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History of the Warning System#

Rainfall gauges were installed as part of the flood warning system after the 1997 flood.

After the devastating 1997 flood, the City applied for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Through a $250,000 grant, the City developed and installed the first stage of a comprehensive Flood Warning System. Gauges began operating in June 1999. In 2000, the system was significantly expanded using another $60,000 FEMA grant and allocations from the Fort Collins Utilities stormwater budget.

The system has continued to expand and now includes partnerships with other City departments who use the data for various purposes.

Learn more about flooding in Fort Collins.