Flood Recovery and Resilience
The City of Boulder is committed to assisting the community's near-term flood recovery and long-term resilience.
City staff, consultants and community partners continue to work diligently to make progress in achieving the council-adopted objectives for both near-term recovery and long-term resilience. In September 2015 the city published an after-action report documenting the best practices and lessons learned to date on the city's flood recovery operations.
From Sept. 8 to 16, 2013, over 16 inches of rain fell in Boulder, causing significant flooding along Boulder Creek and its 15 tributaries.
Boulder was selected to participate in the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative. City staff is collaborating with the Boulder community to develop a resilience strategy that will build on past successes and integrate planning initiatives to ensure a thriving future.
City Council Flood Recovery Objectives
City Council Flood Recovery Updates
Boulder Flood: One Year Later
Creek Repairs and Debris Removal
City contractors are removing debris and sediment from Boulder's 15 major drainageways (creeks). Contractors are also repairing creek infrastructure, including stream bank restoration, channel erosion remediation, drop structure replacement, and culvert repairs. Creek repairs and debris removal will only take place in areas where the city has ownership or an existing easement.
These 2014 Flood Recovery Projects began in March and are scheduled to continue throughout 2014.
Trails and Paths
Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and trail crews, about 99 percent of the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) trail system is now open. However, some trails sustained significant and severe damage and still require major repair efforts to reopen them to the public. Because of the expected limited availability of materials and contractors, who are working to complete numerous post-flood projects, completion of those projects may take some time. Visit the Re-Opened Trails & Continuing Repairs page for details.
Irrigation ditches are manmade channels that deliver water to homes, farms, industries and other human uses. Most ditches divert water from natural creeks and rivers and bring it to other areas.
Flood Commemoration Week 2014
- Sept. 8 to 14, 2014
The events that were held during the BoCo Strong Flood Commemoration Week were meant to nurture the community connections, strength, and resilience that emerged in the wake of the 2013 flooding. Boulder County community neighbors gathered together to show support for each other, get updates about how each area is recovering, and share how residents build hope and strength every day.
2014 Flood Preparedness and Recovery Open Houses
On March 31 and April 2, 2014, the City of Boulder hosted two community meetings.
2013 Flood Recovery Meetings
In fall 2013, the City of Boulder hosted flood recovery meetings to share and collect information about flooding assessment; neighborhood opportunities and challenges; and flood recovery information and resources offered by the city.
- South Boulder Creek Open House - Nov. 21, 2013
- Bear Canyon Creek Open House - Nov. 14, 2013
- King's Ridge - Wonderland Creek Open House - Nov. 7, 2013
- Bluebell Canyon, Skunk Creek and King's Gulch Open House - Oct. 24, 2013
- Gregory Canyon Creek Open House - Oct. 23, 2013
- Twomile and Upper Goose Open House - Oct. 17, 2013
- Fourmile Canyon Creek Open House - Sept. 26, 2013