Fort Collins Utilities is an equal opportunity residential and commercial utility service provider. We do not discriminate in the terms, conditions or provision of services based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
Fort Collins Utilities es una empresa proveedora de servicios públicos residenciales y comerciales con igualdad de oportunidad. No discriminamos en los términos, las condiciones o la provisión de servicios en base a raza, color, religión, sexo, discapacidad, estatus familiar o nacionalidad de origen.
Floods will happen.
The City's floodplain regulations and capital improvement projects are designed to mitigate flooding.
A 100-year storm is the amount of rainfall measured at a certain location, during a specified length of time, that has a 1% chance in any given year of being equaled or exceeded.
It is normal in Colorado to experience many storms that locally equal or exceed rainfall defined as the 100-year storm. It is likely that between 100 and 300 "100-year storms" occur somewhere in Colorado in a typical year. This graphic compares 100-year storms to storms of other sizes.
A 100-year storm (rainfall) does not always create a 100-year flood (runoff). Many variables exist that determine how much water runs off and where it goes.
In mapping the 100-year floodplain, officials assume that the 100-year storm occurs uniformly over the entire basin. Therefore, if a 100-year rainfall occurs in only an isolated location, it may not result in a 100-year flood.
Similar to the 100-year storm, the definition of the 100-year flood is the specific streamflow that has a 1% chance in any given year of being equaled or exceeded. That streamflow amount is determined from:
A property in the 100-year floodplain has a 1% chance in any given year of being flooded. Over a 30-year mortgage, that percentage jumps to 26%. As a comparison, only a 5% chance exists that the house will catch fire during that same 30-year period. This is why flood insurance is recommended. Some properties have an even higher risk of flooding since they are in areas where smaller, more frequent storms cause damage.