Flooding

January 29, 2014--Uncertainty a big hurdle in Colorado climate planning (Climate Central)

The scope of the natural disasters has been devastating. In 2012, during one of the heights of a dry spell that has ravaged the state since 2002, the High Park Fire scorched more than 87,000 acres of foothills near Fort Collins, the state's fourth-largest city. The 18,200-acre Waldo Canyon Fire soon followed, turning Colorado Springs, the state's second-largest city, into a disaster zone.


January 19, 2014--Federal disaster aid for Colorado flooding tops $245 million (North Forty News)

In the few months since heavy rains brought flooding to the area, Colorado survivors have received more than $245 million in federal recovery assistance. More than $214 million has come from disaster grants, flood insurance payments and low-interest disaster loans.


January 18, 2014--Drought, flood & controversy (Grand Junction Free Press)

Colorado experienced a fair amount of tumult and controversy related to water in 2013. We entered the year facing an epic drought, which then dissipated. Epic floods on the Front Range in September inflicted significant damage to water infrastructure. And epic amounts of indignation flared as the U.S.


January 12, 2014--Colorado's flooded farmers, ranchers wait and worry as spring nears (Denver Post)

With Colorado's spring planting just weeks away, this year's early crops are threatened by a shortage of water after last year's late crops drowned in it. The slow response of government agencies tasked to help is proving to be a heavy weight on farmers and ranchers who say they are sinking fast.


January 7, 2014--Drought relief: Flood's slim silver lining (Coloradoan)

For the first time in four years, Northern Colorado is starting a new year completely drought-free. With snowpack and reservoir levels across the northern part of the state at or above their average levels for the start of January, climatologists say Coloradans can point to one major event as the source of drought relief — the devastating fall floods.


January 1, 2014--Federal flood insurance program drowning in debt. Who will pay? (Water World)

Millions of American property owners get flood insurance from the federal government, and a lot of them get a hefty discount. But over the past decade, the government has paid out huge amounts of money after floods, and the flood insurance program is deeply in the red. Congress tried to fix that in 2012 by passing a law to raise insurance premiums.


December 26, 2013--Colorado Legislature to take on rules in wake of historic floods (Coloradoan)

Destruction from September’s floods is prompting proposals that state lawmakers say are aimed at removing bureaucratic obstacles to expedite rebuilding efforts. Some of the proposals haven’t been finalized, but the legislative session that begins next month could see several bills in reaction to one of the worst disasters in state history.


December 23, 2013--Flood grant program to let communities consider rising seas due to climate change (Huff Post)

FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance program, one of the few proactive programs for reducing risks along the coastal United States. The program allows communities to apply for grants to do things like raise homes and businesses above the flood plain.


December 12, 2013--Water Conservation Board donates $175K grant for flood study (Colorado Springs Business Journal)

The Colorado Water Conservation Board contributed a $175,000 grant to assist in studying methods of flood restoration and mitigation for two watersheds in the Pikes Peak region. The study will begin in January and focus on the restoration and protection of the Cheyenne Creek and Upper Fountain Creek watersheds, city officials explained Wednesday in a news release.


November 30, 2013--Boulder County flood losses: 337 structures worth $41M (Boulder Daily Camera)

September's historic flood destroyed a total of 337 structures on 313 properties in Boulder County, representing $41 million in market value, according to newly released data from the Assessor's Office. The county is waiving taxes on those ruined properties for Sept. 13 through the end of the year, meaning taxes won't be levied against a combined total of $12,367,815 in market value.


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