|Time & Date Posted||Updated Information|
Jun 1 2011
Please note the "FLOOD MAPS" link at the top of this page. Click on it to view the FEMA Flood Plain maps for the Poudre and Big Thompson Rivers and please note the explanation of these maps under "Overview".
May 27 2011
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GUIDE
The Larimer County Emergency Preparedness Guide can be linked by clicking here. This document has information on the Sheriff's Department, Homeland Security , wild animal issues and the like but more to the point, there is also a natural hazards section which, among many other things, talks about flooding and what to do afterward (pg. 19-21 in the data file). Please also note the preparedness equipment which you should have as discussed in the section o
Larimer County has sand bags but must retain them for use in protecting county infrastructure and for distribution to the county's municipalities in emergent circumstances when none are available otherwise. Sand may be delivered to critical areas based on historical need and exposure to threat so citizens can have access for filling their own bags. However, no specific locations have been identified for delivery over and above one location where sand has been made available. Ordinary quantities for a small number of bags can be secured by visiting retail sand and gravel operations in the Loveland - Fort Collins area.
Larimer County has sand bags but must retain them for use in protecting county infrastructure and for distribution to the county's municipalities in emergent circumstances when none are available otherwise. Sand may be delivered to critical areas based on historical need and exposure to threat so citizens can have access for filling their own bags. However, no specific locations have been identified for delivery over and above one location where sand has been made available. Ordinary quantities for a small number of bags can be secured by visiting retail sand and gravel operations in the Loveland - Fort Collins area such as LaFarge or Pioneer Sand & Gravel .
Sandbags are also available at some retail outlets in the area. The following is not an all inclusive list and if anyone would like to contact me at this email address, I will gladly add any available retail or wholesale suppliers to the following:
Home Depot in Fort Collins
Jax - Loveland and Fort Collins
Pioneer Sand & Gravel
Downtown Ace Hardware, Ft. Collins
Poudre Valley Coop, Fort Collins
Fulton-Denver Company - a Denver wholesaler (1,000 minimum @.30/ea plus delivery charges)
Location San Diego, CA
Central Bag and Burlap
Netway Packaging Corp
PREFILLED SANDBAGS - palletized and delivered
Progressive Packaging and Sales
Once you have your bags and sand, what now? Consult the following site for pretty good instructions and guidelines: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ageng/safety/ae626.pdf. If you are without a computer (even though you are reading this on one) and would like a 4 page hard copy, please drop by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office and ask for the Emergency Manager, Erik Nilsson or email me at this address and I will send you one.
BIG THOMPSON AND POUDRE FLOW RATES
There are a number of sites on the internet which show flows of the various rivers in Colorado by gauge height and cubic feet per second (cfs). Generally, once you get used to it, paying attention to the "cfs" gives a little bit better feel for how much the river is up or down. I include here only a few sites you may visit in order to check things for yourself and would invite you to surf the net for as many more as you wish to find. I will be updating the emergency information page on river activity in cfs so you might want to acquaint yourselves with the following:
Big Thompson at Canyon Mouth (which fluctuates a good deal depending on releases from Olympus Dam at Estes and water being withdrawn or put back in within the Big Thompson Project management system): http://www.dwr.state.co.us/Surfacewater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=BTCANYCO&MTYPE=DISCHRG2
Cache La Poudre at the Mouth: http://www.dwr.state.co.us/Surfacewater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=CLAFTCCO&MTYPE=DISCHRG
General site for Poudre with ,e.g., Big Thompson and others on the menu on the right hand side: http://www.dwr.state.co.us/Surfacewater/data/district.aspx?div=1&dist=3
You can also access real time flow data on your telephone by dialing "Water Talk" at 303-831-7135. Choose Division One and then select 13# for the Big Thompson at the Canyon Mouth, or 10# for above Lake Estes, 18# for the Poudre at Fort Collins or 19# at the mouth of the Canyon. A vast number of additional menu items for specific sites in divisions here and around the state are available by accessing the Water Talk site on the internet.
Information provided by the Emergency Management Office