City of Boulder, CO

04/07/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2017 14:09

April 7, 2017- City to Host April 12 Flood Information Open House

Friday, April 7, 2017
Media Contacts:
Ben Irwin, Public Works and Planning, Housing + Sustainability, 303-441-4073
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

City to host April 12 Flood Information Open House

On April 12, the City of Boulder will host an open house where the public can learn how the city's Floodplain Management Program is reducing the community's flood risk along major drainageways, provide feedback on several projects and discover how to prepare for a flood.

The Flood Information Open House will be Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Boulder High School Library (1604 Arapahoe Ave.).

At the open house, city staff will seek input from the community on several flood mitigation opportunities, including for Upper Goose Creek; Twomile Canyon Creek; and Skunk Creek, Bluebell Canyon Creek, and King's Gulch.

The open house will also feature opportunities for the pubic to learn more about:

  • How the city manages flood risk through the Floodplain Management Program.
  • The city's Emergency Management Plan to prepare for floods and flash flooding.
  • Boulder's vulnerability to natural hazards and how the city is raising awareness, reducing risk, and working with agency partners to increase community safety and preparedness (Multi-Hazard Mitigation).
  • Flood mitigation planning and current improvement projects, like Gregory Canyon Creek and Wonderland Creek.
  • Steps homeowners can take to prepare for floods.
  • Requirements that help reduce flood risk for the city's critical facilities, which include places such as schools, day cares, senior care facilities, police and fire stations, and other essential services, as well as hazardous materials facilities.
  • How the city maintains high quality drinking water.

The City of Boulder has the highest flood risk in Colorado, primarily due to its location at the mouth of Boulder Canyon and other canyon creeks. The city has developed a comprehensive flood management program designed to identify and mitigate the risks of flooding, minimize loss of life and property damage, and support recovery following a major flood. Major components of the city's flood management program include mapping, mitigation master planning and construction, property acquisition, and flood protection through land use regulations and flood preparedness.

More information is available at