Call Center Activated for Heil Valley Ranch Prescribed Burn Oct. 25, 26, & 27

Boulder County Parks and Open Space and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program are conducting a prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch Open Space (near U.S. 36 and Lefthand Canyon Road) beginning Saturday, Oct. 25 and lasting up to five days, weather

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Leaf Hires Advocate To Help Homeowners In Permitting And Rebuilding Process

By Janaki Jane
Every Lyons resident knows about what the Colorado Spirit team hears a lot: how frustrated  Confluence residents and folks along Apple Valley and Old South St.Vrain can be about permitting and regulations for rebuilding. Starting two weeks ago, Lyons homeowners have an experienced flood plain engineer to help them apply for and navigate the

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Public Meetings Planned To Update Flood Recovery Efforts

With the reconstruction of US 36 nearing completion, geotechnical surveying crews getting ready to start and planning efforts just beginning for US 34 and  SH 7, the Colorado Department of Transportation is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the

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What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
Kelly Clarkson’s song tells us “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” It’s not what we want to hear maybe, but it seems to hit the mark about last year’s flood. It just keeps on giving, in the wrong way, doesn’t it? It keeps on pushing us further into having to

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Birdhouses & Gifts Bags To Confluence Residents

By Robin Lyons, Colorado Spirit, and Rev. Emily Flemming, Lyons Community Church
The turnout was excellent for the first Project: KIDS on Saturday, October 11. Rogers Hall was filled with five adults, a handful of parents, and around twenty kids from ages 3½ to 12. The kids alternated between multiple craft stations, games, and singing.

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Supporting The Recovery Effort

CEMEX USA, a building materials company and an active member of the Lyons community since 1969,  earlier this week announced several corporate donations to support the following local flood reconstruction initiatives.

CEMEX donated $7,500 to Lyons Community Foundation for their “Rebuild Lyons” program, which was established to provide

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VASH program has helped reduced homelessness for Boulder County veterans by 40%

As many as 25 additional homeless veterans in Boulder County will soon receive stable housing as a result of a new funding award from the federal government.
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has given the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS) the

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Losing Our Sense Of Place

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
As the Colorado Spirit team talks with people in and around Lyons and up both canyons, we hear a lot about loss. Sometimes we talk to people who lost their homes and their possessions, cutting them off from their pasts; more often we talk to people who

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New Support For Displaced Households

By Emily Dusel

The Situation:
Lyons was hard-hit by the floods in September 2013.  Two hundred and eleven residential properties were damaged or destroyed, accounting for about twenty percent of the Town’s housing stock. There are still nearly one hundred households displaced from

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Replacement Housing Workshop Well Attended

The Town of Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT) held a workshop on the thorny issue of replacement housing Monday night. Knowing that there is a lot of, shall we say, “interest” in this particular subject, the powers

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Citizen Group Looks For Say In Use Of Parks For Housing

A group of concerned Lyons residents has recently formed a group that is seeking a public vote on the possible use of the town’s parks and open space for replacement housing. The Save Our Parks and Open

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Project: KIDS - Caring For Our Neighbors

By Janaki Jane & Emily Flemming
Almost twenty kids aged 3 to 12, are already signed up for the first meeting of Project: KIDS, an opportunity for younger children to give back to their community post-disaster. Each of the monthly meetings of this new organization will have a theme that the

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Let’s Talk About That Pesky Survivor’s Guilt

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
Note: Starting this week, I invite you to join in a conversation on the Facebook page One Year Strong (www.facebook.com/oneyearstrong) about the topics raised in these columns.

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Getting Used to “Recovery Normal”

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
Somehow, the one year mark of any important event changes things. Whether it’s a one year old’s birthday, a year since getting fired, or one year since a disaster changed life, knowing that a year has

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Lyons Businesses Get Some “Skin” In The Game

Everyone knows that small locally owned businesses are the backbone and lifeblood of any community. A while back, Lyons Physical Therapy owner Bronwyn Muldoon, after hearing countless tales from her patients about the challenges they were facing trying to rebuild their homes and lives after the September flood, started trying to come up with a way that she and some of the

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Lyons Garden Club's "Plant it Forward" Project Begins

The Lyons Garden Club completed its first “Plant it Forward” project this past Sunday afternoon (September 7). The group installed perennials at a Lyons residence, whose yard had been damaged from last year’s flood. After weeding and amending the soil, a varity of flowers were planted, and the damaged area was completely transformed to a beautiful flower garden! Many of

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Thank you from the Bottom of Our Hearts

As the one-year anniversary of the September flood approaches, we at the Lyons Recorder wish to thank all of those people who helped keep the paper afloat during a most difficult time.

Thanks go out to all of our contributors who submit articles, photos, and columns, your contributions make this paper truly a voice of and for the community. To all of our faithful advertisers who continued to advertise with us, even though they had much larger issues to deal with, we can’t thank you enough. To all of our faithful readers and subscribers, thanks for your continued

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Permanent Flood Exhibits And Boland Dedication

By Kathleen Spring
The Lyons Historical Society takes pride in its good reputation of preserving Lyons history. The significant hundred-year flood of September 2013 will have its place in the Lyons Redstone Museum, both in a permanent exhibit, and in the archive of documents, artifacts, and multi-media for future generations to

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Stranded Big Elk Community Bands Together

By Kathleen Spring
The rain began late September 11. The next morning, at 1:01 a.m., Boulder Dispatch sent a “911 tone” to the Big Elk Fire Department to respond to a 911 Rescue Call on Larimer County Road 47 (CR 47) close to

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Weaken The Triggers And Strengthen The Individual

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
In all natural disasters, around the first year anniversary, there are concerns that survivors will be emotionally re-triggered. Triggers can take many forms. For Lyons residents, those triggers might

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Presentation of Housing Engagement & Visioning To BOT

By Amy Reinholds
Work from a College of Architecture and Planning graduate course at the University of Colorado Denver that addresses post-disaster housing redevelopment engagement and visioning will be presented at a

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Reflections On The Flood

By Julia Herz
Tonight when I see her on the bus I am reminded how I now keep snacks in my office and backpack and purse in a fashion I never would have thought of as logical before. I am reminded how a few hundred people are still not back in their homes or have simply moved away. I am reminded how much the 500 year flood of Lyons, Colorado, rocked our world, and I’m reminded how my feelings out of necessity have been pushed aside for a later time and I guess that time is now.

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Tibetan Monks Bless Lyons and St. Vrain River with Sand Mandala

by Janaki Jane
Hundreds of FolksFest attendees lined up Sunday evening to receive small bags of multicolored sand as a blessing from the Tibetan Buddhist monks

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Letter to the Editor: Town Hug

Hi everyone,
Many of you know that for the past eleven months I have been working on what I called a “town hug” to commemorate Lyons recovery. This whole thing was born on the Channel 9 afternoon show one week after the flood. I was on air with Host Kim Christiansen when I brought up the idea of a town hug to show solidarity on our

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Lyons Politicians Tackle Flood Insurance Deadline

By Meg Waters
Some of our local politicians are working to convince FEMA to extend deadlines that essentially prohibit homeowners affected by last September’s flood from filing a lawsuit against the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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What Does “Public Engagement” Mean For Housing Recovery In Lyons?

By Amy Reinholds
Thanks to CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning graduate students and faculty, the Housing Recovery Task Force (HRTF) will have guidance about ways that the Town of Lyons can engage the public and work to reach agreement in the community so that the town’s trustees can move forward on housing recovery decisions.  

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The Flood Is Over, Now What?

Working Through Today’s Issues And Preparing For The Future

By Andrea Pappas Merrill
Many seniors in Boulder County were affected by the floods last September. Some suffered damage to their homes, while others experienced major property damage. Though the physical losses were great,

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Flood-impacted residents may be eligible for CDBG-DR funding

Boulder County has been awarded a first-round sum of more than $5 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This money

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Conversations on ‘Building Resilience into our Communities’ scheduled throughout Boulder County

The Long-Term Flood Recovery Group (LTFRG) is partnering with the City of Boulder, Boulder County, Lyons, Jamestown, Longmont, nonprofits, the education and business community and faith based groups to launch BoCo Strong – a series of community conversations to help Boulder County strengthen its resilience following last year's floods.

Read more: Conversations on ‘Building Resilience into our Communities’ scheduled throughout Boulder County

How Grand Forks Survived & Thrived

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
Some may remember that the Red River Valley of the North, in North Dakota and Minnesota, flooded terribly in the spring of 1997. Grand Forks, North Dakota, a city of over 50,000 people, had 130,000 cubic feet second of water rushing through it. Much like the Town of Lyons, over 90% of the population was evacuated.

Read more: How Grand Forks Survived & Thrived

2014 Mr. & Mrs Good Old Days

Thank you Lyons Flood Heroes!

We thank you for your bravery, compassion, and resilience during the September 2013 flood.
You make Lyons proud!

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A Team Effort

Representatives from the Colorado Rockies where in town Tuesday morning to join with Oskar Blues Can’d AID project to present Town of Lyons Parks & Recreation Supervisor Dave Cosgrove with checks totaling

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Flood Damage And Repair To Water Systems Shown On Boulder County Water Tour

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
Boulder County is fortunate. Boulder County has three river drainages that are sources of native water; that is, water from within the watershed. This native water allows agriculture to flourish and the residents of Boulder and Longmont to have green lawns. However, this good fortune became bad fortune last September. The days long roaring of these rivers blew out ditch headgates and damaged reservoirs. This threatened both thousands of acres of farmland and municipal water supplies.

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Prepare For Natural Disasters By Safeguarding Tax Records

With the start of hurricane season this week, the Internal Revenue Service encourages individuals and businesses to safeguard their records against natural disasters (including floods and wild fires) by taking a few simple steps.

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Hams Needed

By John O’Brien
During the September flood, the ability to communicate from and to emergency responders was severely limited. Similar conditions have existed during wildfires and floods in this and other parts of the state. Electricity is often out. Telephones and the Internet are down.

Read more: Hams Needed

A REALLY BIG Thank You To The Students At Eagle Crest Elementary School In Longmont

Dear Editor,
This past week the Lyons Garden Club received a big surprise, a check from Eagle Crest Elementary School in the amount of $956! I decided that a simple Thank-you note wasn’t enough for this amazing show of kindness, so I called the school’s secretary, Karen Silveria, to get information on how this gift came about!

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Lyons Adopt-A-Tree Project - The Power of Volunteerism

By Sally Van Meter
Here in the town of Lyons, many of you have noticed the new tree plantings here in town along Main Street, Lyons Firehouse, and near the Lyons Post Office. Sponsored by the Lyons Lions Club, in partnership with the Lyons Ecology Board,

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Boulder Chamber To Recognize Lyons Women

The Boulder Chamber and the Business Women’s Leadership Group (BWLG) annually honor women who have made significant contributions through innovations and a committed effort to address a meaningful business or community need, locally, regionally, nationally, or globally. This year at their 19th annual Women Who Light The Community dinner on

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Financial Planning Help, Free of Charge

By Meg Waters
If you’re having difficulty paying your bills, whether because of the flood or not, there’s a county program designed to help you map out the best path forward. The housing and financial counseling program from Boulder County Housing and Human Services enables residents to meet with a financial counselor for free.

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Governor Coming Back To Lyons

Governor John Hickenlooper will visit Lyons on Saturday, May 17, to officially sign into law, a bill that recently passed the Colorado Legislature, which will provide financial relief from property taxes for homes that were destroyed by natural causes and are no longer inhabitable.

Lyons Mayor John O’Brien will introduce the Governor and other honored guests. The bill signing ceremony will take place in the Confluence Neighborhood at the corner of Evans and Fourth Avenue (near where the former pedestrian bridge crossed the river), at approximately 1 p.m.

The Fabric of Community and Accepting Help

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit

The Lyons & Environs Colorado Spirit Team listens to stories of area residents’ experiences of the flood on a daily basis. Recently, these stories have brought to mind another story: one about a Thanksgiving tradition some families have. They give thanks for all of the people that brought them their Thanksgiving feast. It takes a while. For instance, to give thanks for the turkey, they thank both the farmer who raised it and the farmers who raised the feed. They thank all those who

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Alternative Spring Break In Flood-Ravaged Lyons

By Don Moore
People from all over the country have come to the aid of Lyons, and they all have their own stories. Last month, seventeen college students from Missouri University of Science and Technology traded their spring break beach vacations for a week of doing good works for Coloradans still recovering from September’s

Read more: Alternative Spring Break In Flood-Ravaged Lyons

St. Vrain Restoration Master Planning Process Begins

As part of long-term flood recovery, Boulder County has hired consultant Michael Baker Jr., Inc. to complete a master plan for the St. Vrain Creek watershed, which includes South St. Vrain Creek, North St. Vrain Creek, and the main stem of St. Vrain Creek to the confluence with Boulder Creek.

Read more: St. Vrain Restoration Master Planning Process Begins

LHS Athletes join us for the "Blue Line"

Dear Lyons Community,

The 18th Annual Lyons Community Barbecue will be held at Lyons High School before the first conference home football game on Friday, September 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., with kick-off time at 7 p.m. It was not planned this way, and was only by chance that this date happens to be the one-year anniversary of the devastating flood

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Fixing Trauma And Stress: We Can Feel better

By Janaki Jane
Maybe you’ve noticed it, since the flood: you’re not sleeping as well, or your family is a little more irritable, or your neighbors seem overwhelmed. Maybe a friend who used to have one beer now

Read more: Fixing Trauma And Stress: We Can Feel better

Lyons Now Has Its Own Flood Recovery Outreach Team

Colorado Spirit - Mountain Outreach Team

By Janaki Jane
If you haven’t seen the folks in blue around town yet, you will soon. The Lyons area now has its own Colorado Spirit Mountain Outreach Flood Recovery Team. 

So if someone in a blue shirt knocks on your door, or talks to you on Main Street, and asks you: “How are you doing? How were you affected by the flood?” they really are here to help.

Read more: Lyons Now Has Its Own Flood Recovery Outreach Team

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

Read more: The Travel Gals

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

Read more: Lyons Flood Support Group, Renter Education, Plus A Free Lunch

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. 

Read more: BoCo Issues Floodplain Management Report

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 Letter to the Editor). Quinn’s letter got a quick response from Boulder County Flood Recovery Manager Garry Sanfacon, who sent the following press release.

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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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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,

Read more: BOT Approves Recovery Actions

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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“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

Read more: “No Roof Left Behind” Winner

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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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.

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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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.

Read more: Next Steps For Lyons Replacement Housing

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

Read more: Good News, Bad News, Good News

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

Read more: US36 March 1-8 Flood Reconstruction Schedule

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.

Read more: Local Agencies Partner to Bring Jamestown Residents Home

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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