Buy Out Deadline Approaching

Boulder County is currently identifying properties for application in FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). All interested property owners must give intent to apply for the program by April 25 to be eligible. Funds from the HMGP program will be used to acquire, elevate, or structurally retrofit properties that were substantially damaged in the 2013 Flood and are vulnerable to future disasters.

Property acquisition, better known as buyouts, is the most well known function of the HMGP program. In this portion of the program, funds are

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The Travel Gals

By Kate Kerr
Lyons Volunteers work hard, and get hungry and thirsty. Some actually skip lunch to finish up their projects. Water bottles and lunch vouchers for seven dollars off a meal anywhere in town are generously provided, but clearing debris, shoveling, cleaning, etc., can make volunteers wistful for a soda and snacks.

Kristin Devendorf and eleven-year old Madison, of Superior, were anxious to find ways to help after the flood. The Town of Lyons’ insurance

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Lyons Flood Support Group, Renter Education, Plus A Free Lunch

By Meg Waters
A month ago, this column covered a Boulder-based support group called “After the Flood: You are Not Alone.” The meetings have been so successful that the program has extended to include groups in Lyons and Longmont. The Lyons flood support group started last week; it meets on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Community Building, 335 Railroad Avenue. The Longmont group meets on

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BoCo Issues Floodplain Management Report

The Boulder County Transportation Department, as a required function of its participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System, has issued its annual progress report for the Floodplain Management Plan. 

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Report Potential Emergency Flood Hazards To 911

Lyons resident Larry Quinn, who lives along the banks of the South St. Vrain River, sent a “pointed” letter to the Boulder County Commissioners concerning the lack of debris removal along the river, and the potential it caused for downstream flooding during the spring run-off (see his

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Grant Money For Lyons Businesses

On Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, the Lyons Economic Development Commission, the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Development Center will host a two-part grant seminar for Lyons business owners (for profit, non profit, home businesses, agricultural businesses, property managers, and HOAs) that suffered substantial harm from the September flood, and continue to have unmet

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Residents are Eligible to Participate

Dear Editor,

We are contacting you as researchers at the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado. We recently launched an internet-based survey for survivors of the Colorado 2013 floods living in or near Boulder, Longmont, Lyons or Estes Park. We are interested in the impact of the floods on community members’ well-being, and hope that

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You Don't Hear their Stories

Dear Editor:

On March 31, five Boulder County mayors gathered in Lyons to commemorate the second Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. These officials joined 1,760 mayors from across the country to recognize the

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Cycling Restricted In Lefthand

Lefthand Canyon from U.S. 36 to James Canyon, and James Canyon to Balarat Road will be closed to cyclists seven days per week until May 1, while crews remove major debris hazards from the area before spring runoff and continue road construction.

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BOT Approves Recovery Actions

By Amy Reinholds
Everyone who worked on project development guide documents on the Housing Recovery Working Group in February and March should know how their ideas have been assigned to town boards, commissions and other groups. If you want to participate in the work that is going on with the responsible board,

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AARP Colorado and FEMA encourage residents to be prepared

AARP Colorado and officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency say everyone is at risk for spring flooding, but too many people remain unprotected. Just a few inches of water can cause severe damage and threaten human wellbeing.

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Emergency warning sirens to be tested beginning April 7

Boulder County and the City of Boulder will begin audible testing of the countywide emergency sirens at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 7. The test is the first of the monthly emergency audible siren tests, which take place each year on the first Monday of each month from April through August.

The audible siren tests will occur twice on each testing day, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., on April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4.

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Time Is Running Out!

Only twenty-three days left before planting! The Lyons Lions Club “Adopt a Tree” program gives local citizens the chance to have a vested interest in the beautiful new trees to grace our town.  With local people

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“No Roof Left Behind” Winner

Last Friday morning (March 28) Apple Valley resident Anna McGuire was the recipient of a free roof, courtesy of Advanced Exteriors out of Denver, and the “No Roof Left Behind” program. This is a nationwide program

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Future Flood Preparedness Counseling/Workshop

By Mary Catherine York
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” - Soren Kierkegaard  
As we have moved back home, or are still struggling to get back home, it is easy to move forward with

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Nine Reasons To Not Volunteer

By Kate Kerr
Every Wednesday and Saturday, Lyons Volunteers meet at 9 a.m., at Rogers Hall (Fourth Avenue and High Street). Volunteers are efficiently organized into teams, equipped, and deployed to assist with prioritized

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Adventure Film Fest A Big Success

The Lyons Adventure Film Fest fundraiser drew more than two hundred people to Oskar Blues in Lyons Saturday, March 22, and raised more than $7700 for the Lyons’ Parks & Rec Department.

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Counties Still Working To Remove Flood Debris

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Phillips and Jordan, Inc. have completed the debris removal process along the flooded-impacted highways. Altogether, crews picked up in excess of 120,000 pounds of debris, but the total count has not yet been finalized. Although CDOT has completed its debris removal process,

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Call For Flood Claims And Case Managers

Edward Kean, who is heading up coordination of many of the town’s flood-recovery projects, is now looking for a different kind of volunteers: Lyons homeowners who believe the flood insurance settlement they’ve been offered by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is insufficient.

Some people whose NFIP-insured homes were severely damaged believe the settlement number they received is both lower than the policy’s coverage level and significantly below the cost of repairs. To help folks in this situation, Kean is in

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Flood of Opportunity

GUEST EDITORIAL

I think everyone knows that the Town of Lyons and our surrounding community was changed forever in the flood of September 12.  Those few days brought immediate devastation to a significant percentage of the community, as well as shutting down the town for a couple of months. No one was untouched. Unfortunately, though many were not

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Poetry Corner - March 27, 2014

In My Backyard

By Emilyn Inglis

I tell you what nobody wants in their backyard--
a natural disaster, that’s what.
Not in my backyard
Not in my town
Not in my most precious peaceful places,
green and rippling and heavenly.

I like to believe that when the leaves bud and blossom
the millions of scattered river rounded rocks
will roll back to their homes,
where they belong.
Maybe that’s what those rocks wish, too--
to return to the places they knew best,
where the water made its old familiar sound.

It’s not just rocks who’ve lost their homes.
Even those of us lucky enough to have returned
Find it irreconcilably different.
I feel an open wound, wanting so badly to
get everything back to normal and erase the damage.
How much more must those people
Unceremoniously peeled from their homes half a year go,
Wish to return to a taste of normalcy.
I
can
relate.

We can’t erase the flood.
We didn’t ask for change, but we got it.
It’s here.
I’ll tell you what I DO want in my backyard:
The peace of mind and heart that come from interdependence.
Helping people return home.
And knowing that when I’m down,
a whole town full of people won’t let me stay down.
Y.I.M.B.Y.
YES in my backyard.

Trauma Resolution Therapy Available In Lyons

Two Boulder psychotherapists in private practice, Linda Weber, M.A. and April Pojman, M.A., will offer low cost Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma resolution therapy in Lyons to flood-impacted residents. EMDR is a

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IRS Gives Colorado Flood Victims More Time to Claim Disaster Losses

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed an announcement from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that Colorado victims of last year’s catastrophic floods will have more time to decide when to claim disaster losses. Individuals

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HRTF Presentation To The Board of Trustees

By Amy Reinholds
The Housing Recovery Task Force (HRTF) presented updates to the Lyons Board of Trustees at a workshop on March 17. The Board of Trustees directed the task force to focus now on recovery option 2: replacement housing minus households not returning (approximately 35-50 homes) and option 3: replacement housing equal to housing lost in the flood (a maximum of approximately 90-100 homes). The Board encouraged the Task Force to make sure to include the

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F3T Sold Out!

Michael Clark of South Creek Ltd., here in Lyons is pleased to announce the special F3T fundraising event at Oskar Blues on Monday, March 24, is sold out! F3T stands for “Fly Fishing Film Tour,” and the special showing of the 2014 film will be just a small part of the evening festivities. There will also be musical entertainment, a silent auction for some

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Mental Health Resources For All

By Meg Waters
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six months since the flood. The shock of the experience still feels fresh sometimes. I should say that I was not severely impacted. I evacuated, but I never feared for my life. I didn’t lose my house, my car, or any other property except some food in the freezer and refrigerator. But whenever I talk about the experience, I get emotional. For people who are still feeling psychological effects of the flood, some good resources are available.

One that has been in place since last fall is a program offering vouchers for mental health services. Provided by the Foothills Flood Relief Fund at Foothills United Way, the vouchers are available to everyone living in the mountain communities of Boulder

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Next Steps For Lyons Replacement Housing

By Amy Reinholds
The Replacement Housing Options meeting last Saturday at Rogers Hall had a very good turnout, and public input is being compiled. If you missed the meeting, materials will be available at the Housing Recovery Task Force (HRTF) web page at http://www.lyonsrecovery.com/housing-task-force.html.

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Tie a Yellow Ribbon Lyons

Dear Lyons Community,
If you happen to notice yellow ribbons about the town of Lyons, they stand for remembrance of those who have yet to return to their homes here in town.  You might see them tied to the entrance to Riverbend and Foothills mobile home

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Link to get Up-to-date Snowpack Info

With the upcoming concerns regarding spring runoff, people have been inquiring where to get up-to-date snowpack data.  This link will take you directly to the Natural Resources Conservation Service Natural Resources Conservation Services Snotel (automated snow survey sites) daily data.

When accessing the link scroll to the South Platte River Basin.

Good News, Bad News, Good News

Officials from Boulder County and the Boulder County of Office of Emergency Management held a meeting at LifeBridge Church in Longmont Monday night (March 10) to update residents on the potential threat posed by the spring snowmelt, and to advise them how to prepare and mitigate for the threat of reflooding. Boulder County Flood Recovery Manager Gary Sanfacon and Mike Chard of the Boulder County Office of

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Second Ave. Bridge - Closure March 17 thru April 17

The bridge at Second Avenue in Lyons will be closed for approximately one month for temporary repairs that will allow access to both lanes of the bridge by May 1.

During construction, no vehicles, including golf carts, will be allowed on the bridge. All vehicles must use the McConnell Bridge to access Lyons

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Financial Resources Still Available For Flood-Impacted

By Meg Waters
For individuals and families who are still displaced, for those who are struggling to pay bills, have pressing housing needs, or are grappling with other basic “human services” issues in the wake of the September flooding, a lot of resources are available. But

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Replacement Housing Options Public Meeting

By Amy Reinholds
The Housing Recovery Task Force (HRTF) will hold a “Replacement Housing Options” meeting is this Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at Rogers Hall.Community House (Second Avenue, next to the entrance to Bohn Park). The meeting is in an open-house format, and gives the public an opportunity to learn about parcels of land that are possible options for replacement housing in Lyons.

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US36 March 1-8 Flood Reconstruction Schedule

Saturday, March 1: Stops of 30 minutes
Sunday, March 2: No work scheduled at this time.
Monday, March 3 through Friday, March 7 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Stops of 15 minutes

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Get Involved And Get Help For Housing Recovery

By Amy Reinholds
Housing Recovery Working Group proposed goals and projects

At the Lyons Community Planning Exchange meeting on Wednesday, February 19, all the recovery working groups presented ideas that have come up in our four weeks of discussion.

The Housing Recovery Working Group is defining project proposals including developing a sustainable housing vision that increases

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Desperately Seeking Homeowner

Boulder couple has recently renovated two-bedroom ranch house they would like to donate to a Lyons resident/family in need. Recipient must have foundation, homeowner will deliver. Call Ed at (303) 823-6622, during the day if interested. This offer is time sensitive.  

Boulder residents David Wolf and his wife Norie Kizaki, like many people who live in the area, have been shocked and saddened over the devastation that was wrought on the residents of Lyons during the September floods. Particularly those in the hardest hit

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Unravelin’ With Kristina Murray

By Lyons Bluesologist, David McIntrye

Kristina Murray moved to Boulder in 2007, after growing up in and around Atlanta Georgia. She began attending local jam sessions and bluegrass picks as often as possible and soon had people encouraging her to write songs and perform solo. Her first time on stage was 2009, and I remember the first time I heard that honey-soaked voice at one of our tributes to Gram

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BoCo Intends To Acquire “Buy Out” Funding

As part of flood recovery efforts, Boulder County officials have announced they will apply for funds from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Funds from the program will be used to acquire, elevate or structurally retrofit properties that were substantially damaged in

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What Is Community Recovery Planning?

By Rebecca Louzan
Community Recovery Planning is an inclusive process that does three things. First, it helps disaster-impacted communities, such as Lyons, identify the issues they face and want to address. It then provides a framework for developing solutions to address those issues. Finally, it provides a vehicle for building consensus around the best-proposed solutions.

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FAQs About FEMA And HUD Grants

By Amy Reinholds

Lyons Planner Rosi Dennett has been meeting with landowners whose homes were damaged by the flood. Here are some frequently asked questions about two forms of federal grant money that can be available: one from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and one from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The source of these FAQs is the Boulder County

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Local Agencies Partner to Bring Jamestown Residents Home

It has been five months since the rains first poured over Colorado, and the world stopped for residents who watched their possessions wash away.  Since that time, life has moved on for many survivors, able to return home and slowly rebuild what was lost.

 In the small mountain community of Jamestown, though, severe infrastructure damage caused by the Colorado floods continues to keep many residents out.  This week, 17 Jamestown families will begin receiving 1,650-gallon cisterns purchased by the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army that will enable the families to return to living full-time in their Jamestown homes.

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Boulder Flood Recovery Center Moves

The Boulder Flood Recovery Center is moving to its own space in Rembrandt Yard, at 1301 Spruce Street (Garden Level) in Boulder, beginning on Monday, January 6. The hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and be contacted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling (303) 441-1705. This center is designed to

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PACE Provide Relief Grants to Educators

In the wake of the recent flooding in Colorado, the Professional Association of Colorado Educators (PACE), the state’s fastest growing non-union association for teachers, rallied to support students and teachers in flood damaged areas.

To meet the many requests from educators, PACE enacted a special fund to provide teachers in affected areas with $100 classroom grants. Teachers were able to use these grants to

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Good News, Bad News

By Joseph Lekarczyk
Date Line: Mon., Sept. 16, 9 p.m.

“I got some good news, and I got some bad news, which do you want to hear first?” We all know how that joke goes so I’ll start with the good news. First, although there are reports of five deaths so far in Boulder County from this disaster, none are from Lyons. Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Nick Goldberger confirmed this to me. He said one hundred percent of the homes within Lyons proper have been visited by either Search & Rescue, Lyons Fire, BoCo Sheriff, or

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