By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
“You have to give people hope,” Debra Lee Pearson says of the residents in Lyons impacted by the floods. Pearson was hired at the beginning of July as the Disaster
Last Updated on Thursday, September 11 2014 08:22Read more: Our Office Is Your Office: Lyons Disaster Recovery Manager Is A Team Player
By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
Headlines announce “Colorado gets another $199 million to spend on flood recovery,” and a lot of us get confused. What does this mean? Where does it come from, what is the money for, and, many might ask, how can I get some?
Last Updated on Thursday, July 31 2014 12:48Read more: What Is CDBG-DR, Why Is It All Over The News, And What Does It Mean For Me?
By Janaki Jane - Colorado Spirit
Colorado Spirit is planning a busy summer of events. The Lyons Youth Summer Series for teens, six more summer events in Allenspark, flood open mics at Oskar Blues, helping to coordinate Lyons One Year Strong flood
Last Updated on Wednesday, July 09 2014 16:37Read more: Colorado Spirit Planning Many Recovery Related Summer Events
By Janaki Jane
The accompanying graph shows, more or less, how individuals and communities commonly respond to disaster over time.
Looking at it, you can see that at eight months after the September floods we are just about at the bottom of that disillusionment trough.
Last Updated on Thursday, June 05 2014 12:16Read more: Finding the sunshine in the grey days
By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
It’s hard enough to have to deal with the aftermath of a disaster as adults, whether it’s fighting insurance companies or driving past debris piles every day. Taking care of kids adds another level of stress and worry. Unfortunately, many children experience disasters every year. Fortunately, this means that many parents before you have found successful ways to deal with their children’s reactions to natural disasters.
Last Updated on Thursday, June 05 2014 09:55Read more: Finding The Smile In Your Child’s Eyes After A Disaster
The May 22 letter written by Robert Brakenridge was encouraging in one way. Robert demonstrates the vital aspect of public engagement in our town’s process as we decide how to tackle the issue of replacement housing in the flood’s aftermath. This is, unfortunately, where my encouragement ended. Mr. Brakenridge makes several points that are just not accurate, and it is important that as we have this town-wide conversation, facts are honored.
Last Updated on Thursday, May 29 2014 19:59Read more: It Is Important to Have a Town-wide Conversation
By Joseph Lekarczyk
Noxious fumes from the new roof being installed on Town Hall drove the Tuesday night special Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting down the street to the Walt Self Senior Center (how do they work there during the day?). There was only one item on the agenda; whether or not to allow the Lyons Community Church to encroach on the CDOT right of along the
Last Updated on Thursday, May 29 2014 13:31Read more: Rebuild In The Flood Way Will Be A Challenge
By Lyons Meteorologist, Greg Berman
The first raindrop fell at 6:25 p.m., on a Monday evening. This drop was followed up by an army of drops that continued through the night and into the morning hours. Yes, the accumulation was plenty, even at that time, but nothing that shook the earth or this Meteorologist who had already been forecasting a big rainstorm, or
Last Updated on Thursday, May 08 2014 14:22Read more: The Flood Watch Network
For forty-seven years, the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) has conducted a cultural student exchange program with high schools in Japan, where Japanese students will visit and attend schools in the Boulder area for six weeks, and will then host students from Boulder during the following summer. A few years ago
Last Updated on Thursday, May 08 2014 13:35Read more: Hands Across The Water
By Janaki Jane
Lyons’ own flood recovery team, Lyons and Environs Colorado Spirit, has opened an office in the Balcony Office Suites at 431 Main Street, above the Barking Dog Café. Someone will be in the office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment.
Any resident or flood-displaced resident of the Lyons, Hygiene, or Allenspark zip codes can come in for help or information. Residents are encouraged to drop by, or make an appointment if that meets their schedules
Last Updated on Wednesday, May 07 2014 13:23Read more: Flood Recovery Team Starts Office Hours
After the devastating September floods, Gary and Kris Hazelton of Estes Park, came up with a design for a T-shirt. They approached Ron Shumate and Tim Buck of Trail Ridge Printing in Estes Park, and an idea was born, “Mountain Strong.”
Last Updated on Thursday, December 19 2013 18:21Read more: Mountain Strong
In September, the news images of the flooding in Lyons, Colorado, began to appear in the homes of the people of Lyons, NY. Soon the “Geezer Network” began to exchange e-mails and plans to aide a sister
Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11 2013 19:56Read more: Lyons To Lyons
What could bring a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, two United States Senators, the Governor, a State Representative, a Boulder County Commissioner, the Mayors of several area municipalities, as well as Lyons
Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11 2013 19:48Read more: HUD Provides $63 Million To Colorado Recovery
Code42 announced it has donated $29,209 to the American Red Cross, to help those impacted by the recent Colorado floods. Code42’s two Colorado employees: Clark Hodge (right), a resident of Lyons, and Stephanie Schneider (second from left) of Denver, presented the donation to the local Red Cross chapter. “CrashPlan is
Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11 2013 18:53Read more: Thank You Code42!
Stone Canyon (correction!)
Water, sewer and gas will be restored to the Stone Canyon subdivision on Friday, November 1, 2013. Residents who are present Saturday will have their gas turned on by Xcel technicians. If you are not present, Xcel will leave a door knocker at your home with contact information for you to make an
Last Updated on Friday, November 01 2013 07:30Read more: Town Update: RTD to Resume Service
On Tuesday, October 29, U.S. Senators Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., David Vitter, R-La., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., released details of their soon-to-be-introduced legislation to fix flood insurance so that it is affordable, accessible, and self-sustainable. The legislation is the result of weeks of bipartisan collaboration and consultation with the
Last Updated on Thursday, October 31 2013 08:09Read more: Congress To Introduce Flood Insurance Reform Bill
By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor
Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen (a.k.a. the “Turd Herder,” more on that later) had several items of good news at Thursday’s community update meeting at the LifeBridge Church.
The first was that a significant portion of Lyons (the Business District, Old Town, and the North Higher Elevations) will have their utilities
Last Updated on Monday, October 28 2013 09:18Read more: Residents To Move Back Saturday
Help keep the Lyons Recorder “afloat” after the devastating flood, which ripped through Lyons, Colorado in the early morning of Thursday, September 12. As a result of the damage, the town has lost electricity, gas, water, all communications (phone and internet),and the ability to dispose of wastewater. In addition, all five of the bridges that cross the North and South forks of the St. Vrain River were compromised (two are completely gone), effectively cutting off the Lyons Middle/Senior High School from a majority of
Last Updated on Thursday, October 24 2013 10:38Read more: Keep the Lyons Recorder “Afloat”
9News donated $150,000 from the 9Cares Colorado Shares fund to the three Feeding America food banks serving the counties hardest hit by the flooding. Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, and Weld Food Bank, serving Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, and Weld counties, each received $50,000 for food procurement related to flood relief efforts.
Last Updated on Thursday, October 24 2013 07:49Read more: 9News Donates $150K To Area Food Banks
Steve McCain did not act alone. Dave Wechsler of Lyons Portable Welding participated too.
Last Updated on Tuesday, October 08 2013 12:32Read more: Correction: Local Heroes Dave Wechsler And Steve McCain
I would like to get the word out to those residents of Lyons who are still searching for accommodation and who are able to work remotelythat several
Last Updated on Thursday, October 03 2013 14:57Read more: Do you have spare housing?
The City of Boulder has launched a ‘Community Flood Assessment’ crowdsourcing map to capture flood data and stories from Boulder residents and businesses. This resident-scientist approach will empower the Boulder community to contribute to our shared learning
Last Updated on Sunday, September 29 2013 09:15Read more: Community Flood Assessment Crowdsourcing Map Launched
Following the selection of four contractors earlier this week as well as continued work by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintenance crews, the National Guard and other contractors, CDOT has announced estimated opening dates for many
Last Updated on Friday, September 27 2013 07:40Read more: Opening Estimated Reopening Dates for Highways
A Lyons resident found a box of family photos washed up on his property by the flood and wants to return them to the owner.
Last Updated on Wednesday, September 25 2013 12:33Read more: Found And Classified After The Flood
Video interview of Lyons town administrator Victoria Simonsen Monday, 9/16/2013.
Last Updated on Tuesday, September 24 2013 12:46Read more: Video Interview With Lyons Town Administrator
Fund Raisers To Benefit Lyons
Last Updated on Friday, September 20 2013 16:38Read more: Fund Raisers To Benefit Lyons
Restoration of electrical service progresses rapidly. On Thursday, 9/19, we notice the number of wire overhead on Rt 66 is greatly increased.
Last Updated on Friday, September 20 2013 13:21Read more: Progress With Electrical Service
A meeting on the steps of the high school is where the plans for a new road began. UPDATE: see the bottom for photos of the new road in use.
Last Updated on Thursday, September 19 2013 14:59Read more: New Road To Lyons Valley Park
This image gallery is 7MB. Be a little patient. There is lots to see.
Last Updated on Wednesday, September 18 2013 23:04Read more: Photo Gallery 9/16 - The Drain Out #3
Lyons drains out on Monday 9/16. There are 24MB of images. Be patient.
Last Updated on Wednesday, September 18 2013 23:04Read more: Photos Gallery 9/16 - Destruction & Drain Out #2
Lyons drains out on Monday 9/16. There are 11MB of images. Be patient.
Last Updated on Wednesday, September 18 2013 23:03Read more: Photos Gallery 9/16 - The Drain Out #1
We have a confirmed report of a Lyons resident's dog acquiring a case of worms from the flood waters.
Last Updated on Wednesday, September 18 2013 09:22Read more: Bad Water & Pets
All mail for Allenspark and Lyons residents will be sent to the main Longmont post office at 2nd & Coffman.
Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 20:06Read more: Mail For Lyons & Allenspark
Valley Bank & Trust extends its sincerest thoughts
Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 13:31Read more: Valley Bank & Trust Press Release
There has been tension and and misinformation about the so called "forced evacuation" of Lyons. We wish to cover the many points of view and hopefully reach a point of understanding why the things are happening the way they are. Let's review the various actors in the drama.
Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 12:35Read more: Was there a forced evacuation of Lyons?
There is a second disaster not seen by cameras.
Last Updated on Tuesday, September 17 2013 03:35Read more: The Other Disaster
Lyons Recorder reporters rode Lyons on bicycles observing river flows.
Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 19:32Read more: St. Vrain Flow Rates
Multiple crews are in Lyons(Monday 9/16) working on the electrical lines providing power to Lyons city residents.
Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 19:04Read more: Lyons Electrical Power
Crews from Poudre REA were working on electrical power yesterday(Sunday, 9/15)
Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 19:02Read more: Poudre REA Recovery In Process
Letter From St. Vrain Valley Schools with regarding relocation of Lyons Elementary School & Middle/Senior High School.
Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 18:10Read more: Relocation Lyons Schools
SBA Stands Ready to Assist Colorado Residents and Businesses Affected by Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides
Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 17:24Read more: SBA Loans To Lyons Residents & Businesses
September 13, 2013, Denver, CO -- The Colorado Department of Revenue will extend filing deadlines
Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 17:24Read more: Tax Filing and Payment Relief for persons affected by Colorado flooding
Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano has announced that the University of Colorado Boulder campus will reopen Monday, Sept. 16,
Last Updated on Monday, September 16 2013 17:23Read more: CU-Boulder to reopen on Mon, Sept. 16