Record-breaking snowpack, a cool spring and the impending arrival of summer weather are creating a very high risk of flooding along the Poudre River in the coming weeks.
Snow levels at Cameron Pass are twice as high as an average year, and are higher than 1983 levels – the highest runoff season on record in Fort Collins. Should temperatures warm quickly, leading to river flooding, the City is preparing for trail and underpass closures, possible bridge or road closures, and possible overflow areas along the river channel.
Areas with the greatest potential for flooding include homes and businesses along the river near the College/Vine intersection, East Prospect Road, south side of Lincoln Avenue and the Mulberry Corridor (south side of Mulberry Street).
How to Prepare.
If your home or business is located in the Poudre River floodplain, take precautions now:
*Prepare an evacuation plan and emergency kit, http://www.fcgov.com/oem/disaster-planning.php
*Remove valuables from basements and lower floors.
*Move vehicles, equipment and materials from low-lying parking areas – just 6 inches of moving water can wash away cars and floating debris can cause blockages at bridges.
*Document contents and building condition to help with flood insurance claims.
If you plan to do any improvements to your property, such as placing riprap along the riverbank or creating berms, you must first call Fort Collins Utilities at (970) 221-6700 to obtain a Floodplain Use Permit. A permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not the only permit required. Depending on location, City Code requires these types of projects to be analyzed and designed to meet specific criteria.
Sign up to receive emergency alerts via phone, text message or email, about your home, work or school, http://leta911.org
Review the floodplain map to determine the risk level for your property, http://www.fcgov.com/floodplain-maps
Fort Collins Utilities operates a Flood Warning System that provides real-time information on rainfall, streamflow and weather conditions, as well as early detection of hazardous conditions, http://www.fcgov.com/floodwarningsystem
. You can review rainfall and stream flow gauges throughout Fort Collins. You also can download a Rainfall Data application for Blackberry smart phones.
For more information, contact Fort Collins Utilities at (970) 221-6700, or TDD (970) 224-6003.