Pinewood Springs, Colorado

Pinewood Springs – Newsletter April, 2014

Water District As many of you know, the flood severely damaged the home located by the Bridge on Kiowa. The floodwaters also completely destroyed the homeowner’s water tap and water line. After several months of reconstruction the homeowner is ready to move back, however, the District still needs to reinstall his tap and water line. To do so, we will have to close down Kiowa for a few hours. Carl is planning to do the install sometime in April. We want all the Kiowa islanders to be aware that this will happen. When we know more about when the construction will begin, we will try to give you a 24-hour warning when the road will be closed. The by pass route used during the flood via Ute Crossing Court would be available in case of an emergency. If you have any...

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Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition (LTWRC) Update

Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition (LTWRC) Update

  TETRA TECH SELECTED AS RIVER MASTER PLANNER After many hours of review, discussion and voting rounds, the LTWRC Selection Committee chose Tetra Tech out of Ft Collins as our partner for developing the Master Plan for the entire 61 miles watershed. You will get a chance to hear from and meet them at the landowners meeting on April 16 (see next item) http://www.tetratech.com/. Seven river engineering companies submitted excellent proposals; any one of them would have been capable of doing a great job, and we welcome Tetra Tech to our river! MASTER PLANNING KICK-OFF WED. APRIL 16 at 7pm IN BERTHOUD The next LTWRC public landowners meeting is Wednesday, April 16 at 7 pm, Berthoud Community Center. Updates on ongoing activities, needs, and resources, plus a...

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Preparing for an Emergency

Preparing for an Emergency

Last year’s flood caught many of us unprepared. Now that we’ve lived through this kind of natural disaster, we won’t be unprepared again. It’s a good time to create a household emergency plan so that you have all the supplies and communication tools needed if another emergency happens. I’ve heard several neighbors discuss plans to install generators and keep reserves of water on hand. Here are some ideas posted on the Larimer County website to help us remember what we should have ready in case of emergency. This is list is a start. If you have additional ideas, please share them in the comment section below. One of the most important steps you can take in preparing for an emergency is to develop a household disaster plan. At its most...

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Larimer County Spring Run-off Information

Larimer County Spring Run-off Information

Everyone in our region is worried about the run-off this spring. The floods changed the topography of our rivers and streams which could also change the behavior of the water produced by melting snow. Although no one can really predict the outcome, there are a few resources we can access to track this spring’s runoff. Local Lyons meteorologist, Greg Berman has created a great Facebook page called the Flood Watch Network. This page will use local spotters and scientific monitoring to track any potential flooding activity in real time. If you’re on Facebook, please “like” the Flood Watch Network to receive these valuable updates. Larimer County posted some information in their recent spring newsletter regarding spring run-off: The snowpack...

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IRS Gives Extension for Flood-loss Claims

Coloradans affected by the flooding in September have six extra months to claim damage costs on their federal income tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service has given taxpayers in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld counties – along with 16 other Colorado counties affected by the flood – until Oct. 15 to decide when to claim flood damage. They otherwise would have had to decide by April 15 whether to claim the losses on their 2013 or 2012 federal tax returns – a decision driven by the amount of tax savings they might receive. Those who miss the October deadline will still be permitted to claim flood-damage losses on their 2013 returns, but not their 2012 forms. Uninsured or unreimbursed losses from flooding, landslides, mudslides or severe...

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Public Meeting on Big Elk Meadows Dams

Public Meeting on Big Elk Meadows Dams

YOU ARE INVITED Public Meeting on Big Elk Meadows Dams and the Little Thompson River and the Re-Construction of the Dams after the September 2013 Flooding Saturday, March 29, 2014 3:00 – 5:00 pm Rogers Hall, 4th and High Street (next to the Old Stone Church, between 4th and 5th on High Street) Lyons, Colorado Members of the Colorado Division of Water Resources, Dam Safety Branch (DSB) will report preliminary findings of their ongoing study of the rainfall and resulting flooding, including the effects of the failure of dams in the Big Elk Meadows (BEM) sub-division on the Little Thompson River. The DSB will also provide an update on the status of the reconstruction of the dams. In addition, representatives of Larimer County Emergency Management, Larimer County...

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Mountain Outreach Team – Flood Recovery

Mountain Outreach Team – Flood Recovery

Colorado Spirit Mountain Outreach Team is designed to support Larimer County’s recovery from the September 2013 floods. They provide emotional support, door-to-door out- reach, and connections or referrals to community resources. They attend community meetings and information sessions to provide citizens with the mist current information on the recovery process. Just look for the friendly people in the blue vests! There is never a charge for services provided by the Mountain Outreach Team. “Mountain Outreach teams attend all county and regional meetings related to the flood and seek to have the most recent information on resources and developments related to recovery. A similar group was formed in the weeks following the High Park Fire. Crisis counselors...

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