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Sept. 21, 2013 - City of Boulder to Begin Rapid Evaluations of Flood-Damaged Properties on Monday

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Nick Grossman, Public Works, 303-441-3005

City of Boulder to begin rapid evaluations of flood-damaged properties on Monday

On Monday, Sept. 23, City of Boulder building inspection staff, along with certified inspectors from the Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, will begin rapid evaluations of flood-damaged properties. The rapid evaluations will begin in the areas that were most impacted by recent flooding and will be focused in the 100-year flood, high-hazard, and conveyance zones. If your property was affected by the September 2013 flood but is not located in one of these designated floodplain zones, you may call 303-441-1880 to request an assessment.

Inspectors will use specific criteria to check for potential safety threats that are visible from the exterior of flood-damaged properties. After the inspectors have completed an evaluation, they will place one of three colored placards on the property, near the main entrance. 

  • Green “INSPECTED” placards confirm that a property has been inspected and is safe to occupy.
  • Yellow “RESTRICTED USE” placards inform occupants of concerns related to the structure, electrical (power), or mechanical (gas). These placards will include a description of how and why the use is limited. Properties that are restricted to limited uses will require a more detailed evaluation before occupants are allowed to use the entire building.
  • Red “UNSAFE” placards inform occupants that a property is unsafe to enter and that substantial measures may be necessary to make the building safe to occupy. A red placard is not a demolition order.

Please allow these placards to remain on the property for at least one week, or until you have been notified otherwise by a City of Boulder representative. If you have any questions about the rapid evaluation process, please contact Planning and Development Services at 303-441-1880.

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