Road Closure Between Lyons And Estes Park

According to a press release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Route 36 between Lyons and Estes Park will be closed to all through traffic unless the driver displays a “local resident pass” (similar

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Community Conversations On Resilience

By Janiki Jane
What have we learned from the flood that can make us more resilient when shocks come in the future? What did we do right and what can we do better to respond to future challenges that might come

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Flood-Related Home Repair And Rental Assistance Available

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 is to be used to help eligible homeowners impacted by the 2013 flood who need financial assistance with eligible projects including home repairs (septic and well systems and individual driveways, bridges, and culverts) and temporary rental assistance.
“This funding could help about two hundred of the most vulnerable households in Boulder County that are still struggling to recover from the damage done by the flood,” said Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner. “While this round of support is limited and has strict eligibility requirements, it’s a step in the right direction and we’re optimistic we’ll get more of this funding in the future.”
Boulder County began accepting applications on Monday, July 21. Eligible homeowners can apply online at www.BoulderCountyFloodGrants.org, or in hard copy at various county offices beginning July 21. Note: City of Longmont residents must apply through the city.
A first round of applications will be sorted and prioritized according to level of vulnerability, and subsequent applications will be prioritized as funding is available. There is no “hard deadline” for applications. However, to be considered for the first round of prioritization, residents should submit applications no later than 4 p.m., Friday, August 15.
After submitting an application, Boulder County will follow up to collect personal documents to verify eligibility. These documents will include pay stubs, asset information, bank statements, and information about the flood-damaged property.
In order to meet federal requirements, households must meet the following criteria before they are deemed eligible for funding:
·         The assistance will be used for a primary residence in Boulder County; and
Total household income is less than 80% Area Median Income (AMI) for temporary rental assistance (priority will be given to households under 30% AMI) and less than 120% AMI for home repairs (priority will be given to households with 80% AMI or less); and
Primary residence damage was a direct result of the 2013 Flood; or
The household was indirectly impacted by the floods; such indirect impacts may include but are not limited to: Job loss due to flooding; or no home access even if the home itself was not damaged.
Though CDBG-DR funds are available, they are limited, and will not be sufficient to assist everyone in need. With this in mind, Boulder County will implement a prioritization strategy to assure that the most vulnerable households benefit from this funding first. Here are the characteristics that can increase a household’s priority:
Household income is below 80% AMI
Household income is below 30% AMI
At least one elder individual in household
At least one disabled individual in household
Flood-impacted home was a manufactured home
Household is a single-parent household
At least one child under the age of 5 in household
Military veteran in household
A second round of prioritization points will be given to reflect the urgency of the need or certain projects, including building season limitations, usefulness (bathroom, kitchen), and access-only issues.
Additional CDBG-DR funding may become available after this first round is exhausted. Applications that do not make the project list in this first round will be considered as the county receives additional grants. Applications received after August 15 will also be prioritized according to vulnerability, and may be selected for funding as additional money becomes available.
For more information about CDBG-DR applications, visit www.BoulderCountyFloodGrants.org.

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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Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund turns over a new LEAF

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
“Would you like some coffee or tea? How about some water?” Emily Flemming asks each person who comes through the door of the Lyons Community Church on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pastor Flemming pulls her chair up to a new arrival who comes in with an infant, and talks about her own child, creating a

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Phase 2 of US36 reconstruction project begins July 21

Phase 2 of the US 36 permanent reconstruction is scheduled to begin July 21 as Kirkland Construction transitions into the area to complete the road. Construction is expected to continue into late this fall.
 
The biggest part of this phase will require a closure of the road between milemarkers 18 and 19, which is near

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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.

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Opportunities For Youth To Help Rebuild

Lyons Human Services & Aging

By Meg Waters
As soon as Lyons started to rebuild from last year’s flood, volunteers began coming from far and wide to help. They’ve done everything from digging mud out of houses to building decks, from spreading grass seed to interior

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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.

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Updates On Lyons Housing Recovery

Lyons Housing Recovery Task Force

By Amy Reinholds
Graduate students from a summer class with Carrie Makarewicz and Andrew Rumbach of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver will be assisting the Town of Lyons and the volunteer Lyons Housing Recovery Task Force (HRTF) with analysis and plans. By the end of class on July 24,

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Parker Kids Club Donates to Lyons Community Food Pantry

The Lyons Community Food Pantry was the recipient of one hundred and sixty pounds of food, and a cash donation from a Kids Club in Parker, Colorado. The Parker Kids Club, made up of about twenty children from the ages of six to eight years old, has been together for about a year. The group was started by

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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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Preparing For The Next Time Makes You Feel Better, Not Worse

By Janaki Jane, Colorado Spirit
Maybe this sounds familiar; you thought you were doing great, but remember that extended downpour right before Memorial Day? Did you wake up, and spend some time, maybe with the lights on, just...listening?

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“Plant it Forward!”

The Lyons Garden Club (LGC) is excited to announce a new project called “Plant it Forward!”  The idea behind this project, which was actually conceived by Eagle Crest Elementary teacher Sheila Freehill and the

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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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Three Flood Recovery Events coming to Allenspark

Flood Recovery Information Meetings at the Fire Department Community Room
Speakers from US Forest Service, the National Resources Conservation Services (which cleared out and stabilized streams, ANEN (the Allenspark Neighors Emergency Network) and Colorado Spirit Flood Recovery will be presenting a program on 1] the Timeline and impact of the floods, 2] what the recovery effort has

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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.

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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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Governor Signs Bills Into Law

Mayor Rocks The Crowd

Lyons Mayor John O’Brien welcomed Governor John Hickenlooper, State Representative Jonathan Singer, and about a half dozen other State Representatives and Senators from across the state to Lyons last Saturday (May 16). The confab of politicos gathered along the banks of the St. Vrain River in the Confluence

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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.

Prior to September 2013, the program primarily focused on foreclosure prevention, and on helping people who were considering a home purchase figure out the finances around that decision. “We also work with people on just straight-up budgets, getting their budget to a balanced state,” says Becky Thelen, a housing and financial counselor with the program. “And we help people clarify their financial goals and tailor their budget to achieve those goals. We work on credit improvement for individuals, reverse mortgage counseling, and for people who are refinancing their mortgage, we talk through their new loan, make sure the terms make sense, that sort of thing.”

Since the flood, the scope of the program has expanded. “What we’re finding is a lot of people feel stuck in a holding pattern,” Thelen says. “They’re not able to move forward on repairs or rebuilding or purchasing a new property because there are so many moving targets. Will they get the buyout? Can they get the permits to rebuild? Will they need to elevate? How can they finance repairs and their existing mortgage at the same time? What’s going to happen with spring runoff?
“We help people sort through the many options they have and all the variables that go into each one,” Thelen continues. “Then we help them create a plan for moving forward. If someone wants to repair their property, we determine whether that’s financially feasible, how much they can afford for repairs, what their options are for financing it, and whether financial assistance is available. There are a lot of common themes, but everybody has very distinctive, individualized variables, so we help them create their own personal follow-up plans.”

Whether or not a homeowner is rebuilding, Thelen and her colleagues can help determine what types of payment relief might be available through the mortgage company. “We’ve found that lenders seem to be pretty willing to work with homeowners, but since everybody’s in a different financial circumstance with different goals and different mortgages, the way the lender works with them is different for everyone,” Thelen says. “We can help provide realistic expectations about what mortgage companies can do with homeowners, and what the likelihood of getting different options looks like.” The organization can also act as a communication conduit between the homeowner and the mortgage company.

Thelen has found that even when a homeowner is successful in working with his or her mortgage company shortly after a crisis, that relationship may break down over time. “I think that as more time passes since the flood occurred, mortgage companies will become less likely to extend mortgage payment forbearances or deferments,” she says. “We’ll need to be working on more permanent solutions for people.”

In addition to flood-related financial counseling, Thelen and her colleagues continue to offer the same services they provided before September. “Anyone who is having difficulty paying their mortgage and all of their expenses should contact a housing and financial counselor, whether or not that’s flood-related,” Thelen says. “The services are always free.”
The program is funded by grants from federal and local government agencies, as well as the IRS’s National Mortgage Settlement. “Anytime anyone offers this type of service for a fee, that’s a red flag,” Thelen says.

Although Thelen occasionally provides financial counseling over the phone, she says most people prefer to meet face to face at her office in Boulder. To make an appointment, call (720) 564-2279, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 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,

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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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“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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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.

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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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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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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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