Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Where To Get Flood Help In Colorado

Sep 19, 2013
Grace Hood / KUNC

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

Colorado National Guard photo by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/RELEASED

After rain pummeled flooded communities over the weekend, long awaited sunshine poked through the clouds Monday. Towns are just starting to dry out from days of heavy rain and flooding.

Bente Birkeland / RMCR

State and federal officials say it’s still too early to determine the scope of damages in the wake of Colorado’s devastating floods.

Colorado National Gaurd

Helicopters are once again in the air along the Colorado Front Range conducting evacuation operations in Boulder and Larimer Counties.

Nathan Heffel / KUNC

Colorado remains under the spell of water. Steady rains Sunday hampered evacuation and rescue efforts and brought renewed warnings to a flood weary Front Range.

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/RELEASED

As flooding moves east across Colorado and rains are once again in the forecast, the recovery efforts continue.

Even as President Obama was declaring that tornado-devastated Oklahoma would get "everything it needs right away," the state's most vociferous critic of federal emergency aid vowed that he, too, would push for assistance "without delay."

People in Vermont affected by floods in recent years now wish they could be included on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood maps.

The maps for the state are old and don't include flooding from fast-rising rivers and streams, the kind of flooding that tore up Vermont during Tropical Storm Irene.

Karin Hardy's house, built in 1850, once stood in Jamaica, Vt., across from the tranquil Ball Mountain Brook. But when Irene hit in August 2011, she heard boulders tumbling.

Superstorm Sandy pummeled the East Coast six months ago, and, as with other natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was there from day one, finding people temporary shelter and later supporting rebuilding efforts.

FEMA also has a lesser-known role. It oversees the creation of flood maps, which model the risk of flooding in different areas during storms. These maps are also used to set building codes and flood insurance rates. In New York and New Jersey, FEMA is updating those maps, and so far many homeowners don't like what they are seeing.

Just a few days after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City last fall, I went out to
Coney Island to see how Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park had fared.