Boulder Flooding Information
The city of Boulder rests at the base of the Rocky Mountain Foothills and is home to Boulder Creek, its 14 tributaries and Boulder Slough (diverted water from Boulder Creek to satisfy irrigation company water rights). Due to its geographic location and features, the city of Boulder has the highest risk of flash flooding in the state of Colorado.
Many neighborhoods throughout the city experience flooding during storm events, and some are at a higher risk to extreme flooding because they are located near a major drainageway. The City of Boulder encourages all residents to be aware of their flood risk and to take the necessary precautions to help protect life and property.
City of Boulder Floodplain Information Map
The map shows floodplains, conveyance zones, critical facilities, elevation certificates, and various flood-related FEMA information.
To find out if you are in a Special Flood Hazard Area (floodplain), go to the map below and click the search icon (magnifying glass) to enter your property address.
Office of Disaster Management Tests
During flood season, the Office of Disaster Management will test the emergency sirens located throughout the city/county. Tests of this system occur on the first Monday of each month during flood season and can be heard at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. The purpose of the test is to verify the system is working as intended, and is meant to be heard by community members outdoors who may not have immediate access to emergency warnings otherwise. They are not intended to be heard necessarily by community members located inside.
How to Prepare for Floods
- Sign up for FREE emergency alerts at BoCo911Alert.com. You can get alerts via home, work, and cell phones, text messages and email. When a flood watch or warning is issued for your area, find more information by tuning to local news and visiting www.boulderoem.com.
Don't delay purchasing flood insurance to protect your property. There may be a 30-day waiting period before your new policy becomes active.
- Purchase flood insurance to protect your property.
Protect Natural Floodplain Functions
If you plan on doing any work on your property you may need a floodplain/wetland permit.
- The city has adopted regulations for development within streams, wetlands, and water bodies to help preserve and protect these natural resources.
Flood Watches and Warnings
- The Office of Disaster Management tests the city's emergency warning system on the first Monday of each month during Flood Season (Apr - Sept).
- Sirens are tested at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- The sirens are intended as a resource for community members outdoors during an emergency event who may not have easy access to additional alert notifications.
- They are not intended to be audible for community members indoors.
|Flash Flood Watch||Flash Flood Warning|
Weather conditions may cause flash flooding in the specified area. Be ready to move to higher ground during heavy rainfall.
Flash flooding is occurring or is imminent in the specified area. Move to higher ground immediately. In some locations and situations, it may be safest to shelter in place on the upper floor of the building.
What to do During a Flood
- Disconnect electricity and gas.
- Do NOT walk or drive through flood waters.
- Get to higher ground.
- Plan an evacuation route that does not require you to cross creeks or ditches.
- Follow emergency response orders.
Boulder Flooding Educational Videos
Flood Management Projects and Programs
Additional Links and Resources
Maps of Floodplains
Flood Insurance Information
The Creeks of Boulder
Boulder Creek Surface Water Levels
September 2013 Flood
Boulder County Creek Recovery and Restoration Program
Wetland and Stream Basics
Wetland Tips for Homeowners
Find a Licensed Contractor
Study: Colorado's Vulnerability To Very High Risk Natural Hazards
Flood Safety & Personal Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness Guide PDF
Flood Protection Handbook PDF
Flood Action Plan PDF
Plan De Accion en Inundacion PDF
Emergency Management Plan Guidelines PDF
Emergency Evacuation Plan Template PDF
FEMA Emergency Supply Checklist PDF
Moisture Resistant Homes Guide PDF
Flood Management Program Overview PDF
Flood Management Program 2020 PDF
Community Guide to Flood Safety PDF
Boulder Flood Management Past and Present PDF
Climate Change and the UDFCD Urban Drainage System PDF