unfiltered water from streams, creeks, lakes, etc. Cloudy, fast-moving water may also have hidden debris that poses a safety risk, so people should avoid recreational activity in the creeks after heavy rainfalls or, at a minimum, exercise extreme caution.
Treatment plants for drinking water are designed to remove sediment and disinfect the water against pathogens, so the cloudy stream is not a concern for tap water. The City of Boulder does not draw any of its drinking water from these creeks.
7/14 1:10 a.m. – Secondary surge has occurred, no problems reported in city
The secondary surge on Boulder Creek has moved through the City of Boulder without causing any major impacts. While some emergency staff will remain at EOC throughout the night to monitor the possibility of more bad weather, no additional updates to this website are anticipated until after 8 a.m. unless there is a significant change in circumstances.
7/14 12:45 a.m. – Second surge possible in City of Boulder between 1:15 and 1:30 a.m. – no significant impacts anticipated
Emergency officials are expecting a possible second surge of water from the Fourmile Canyon burn area in approximately 30 to 45 minutes from now. This surge could affect Boulder Creek and move into a portion of the city east of Eben G. Fine Park, similar to what occurred several hours ago. The surge is expected to be no worse than the first one, when the excess water fanned out and dissipated without causing any major problems in the city. As a result, no alerts are being sent out and no sirens are being sounded. Police officers are, however, walking the creek paths and urging anyone who might be outdoors in these low-lying areas to move away from the water. Emergency crews continue to monitor the anticipated impacts in the city, and if notifications become necessary, will notify dispatch immediately.
7/13 8:18 p.m. – Event Update
Predicting Boulder Creek to rise to appoximately 1800 cfs, which will create nuisance flooding in low lying areas around the creek. Sirens being activated to warn people of flooding and to stay out of low lying areas. People living in Married-Studen Housing around 17th and Arapahoe should be aware of nuisance flooding in area.
7/13 8:15 p.m. – Water Surge near Boulder
The water surge is two miles from the City of Boulder.
7/13 8:10 p.m. – Additional road updates
Additional road updates:
Lee Hill at Lefthand Cayon is open.
Lee Hill at Old Stage closed.
784 Bow Mountain is closed.
1178 Carriage Hills is closed.
7/13 8:00 p.m. – Flood waters hitting Eben G Fine Park
Approximately 4-foot water surge hitting intersection of Boulder Canyon and Fourmile Canyon. Eben G. Fine park being evacuated. People must evacuate low-lying areas along Boulder Creek now. Approximately 15 minutes till 4-foot water surge hits City of Boulder limits. Boulder Police officers are in the area warning people of the expected water surge. Residents near Boulder Creek should stay alert and ready to evacuate.
7/13 7:45 p.m. – Event Updates
Flooding reported in Fourmile Canyon. Water levels appear to be receding. About 2″ of rain reported in burn area in less than one hour. One home reporting damage from significant debris flows in the 1500 block of Gold Run. Debris flows on many roads in area.
Four Everbridge (emergency call back) messages have gone out to different residential areas. First call went out at 6:22 p.m. to 304 numbers warning residents of active flooding in area. Second went out to 108 numbers at 6:48 p.m. with the same message. Third went out at 6:57 p.m. to 41 numbers advising to shelter in place because of road closures, and fourth went out at 7:24 p.m. to 67 numbers warning of flooding in low lying.
Members of the public are asked to not call the media line for information.
7/13 – 7:20 p.m. Road Closures
Storm is moving through. Fourmile Canyon Road is closed from Ingram Gulch to Logan Mill Road due to water and debris. Gold Run Road is closed at Dixon. Lee Hill is closed at Lefthand Canyon.
We just returned from Four Mile Canyon where the mudslides occurred. There were four of them which began at mile marker 8 just past where you turn to go to Wall Street. Four Mile Creek is black with soot. (see video)
It was continuing to rain. The slides get larger as you continue past mile marker 8. Even in our 4 wheel drive TV production SUV we could only make it to the second slide. The command center gave us an escort from Four Mile Fire department. We had to have a radio person with us in case it slid again and we got caught up in a slide.
Initially, a Boulder County Sheriff deputy came up on the slides during the down pour at around 6:00pm. He told us it was all he could do to drive out in his Sheriffs big SUV Chevy.
Four Mile fire chief said that a large amount of the slide had hung up about 50 feet up the hill on a rock out cropping. There was some concern that it would slide again on into the night as the rains continued.
Four Mile Fire was on the scene and stationed through out the canyon to watch for more slides. A large road grader was pushing dirt and a front end loader and 10 Wheel dump truck were working the larger slides.
The hope is to get the road opened by morning. The concern is that it will keep raining and cause major slides.
Flash flood warning in Fourmile Canyon in effect until 9:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder Canyon and the Fourmile Canyon areas are under a National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning until 9:15 tonight. The fire protection districts and communities in the Fourmile Canyon Fire burn area are on high alert and closely monitoring events and responding to hazardous conditions.
Heavy rainfall occurred in the canyons around 6 p.m., and the Fourmile Creek reached peak flow around 7 p.m., but the creek did not overbank. Creek flows are now receding and water levels are dropping in the Fourmile Creek and Boulder Creek in Boulder Canyon.
Fourmile Canyon Drive is closed to travel due to mud, rock and debris flows between blocks 5900 and 8000 (Wall St. area). Lefthand Canyon and other roads in the area have had minor rock slides, but are passable. Motorists are urged to use caution on all roadways impacted by water flows and rock slides.
Sheriff’s deputies and emergency services personnel are on patrol in the Fourmile Canyon and Lefthand Canyon areas. They are checking creek water levels and monitoring the passage of roads. The Boulder Emergency Operations Center has been activated and continues to monitor weather, road and community conditions.
Reverse notification messages were sent to approximately 300 residences telling them to remain on alert and be prepared to seek higher ground.
10:30 p.m. – EOC deactivating; severe weather clearing out of area
The storm systems are tracking to the south and the risk appears to be low for the Fourmile Area, but not completely gone. Storms are expected to continue all night with diminished intensity and a southerly track. The flash flood warning has ended and all residents have returned to homes.
Another everbridge was sent to advise residents that the flash flood warning has expired but to remain vigilant due to weather still in the area. The only road closure presently is west of Emerson Gulch (off Fourmile Canyon Dr.) and is 4 feet deep and 100 yards wide. County road crews are building an emergency access through it and will go to work on removal of debris tomorrow.
The Emergency Operations Center will deactivate at 10:30 p.m
7/7 – 9:12 p.m. – Crews On Scene Clearing Roads
7/7 – 9:12 p.m. – County road maintenance crews are on scene with plows and road graders clearing the rock slides and debris flows. The goal is to get one passable lane in Fourmile Canyon tonight and go back tomorrow to widen the road.
7/7 – 8:39 p.m – Damage Assesment
7/7 – 8:39 p.m. – There are no reports of structure or infrastructure damage, other than debris flows on roads in the Fourmile area. Electricity and phones are working. No injuries have been reported.
7/7 – 8:30 p.m. – Downstream Impacts
Levels in Boulder Creek have peaked and are receding. Underpasses could be flooded. Some street flooding, but no imminent danger to City of Boulder. Use caution on roads and paths.
7/7 – 8:15 p.m. – Road Closure Update
7/7 – 8:15 p.m. – Fourmile Canyon still closed between 5900 and 8000 blocks (Wall Street area). Gold Run, Gold Hill and Lickskillit are open. Lefthand Canyon and Boulder Canyon have some rocks on the road, but are passable.
7/7 – 8:07 pm. – Assessment of Area
7/7 – 8:07 p.m. – Sheriff’s deputies are in the Fourmile and Lefthand Canyon area. They are checking creek water levels and the passability of roads.
7/7 – 8 p.m. Reverse Notification Sent
Reverse notification messages and phone calls sent to approximately 300 residences telling them to remain on alert and be prepared to seek higher ground. The National Weather Service has a flash flood warning in effect until 9:15 p.m.
7/7 – 7:51 p.m. – Fourmile is closed at 5900 block. Traffic westbound needs to find an alternate route. There are rock slides in Lefthand Canyon and Boulder Canyon, but they are passable. Please use caution when on these roads. County road crews and Colorado State Patrol enroute to assess and clear.
Lefthand Canyon has some minor rock slides. Roads are passable, but use caution.
7/7 7 p.m. – Flash Flood Warning in Fourmile Burn Area
A Flash Flood Warning is in effect in the Fourmile Burn Area. Intense storms are expected to continue moving through the area.
During the next several days, water levels in Boulder Creek will begin rising noticeably, which could potentially impact underpasses near the creek and the safety of creek activities. With higher temperatures and increased snowpack runoff anticipated, Barker Reservoir is expected to fill and spill as early as Wednesday, June 8.
The current flow in Boulder Creek, at Broadway, is about 200 cubic feet per second (cfs). Following CDOT work to remove debris from Boulder Creek in Boulder Canyon, the city will begin to release water from Barker Reservoir this afternoon in anticipation of the spill. This gradual increase of the creek flows will help to prevent a sudden increase when the reservoir fills. By the end of the day on Tuesday, the flow in Boulder Creek, at Broadway, could reach 500 cfs. Following the reservoir spill, Boulder Creek could reach 600 to 800 cfs, at Broadway. Additional precipitation may further increase the flows.
Anyone recreating in or near Boulder Creek should use caution. City of Boulder and Boulder County safety officials are evaluating the situation to determine when a tubing ban might be warranted.
According to recent news reports 400 people are expected to attend this week long convention of ( how the hell do i run a company anyway). It is mostly free and for serious business people a way to get started or or least tune up your ride. You can signup below on links to Boulder start up sight. We must note that 16 of the 38 events are parties, some of them very very focused on drinking. So it won’t be all that serious and much probably not educational, unless you need to learn how to drink. It appears this is largely a big social week for everyone in the tech, sm world in Boulder and beyond to get to know one another, drink, share ideas and not remember ” what the hell happened last night??”
|10/29 – City evacuations ordered|
|City orders evacuations of selected west Boulder neighborhoods
The City of Boulder has begun mandatory evacuations of neighborhoods in west Boulder. All residences and businesses within the following boundaries are being ordered to evacuate: west of 7th Street from Canyon Boulevard on the south to North Street on the north. An evacuation center has been established at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado – Boulder campus. There are an estimated 1,700 people and 800 units within these boundaries.
The evacuations are in response to the Dome wildfire in Boulder Canyon near Dome Rock on City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks property. More than two dozen firefighters are on scene working the fire, and a one-seat plane has been making drops of retardant in the area. Additional ground and air support has been requested.
“As a precaution and to aid responders dealing with the Dome Fire, we are ordering a mandatory evacuation in some neighborhoods within the city,” said City Manager Jane S. Brautigam. “We are asking that residents follow the directions of emergency crews now so that emergency equipment can be positioned and crews can focus on extinguishing the wildfire. Resident and business cooperation is greatly appreciated as we work to contain this fire.”
Frequent updates are being posted to http://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status.
The current evacuation area has not changed and includes:
- the communities east of the Peak-to-Peak Highway
- west of Highway 36
- south of Lefthand Canyon Rd
- north of Boulder Canyon
- along Sugarloaf Rd
- There are not any evacuations within the City of Boulder city limits.
The current list of road updates also has not changed and is as follows:
- Boulder Canyon is open
- Lefthand Canyon is open to Jamestown
- Lefthand Canyon is closed from Lee Hill to Lick Skillet
- Fourmile Canyon and Sugarloaf roads are closed
|ACCORDING TO PARK RANGERS AND FIRE RADIO TRAFFIC THE fOUR MILE FIRE WAS STARTED BY A PROPANE TRUCK CRASH NEAR FOUR MILE CANYON. the fire moved quickly and got away from county fire fighters. Grounded air tankers too skiddish to fly. caused disaster. 911 reverse failed. no evacuation plans ; bad cell phone caused chaos.
10:33 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - Road updates:
DOZENS OF HOMES LOST; FIRE TRUCK BURNED; PEOPLE MISSING; 3000 EVACUATED
10 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - Fire crews from approximately 30 local agencies continue to battle the Four Mile Canyon Fire that has burned 3,500 acres and multiple structures. Crews are engaged in “point protection” which includes protecting structures, clearing defensible space around threatened structures, and direct fire suppression.
Approximately 3,000 residents are in the evacuation areas. The Four Mile Canyon Fire is a wind driven fire burning in steep, rocky, and hard to access terrain west and north of the City of Boulder. Requests for state and federal assistance have been requested.
A total of 100 firefighters and 35 engines are currently working the Four Mile Canyon Fire with additional resources available and responding. Aviation resources were able to assist today after the winds calmed down. An estimated 40,000 gallons of retardant were utilized within the fire area today to assist in firefighting operations. Air operations stopped at nightfall and will resume first thing on Tuesday morning.
The current evacuation area includes:
10 p.m. – There will be a press briefing at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Boulder County Justice Center, 6th & Canyon.
8:20 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - Press briefing at 8:30 at the Boulder County Justice Center, 6th & Canyon Boulevard.
8:10 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - The CU Coors Event Center is open as an overnight shelter. People should enter at the southwest arena entrance, taking Regent Drive to Kittredge Loop. Drivers can drop off the rest of their party at this entrance then proceed to POD-G (public parking), just east of 30th Street and Colorado Boulevard. A shuttle will be provided to transport evacuees people back to the center from the parking area.
The shelter can only accommodate service animals. No pets are allowed, but the humane society in Longmont is accepting small pets. People should bring identification and medications and items to occupy small children. Food will be provided.
7:51 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - Boulder Valley Humane Society is no longer accepting animals. Longmont Humane Society still has space and will be open throughout the night.
7:46 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - The Nederland Community Center evaculation center is closed. All evacuees who were at the shelter have been accomodated. Anyone trying to go to Boulder from Nederland should use Coal Creek, and not try to travel through Boulder Canyon.
7:40 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 - There has been some confusion about the call center number. The incident call center can be reached at 303-413-7737.
7:40 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010 – North Boulder Recreation Center evacuation center is closing and evacuees are being directed to the CU Coors Events Center.
7:25 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: The New Vista High School evacuation center is closed. Evacuees have been directed to the shelter at the CU Coors Events Center.
7:20 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: The winds have died down, allowing aircraft to get up and running. There are currently three air tankers operating over the wildfire: one single-engine tanker with a 799-gallon capacity and two heavy tankers with a 2,300-gallon capacity each. In addition, two other planes are in the air, assisting them. The tankers are dropping retardant and then returning to Rocky Mountain Regional Airport to refill, with an estimated 20-minute turnaround time. They will operate until it is too dark to do so. In addition, four more heavy air tankers have been ordered from Boise, Idaho. They are expected to arrive this evening and stage at Rocky Mountain Regional Airport until tomorrow morning.
7:15 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: The campground at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is open for recreational vehicles. There are approximately 25 sites open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Electrical and sewer hookup available.
6:47 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: Evacuation area has been expanded from Sugar Loaf Road to the Peak to Peak Highway.
6:45 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: Parking for evacuees using the Coors Events Center is at POD-G (public parking), just east of 30th Street and Colorado Blvd. A shuttle will be provided to transport evacuees from the parking area to the Coors Events Center.
6:10 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: The American Red Cross is opening an overnight shelter at the CU Coors Event Center. People should enter at the southwest arena entrance, taking Regent Drive to Kittredge Loop. This facility will open at 6:30 p.m. for all residents displaced by the wildfire. The shelter can only accommodate service animals. No pets are allowed, but the humane societies in Boulder and Longmont are accepting small pets. People should bring identification and medications and items to occupy small children. Food will be provided. Parking may be limited.
6:17PM latest evacuations:
PUBLIC INFORMATION LINE:
303-413-7737 FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
5:20 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: This is the most comprehensive list of residential areas that have been ordered to evacuate as a result of the wildfire:
all homes within a 3-mile radius of Gold Hill;
the Mountain Meadows subdivision;
the Sierra Antigua subdivision;
Mountain Meadows and Mountain Pines;
Pine Brook; Boulder Heights;
Mile marker 3 Sugarloaf to Boulder Canyon;
and Lickskillet west to Sawmill.
the emergency alert system is not working properly. Residents in these areas should NOT wait for alerts to evacuate.
Boulder County Sheriffs department just announced:
Sunshine Canyon is under mandatory evacuation
Wonderland hills is under Mandatory evacuation
Lee Hill Road under Mandatory evacuation
Boulder Heights Mandatory evacuation
Sugar Loaf Mandatory evacuation
Boulder County communications is asking the media to help us spread the word as soon as possible that the following neighborhoods have been added to the mandatory evacuations stemming from the Fourmile Canyon wildfire:
Pine Brook Hills Mandatory evacuation
Boulder Heights mandatory evacuation
Whispering Pines madatory evacuation
Fire now on Sunshine canyon road………….
latest news crew burned out
A child with with Asthma attack trapped in Boulder Canyon………trying to evacuate to emergency vehicles. elderly man suffers from smoke inhalations. Boulder Rec center being set up for evacuees. Fire on Move. Horses in pasture near Switzerland trail not yet threatened.
NEWS FOR BOULDER: Bike path washed out; Chamber, Creeks high flood danger, New parks, Clean energy push,0
Boulder Creek Path closed west of 30th Street; bridge washed out in Boulder Canyon
A culvert-style bridge near the Red Lion Restaurant, located at 37400 Boulder Canyon Dr., in Boulder Canyon partially washed out overnight. Debris has plugged up the culvert and water has backed up behind the bridge.
The water and debris have begun to wash through, and CDOT is working to create a diversion to reduce flooding. There are concerns that a surge of approximately 2 feet of water could come down the canyon. Because of already high levels, the creek is likely to spill its banks along the Boulder Creek Path.
The Sheriff’s Office and Boulder Police Department are concerned about the bike path area near Boulder Creek. Currently, officers are clearing the bike path of all users. No other evacuations have been called for at this time.
The Boulder Creek path is now closed between Boulder Canyon and 30th Street and community members are urged to avoid areas near Boulder Creek until further notice. This includes all areas along the creek between Eben G. Fine Park and Scott Carpenter Park.
Boulder Creek is currently running at the 3.6 feet stage. A level of 4 feet is when the creek will spill its banks.
The main branch of the Boulder Library is partially opening. Patrons can access the south door on Arapahoe Avenue and use the south side of the library. The bridge over Boulder Creek and the north side of the library building are closed.
Everbridge emergency notifications have been sent out to residents and businesses along the creek corridor. This is an emergency notification system that sends text messages to all landlines plus mobile devices for people who have registered in advance.
The media is asked to not go up the canyon to get footage. Officials need to keep that route clear for emergency responders. Reporters can stage at Eben G. Fine Park to get footage of the water. They are urged to use caution and stay some distance from the creek.
The City of Boulder and Boulder County Emergency Operation Center has been activated. No other formal press releases will be sent out. Status updates will be posted at http://boulderoem.com/.
June 8, 2010
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Do NOT seek shelter from storms in underpasses
High temperatures today are expected to increase the rate of snow melt in the high country, and the weather forecast calls for potential thunderstorms this afternoon and tomorrow. This raises the risk of potential flooding in the Boulder area. Some of the city’s underpasses are already experiencing low-lying flooding due to high water levels in creeks and drainageways.
Most of the city’s underpasses are meant to help carry floodwaters during a flood event. The community is reminded NOT to seek shelter from a rainstorm in an underpass. Bike and pedestrian commuters are encouraged to use caution when approaching underpasses.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has issued a tubing ban on Boulder Creek today.
The city would like to remind residents to use safety when they are near any of Boulder’s numerous creeks and floodplains. Flash floods can occur literally IN A FLASH during a severe storm. It’s important that residents, visitors and people who work in Boulder familiarize themselves with their surroundings, keep track of the weather and know the dangers.
The city maintains a flood information website that can help residents prepare before, during and after a flood event. Visit www.boulderfloodinfo.net to see floodplain maps, watch informational videos and obtain a family flood action plan that should be filled out prior to a flood event and posted in homes. The family flood action plan can also be picked up in the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway. For more information about personal preparedness, visit www.readycolorado.com, or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 303-441-3390.
Boulder Parks and Recreation launches two construction projects
The Parks and Recreation Department is launching two construction projects that are designed to improve the community’s recreation facilities and options. The first, Valmont City Park Phase I bike park construction, has already started. The second, Harlow Platts Park irrigation renovation and exercise par course replacement will begin this month.
Valmont City Park Phase I bike park
Valmont City Park Phase I bike park construction started in May and is expected to last until Spring 2011, depending on weather and contractor progress. The new development will include building an off-road terrain park, bike trails and a bike pump track; a “tot-lot” play area and plaza; gravel parking lot (off Airport Road); restroom facility, landscaping and irrigation.
The area north of Valmont and Airport roads will be closed during construction, but the dog park will remain open. This project is funded by city tax revenue and contributions from area businesses, foundations and individuals in partnership with the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance. The Parks and Recreation Department also received a grant of $200,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) in 2009 for the park, which will be used to supplement the existing capital funding allocated for this park development.
Work updates and information are located at www.ValmontCityPark.org
Harlow Platts Park irrigation renovation and exercise par course replacement
Updating and renovation of the Harlow Platts Park irrigation system is scheduled to begin later this month and last for approximately a year. The park’s exercise par course equipment will also be replaced later this summer. That project is expected to take approximately two months.
Irrigation system renovation will include component replacements and upgrades, turf re-seeding and sod restoration, as needed. There may be temporary detours for some of the park’s features, including the disc golf course.
Construction updates on these projects are located at www.BoulderParkNews.org.
Council pushes for clean energy outcomes in franchise talks
Boulder City Council on Thursday, June 3, directed staff to continue negotiating a possible franchise with Xcel Energy while still pushing for a two-year extension and environmental side agreements that would help the community meet its clean energy goals.
Five members of council directed staff to move forward on discussions with Xcel, although some expressed concerns about the utility’s commitment to an environmental partnership with the city and questioned whether voters would approve a renewed franchise if it were to be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election.
Council members agreed their preference would be for Xcel to grant a two-year franchise extension and commit to partnering in a study that could outline the course for rapid decarbonization during that time. The energy company has previously indicated that it is not interested in an extension of that length.
On Thursday, prior to the study session, officials with Xcel notified the city manager that the company will agree to an extension of the current franchise agreement until Dec. 31, 2010, to allow more time for negotiations. Under this extension, Xcel will be permitted to continue using public rights-of-way under the terms detailed in the 1993 franchise agreement. Council will still have to make a decision by mid-August about whether to put a franchise agreement on the ballot for voter consideration on Nov. 2.
The issue of whether to renew a franchise agreement with Xcel has financial, legal and environmental implications for the city and its goals of providing reliable and affordable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
If approved by the voters, the franchise would grant Xcel the right to use streets, alleys, rights-of way and other public property for the purpose of providing utility service to the residents and businesses. In return, Boulder would receive a franchise fee equal to 3 percent of the company’s sales of gas and electricity within the city each year. This currently totals $3.9 million. This fee is used to fund key city services. State law allows Xcel to pass the franchise fee onto Xcel’s Boulder customers because they are the ones who gain the benefits of that revenue. The passed-through cost appears as a line item on Boulder customers’ Xcel bills. The city also receives other benefits from a franchise agreement with Xcel, such as access to a 1 percent “undergrounding” fee, which is used to underground overhead power lines, and the right to place city signs and fiberoptics equipment on Xcel’s utility poles free of charge.
Because of the financial implications to the city of losing the franchise fee if the franchise is not approved, council on Thursday also instructed city staff to continue researching alternative sources of revenue. This could include the possibility of an occupation or excise tax, which would have to be approved by voters, but would be collected only if there is no Xcel franchise.
For more information about the franchise and clean energy issues, please visit http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/energyfuture.