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Where To Get Flood Help In Colorado

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Three Disaster Assistance Centers are now open in Loveland, Longmont and Boulder.

The Disaster Assistance Centers will provide a full one-stop service center including help with forms from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA’s programs are complex, so survivors are urged to visit FEMA representatives at the DAC to determine available benefits, including possibilities such as payment for semi-permanent lodging.

No FEMA money or services are available until the registration process is complete. At the center, FEMA will be available to register flood survivors for limited grant and loan programs. You can also register online with FEMA.

The Disaster Assistance Center in Loveland is now open and has resources for people in Larimer County affected by the Colorado flood.

You can find updates from Larimer County at www.larimer.org.

Larimer County

Loveland Disaster Assistance Center 815 14 Street SW, Building B in Loveland Open 8 a.m. to 6p.m. M-F, Weekend Hours May Vary

The center is planned to be open for at least four weeks. A play area will be available for children. Shuttle service from the Fort Collins evacuation shelters is being organized.

Boulder County

Boulder Disaster Assistance Center 5495 Arapahoe Ave. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week

The Boulder Disaster Assistance Center is located just northwest of Flatirons Golf Course, on the northwest corner of Arapahoe and 55th Street, next to Premier Credit Union. It is open to serve residents throughout Boulder County.

Longmont Disaster Assistance Center 1250 South Hover Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week

The Longmont Disaster Assistance Center entrance is located on the west side of the Twin Peaks Mall in the former location of Steve & Barry’s just south of Sears.

Services and organizations that will be available at the Disaster Assistance Centers include the Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, many County departments, and insurance representatives.

The public is asked to bring paperwork that can assist in verifying identification and residence, and that provides information that can be useful in helping determine what assistance they may qualify for. These documents include driver’s licenses, utility bills, social security cards, insurance policy paperwork and other identifying information.

For City of Boulder flood recovery information, go to www.boulderfloodinfo.net. Boulder County flood assistance and recovery information is available at www.bouldercountyflood.org. The websites provide information about assistance and resources available for those affected by the flood, as well as guidelines and precautions for beginning cleanup efforts on your property.

Weld County

Island Grove Exhibition Building 525 N. 15th Ave., Greeley open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, seven days a week. Milliken Community Complex 1101 Broad St., Milliken Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, seven days a week.

Adams County

South Adams County Fire Department 4711 E. 69th Ave., Commerce City Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, seven days a week.

How To Register With FEMA

  • People with storm losses can register simply by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), which is video relay service accessible. Applicants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can use TTY 800-462-7585. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Online registration is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through a smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov.
  • FEMA assistance can cover rental costs, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses.
  • FEMA can refer survivors who do not need FEMA assistance, or who have additional needs, to partner agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are available for homeowners, renters and businesses at affordable terms. Survivors offered an SBA low-interest loan are under no obligation to accept it. However, completing and returning the application may open the door to other forms of assistance such as additional FEMA grants.
  • Survivors can obtain more information from the SBA website at www.sba.gov/disaster and learn how to apply on line or download an SBA application. Applicants with SBA questions can also call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing) for assistance.
  • Homeowners and renters with insurance should fill out a FEMA application and SBA loan application while they are waiting for their insurance decision. It saves time.
  • If insurance doesn’t cover all of their disaster-related expenses, FEMA and/or SBA assistance may be available to fill in the gap.
  • FEMA grants for housing and other needs assistance are NOT counted as income and DO NOT affect other benefits or eligibility for programs such as Social Security, Medicaid, welfare assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Aid to Families with Dependent Children. FEMA grant money does not have to be repaid as long as it is properly spent for your disaster recovery.
  • Income level does not affect possible FEMA assistance for homeowners; and let FEMA determine if the amount of damage qualifies for assistance. Survivors should not disqualify themselves by not registering. 
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