Tips and Resources
Flash Flood Awareness & Tips
Flood waters is a coast-to-coast threat. Be proactive and educated on what to do before, during and after a flood.
The Front Range of Colorado has experienced a large-scale rain event and damaging floods in many areas. Boulder Creek did not run over the so-called “100-year” level but many smaller creeks have. Other hard hit areas include Jamestown, Longmont, Lyons, The Big Thompson Canyon and many communities to the East. Also, many small communities in the mountains and particularly those affected by recent wildfires have large damages. Some areas can be described as wiped out. The initial rescue and recovery effort is still underway. Access is very limited. Please help your neighbors if you have resources to do so. This link shows updates: Boulder Emergency Operations – https://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status/
Driving Into Flood Waters
The majority of flood-related deaths are caused by people attempting to drive through moving water.
This interactive segment explains the most common ways people die in these situations.
Average U.S. Flood Deaths (NOAA)
2013-2017 = 114
2008-2012 = 77
2003-2007 = 75
When it rains it pours:
Localized Flood Water Mitigation & Damage Restoration Resources
Arizona Branch: All DYW water damage restoration experts are trained and certified for all sizes of flood mitigation and restoration.
For those needing immediate emergency cleanup in Phoenix, Arizona, the water damage and flood restoration service pros are available at your door in less than 1 hour to help mitigate standing water and begin the flood restoration process.
- Public Entity Risk Institute
- The Natural Hazards Center
- United States Geological Survey
- City of Boulder
- Colorado Water Conservation Board
- Jefferson County
- University of Colorado, Boulder
- Urban Drainage and Flood Control District
- City of Austin
- City of Dallas
- Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
- Harris County Flood Control District
- Lower Colorado River Authority
- San Antonio River Authority
- Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation
- Clark County Regional Flood Control
District (Las Vegas)
- Austin American Statesman
- San Antonio Express News
- Houston Chronicle
- Channel KHOU – Houston
- Channel KVUE
- Channel Fox7 – Austin
- Channel News8 – Austin
- Channel KSAT – San Antonio
- Channel WOAI – San Antonio
- Arrowhead Film and Video
- KCNC News 4 Denver
- HDR Engineering
- Warren Miller Entertainment
- Chimera Lighting
- Colin Farrell Photography
- Kinkos of Boulder
- Easton, Pennsylvania
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Dr. Gilbert White
- Dr. Eve Gruntfest
- Raymond Slade
- Dr. Jack Sheaffer
- David Conrad
What our readers say
A flood can be scary, but try to stay calm. The most important thing is to keep your family safe and be prepared to act before, during and after flooding.
Standard homeowners insurance generally doesn't cover damage caused by a flood.
Flood deaths are increasing. Don't take any chances, and turn around instead of deciding to drive through high waters.
See our flood hazard maps for Boulder, Colorado here: www.boulderfloods.org
Assessing your flood risk, is the first step to protecting your property. Provided flood maps are interactive and a great resource to see if buying flood insurance is a wise choice. Be proactive, prevent damage and learn how you can clean up during or after a flood.