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From Sept. 9-16, 2013, Colorado experienced one of its most extreme rainfall and flood events in recorded history.
The storm triggered the activation of Fort Collins' Emergency Operations Center, while the City Manager issued an Emergency Declaration on the morning of September 13. For several counties in Colorado, the event resulted in both Presidential and State of Colorado Disaster Declarations.
Certain locations in Fort Collins received up to 12 inches of rain, causing the largest flood occurrence on the Poudre River since 1930.
The above footage was taken by Joel Cirillo on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 as crews from Fort Collins and Estes Park worked together to restore power to the town of Glen Haven.
About a mile of wire was spliced and connected over three days as the crews restored power on Friday, October 11 to over 300 residents.
To volunteer or donate:
- Residents inside Larimer County, call 211
- Residents outside Larimer County call
- Visit helpcoloradonow.org
- Flood Assistance Resources >>
- Health & Safety >>
- Debris Management >>
The recent flood event on the Poudre River has substantially increased the amount of debris within the river corridor. City crews are currently working to clear debris (primarily woody debris and sediment) on public property and on public rights of way.
Flood debris will be removed in cases where the debris is creating a hazard for life safety, health, general welfare, and where the debris is a threat to public infrastructure. It has not yet been determined how much debris must be removed and how long debris removal operations will continue.
- Larimer County Landfill
- Contact your private trash hauler regarding special instructions on the pick-up of flood debris
Additional information on debris management:
- Repair of Damaged Buildings in the Floodplain >>
Prior to beginning any repairs, all buildings located in the mapped
100-year floodplain are required to obtain a floodplain use permit and complete the Substantial Damage documentation requirements which include:
- Substantial Damage Review Requirements (PDF 50KB)
- Owner's Affidavit (PDF 11KB)
- Contractor's Affidavit (PDF 13KB)
- Damage Evaluation Form (PDF 86KB)
Call 221-6700 for questions or assistance in completing the necessary permit forms.
- After a Flood: Home & Business Resources >>
- After a Flood: The First Steps
- After the Flood Fact Sheet
- Insurance: Road to Recovery
- FEMA's Individuals and Households Program — a guide for applicants
- Re-entering your flooded home
- Returning Home After a Disaster — Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Flood water after a disaster
- Indoor Air Quality Tips — Español
- Maps >>
- Volunteers/Donations >>
United Way 2-1-1
Larimer County United Way 2-1-1 manages a large database for those requesting volunteer aid and also registers those willing to volunteer. To request aid, or to volunteer your services for aid in Larimer County contact:
- 970-407-7066, local
- 866-485-0211, toll-free number
- The American Red Cross, 1-800-RED-CROSS (designate Colorado chapters)
- The Salvation Army, 970-207-4472
- The Larimer Humane Society, 970-226-3647
- The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, 970-224-3462
- Visit helpcoloradonow.org