Tue March 11, 2014
Colorado Flood

210 Places In Boulder County 'Potentially Hazardous'

Debris will need to be removed from an estimated 210 places in Boulder County. Pictured: Left Hand Ditch, March 4, 2014.
Credit Nathan Heffel / KUNC

The snow pack in the mountains around Boulder is at about 140 percent of normal and officials are concerned that the annual spring runoff coupled with the debris from last September’s flood will cause even more problems for a hard hit area.

Jackie Fortier speaks with Julie Mckay, project lead for Boulder County’s Comprehensive Creek Planning Initiative

Boulder County has identified 210 places in where debris could cause flooding and need to be removed. The most hazardous are red.
Credit Boulder County

Interview Highlights

April 1 is your self-imposed deadline, but you have 93 places that you consider level one, your highest priority. How will you tackle that?

A portion of the Post-Flood Community Preparedness Guide for Boulder County, 2014.
Credit Boulder Office of Emergency Management

“So we’re going to make as much progress through the mitigation projects as we can, and we’ll use that April 1 date as a target and the work will continue for the next several months.”

What’s your goal with this project?

“I don’t think the goal or expectation is that things go back exactly the way they were before. Just because the change as everyone has seen has just been so massive. There’s going to be much more time for community discussion about really how the creeks should be managed so we reduce future flood potential, and also meet all the other needs that the creeks meet.”

Snow pack in the nearby mountains is at about 140 percent of normal, what does that mean for your efforts?

“What it really means is that we collectively have to start paying attention to conditions. Snow melt conditions rain fall conditions and be ready for some potential event that happens.”

Credit Boulder Office of Emergency Management