Future runoff and preparedness meetings are scheduled on the dates below, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder
March 11: For residents of Fourmile Canyon Drive, Gold Run, Fourmile Canyon and Twomile Canyon Creeks, Wagonwheel, Lee Hill, Bow Mountain, Pinebrook and Linden areas
March 12: For residents of Jamestown, Lefthand Canyon, James Canyon, Streamcrest, Brigadoon, Oriole Estates and Nimbus Road areas
March 13: For residents of South Boulder Creek, Boulder Creek and Coal Creek areas
"By people being vigilant and watching their community, we can gain a lot of information," Mike Chard of the county's office of emergency management told about 300 people at LifeBridge Christian Church on Monday. "We want to take care of it while it's manageable."
County officials combed through more than 3,000 flood damage reports and walked more than 90 miles of creeks and drainages to identify about 200 hazardous spots, with 94 at the highest risk of causing problems.
A high risk area is any place where large amounts of wood or sediment could create an impromptu dam or part of the bank is in danger of washing away. Residents are asked to call 911 so a deputy can check out the situation, Chard said.
"We have to get debris out, we have to shore up the banks," Chard said. "If we can do all of that by May 1, we've got a good chance of coming through spring runoff with minor issues."
Runoff could be especially heavy this year, he said, since groundwater and reservoir levels are high and snow pack is between 169 percent and 248 percent of normal, depending on the location.
"Since they started recording (runoff) in 1937 ... we're on track to be in the top five," Chard said. "The good news is, this will not be a 1,000-year event. We are going to see localized issues throughout the drainages, and that will depend on how we anticipate the hazards."
Residents are urged to have a plan for getting out of their property if needed, to practice the plan and to get flood insurance.
"Everyone here is eligible for flood insurance, even if someone tells you you're not," flood recovery manager Gary Sanfacon said, drawing some knowing chuckles.
Staff members also reviewed options for residents, such as the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to buy and demolish properties, and the Flood Rebuilding and Information Center, meant to be a one-stop site for flood-related permits .
Money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is starting to become available for private-property debris removal, Sanfacon said, something even FEMA didn't expect at the start.
"They said the bar was super high and we'd never get there," he said. "We got there."
"You just have to be persistent," agreed Jim Froning, a resident of Longmont Dam Road, "They really want to help you. They just have to follow the rules. ... You can't give up. you have to keep going for it."
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