Flooding

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.


November 17, 2013--Dams, diversion damage lingers (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state is working on repairing a projected $2 billion damage to infrastructure caused by flooding in September. While roads, homes and other buildings were lost to raging waters, mainly in the northern part of the state, there was also severe damage to water structures.


November 13, 2013--Americans back greenhouse gas cuts from power plants - and what's up with Utah? (USA Today)

The vast majority of Americans in each of 40-plus states surveyed say global warming is real, serious and man-made, and the concerns tend to be slightly higher in coastal or drought-stricken areas, says an analysis out today. 


November 12, 2013--Report on climate change depicts a planet in peril (Los Angeles Times)

Climate change will disrupt not only the natural world but also society, posing risks to the world's economy and the food and water supply and contributing to violent conflict, an international panel of scientists says. The warnings came in a report drafted by the United Nations-backed


November 9, 2013--Will Obama's climate preparation order force flood planners into the future? (High Country News)

It's been over a month since rain-swollen creeks tore through roads and flooded homes in Colorado's Front Range. While the camera crews have long since gone home, the disaster isn't over for families who suffered property damage. Of the 20,000 single-family homes in the Boulder area, only 3,504 had flood insurance in one of the highest ratios in Colorado.


November 7, 2013--Warming report sees dangerous future (Durango Herald)

Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies.