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Mission

Paramount to UDFCD’s mission is the personal health, safety and welfare of all people that live and work in the Denver metropolitan area and of many visitors that come to enjoy this incredible gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

UDFCD’s flood warning services are primarily oriented toward individual flood safety that requires protective actions to be taken on the part of those individuals to achieve the desired outcome–no lives lost.  For flood warnings to be effective, people must first be aware of the flood risks they are living with and take appropriate steps to protect themselves when floods threaten.

Communities play a major role in educating residents about flood dangers and how to stay safe during floods.  Actions taken before a flood like purchasing flood insurance, implementing measures to reduce risks to property, having a home or business emergency plan, practicing the plan, keeping emergency supplies on hand including a ‘Go Pack’, and evacuating when advised by local authorities will help assure that you and your loved ones are safe when the worst happens.

UDFCD’s Flood Warning & Information Services program works with communities to achieve this vision by providing local officials with early notifications concerning heavy rain and flood threats in partnership with NOAA’s National Weather Service.  Local officials act on these notifications according to their respective emergency plans and warn people in affected high risk areas when a flooding threat becomes more likely.

In addition to providing flood predictions, UDFCD helps communities develop more efficient ways to detect and recognize flood threats.  The ALERT System is one reliable way to monitor weather conditions, rainfall and stream levels in real-time.  This early flood detection network is operated and maintained by UDFCD.  It is used extensively by emergency managers, public works officials, fire departments, law enforcement, meteorologists, hydrologists, engineers, local news broadcasters, and the general public.  NWS forecasters frequently make use of this valuable resource for issuing public flood advisories and flash flood warnings.

News Release

DENVER, April 13, 2017 – The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) will launch its 39th annual flash flood prediction program this Saturday, April 15. The program serves the seven-county Denver/Boulder metro area and operates in close partnership with the National Weather Service by providing daily heavy precipitation outlooks and notifying cities and counties concerning developing flood threats.

Early flood detection is a vital part of UDFCD’s flood warning services, which is enhanced by a large network of automated rain and stream gauges known as the ALERT System. This network provides continuous, real-time monitoring of flood conditions and alerts local authorities when threatening conditions occur. Twitter users can also receive notifications from the ALERT System when heavy rainfall is occurring in the region.

Forecasters at Skyview Weather hired by UDFCD provide essential meteorological support by calling 911 communication centers in each county. The weather information is then relayed to appropriate agencies, organizations and persons who make public warning decisions and prepare for possible flooding.

During the September 2013 floods, UDFCD’s local flood warning program provided critical information that enabled emergency managers and response agencies to protect many lives. While the floodwaters and debris tragically claimed nine lives in 2013, this number was small in comparison to the 143 lost during the Big Thompson Canyon flash flood that happened on July 31 of 1976.

As we enter the 2017 flooding season, UDFCD urges everyone to avoid low-lying areas during periods of heavy rainfall, including bikeways and hiking trails that frequently overflow.

About UDFCD 

The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District was established by the Colorado legislature in 1969 to protect people, property and the environment by working regionally with local governments to address drainage and flood hazards that cross county and municipal boundaries. This is accomplished through a combination of preservation, mitigation and education activities. UDFCD serves a population of approximately 2.8 million and covers an area of 1,608 square miles that includes Denver, parts of six surrounding counties, and 32 incorporated cities and towns.

For more information, visit www.udfcd.org/flood-safety/

Contact:  Kevin Stewart, kstewart@udfcd.org, 303-455-6277

UDFCD’s Annual Newsletter

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The 2015 issue is now available.

Read about:

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Flood
Legislation to Protect Stormwater Detention in Colorado
Updates to the Urban Storm Drainage Criteria Manual
Ecological Restoration of Lower Boulder Creek
Support Activities for Stormwater Quality & Permitting
Extending Discharge Ratings for Water Resources Streamgages
UDFCD’s 2015 Program Activities
and more…

   Flood Hazard News – December 2015

CRS Flood Warning & Response Credits

NHWC CRS Resources

A service of the National Hydrologic Warning Council

NEW WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR 2016

The National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System
Other Resources

Twitter Rain Alarms

https://twitter.com/UDFCD_FWP
Twitter

Twitter users may want to follow this.  We are trying to keep the information simple to limit public confusion.

Automated tweets will be county-specific.  Additional hashtags like #flood, #cowx, #rain may be added.  If you are a Twitter user, you can start following this now.  Simply search for udfcd-fwp.  When heavy rainfall is detected by the ALERT System, you should receive something like:  Heavy rainfall occurring in ___(blank)___ County.

This text will be following by a link that points you to a “light” version of the ALERT GMap with very limited control features that looks like something this… http://t.co/MnVGlHjrdh.  Gmap-LT will show the measured rainfall amounts for the last 3 hours, a transparent looping radar overlay, and the current NWS warning polygons that link to the corresponding NWS warning text.  The rainfall measurement that triggered the tweet will blink (see demo).

Continue using http://alert5.udfcd.org for the ALERT GMap with user controls.

As always, we appreciate your feedback.

New ArcGIS Map

We recently improved one of our Esri ArcGIS Online maps that you may find useful.  The new map shows flood hazard areas, September 2013 flood peaks and hydrography for major drainageways within UDFCD.  Stream names can be displayed by clicking on the streams.  A link can be found on our ALERT System website from the Maps menu.

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System Status

This webpage was last updated on May 16, 2013

Please read the ALERT data disclaimer and see note below concerning winter operations.

TYPE CODES & ABBREVIATIONS:
P=rain/precipitation gage, S=stream gage, Wx=weather station, R=repeater, O=reservoir outflow in cfs, TB=tipping bucket rain gage, PT=pressure transducer water level sensor, SE=water level float shaft encoder, WS/WD=wind speed/direction, TX=radio transmitter, RF=radio related

ID Station Name (Type) Problem Description Contractor
100 Carr St (PS) Removed for construction, Reinstall scheduled May OneRain
1000 Maple Grove Reservoir (PS) Replacing PT – extended conduit and riser repair OneRain
1200 Broomfield 3207 (PS) Intermitant reporting OneRain
1330 Roslyn (P) Removed for construction OneRain
2190 Squaw Mountain (Wx) Removed for new tower construction OneRain
2210 Hiwan GC (Wx) Replacing wind sensor OneRain
2970 Rampart Range Rd (P) Upgrade to ALERT2 protocol  WET
3070 Newlin Gulch @ Jordan Rd (PS) Upgrade to ALERT2 protocol & Replacing PT WET
3090 BDC @ Highlands Heritage Park (PS) Upgrade to ALERT2 protocol  WET
4380 Eldorado Springs (S) Interface reconfiguration pending OneRain
1660 South Platte @ Henderson (P) Interface reconfiguration pending OneRain
OneRain and WET ARE THE CURRENT PROJECT MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS.

NEW STATIONS 2012: NEW  STATIONS 2013:
4320 Lee Hill (P) 10,010 Blackstone (P)
4880 Whispering Pines (P) 10,011 East Toll Gate at Hampden (PS)
2880 Happy Canyon Creek at North Surrey Drive (PS)
2890 Spruce Mountain Open Space (P)
3030 Bingham Lake Park at the Pinery (Wx)
3050 East/West Trail Head Daniels Park Rd N of Daniels Park (P)
3060 Fire Station No. 47 (P)
3070 Newlin Gulch at Jordan Rd Stonegate S of Lincoln (PS)
3080 Tallman Park E Hilltop Rd & Canterberry Prky  (PS)
3090 Big Dry Creek at Highlands Heritage Park S Univ. Blvd (PS)
THE FOLLOWING RAIN GAGES MAY BE AFFECTED BY LAWN IRRIGATION WATER:
420 Expo Park 510 Virginia Court 720 Confluence Pond
430 Utah Park 630 Temple Pond 750 Quincy Reservoir
500 Havana Park 640 Goldsmith @ Eastman 830 Side Creek Park
1500 Powers Park
…..ALWAYS INSPECT RAW DATA CAREFULLY TO VERIFY RAINFALL AMOUNTS…..
THE FOLLOWING RAIN GAGES HAVE EXPERIENCED PAST PROBLEMS WITH “WILDLIFE INTERFERENCE” (BUGS, BIRDS):

200* Leyden Reservoir 720* Confluence Pond 1900 Niver Detention
220* Upper Leyden 730* No Name at Quincy 4060 Lakeshore
410 Kelly Dam 1100 Louisville Recreation Center  
610 Harvard @ Jackson 1200* Broomfield 3207
710* Horseshoe Park 1600* Englewood Dam
* INDICATES RECURRING EPISODES
…..REGARDING WINTER OPERATIONS…..

MOST ALERT RAIN AND STREAM GAGES ARE REMOVED FROM THE FIELD FOR OFF-SEASON STORAGE, SERVICING AND REPAIR.  BOULDER COUNTY MOUNTAIN GAGES REMAIN IN OPERATION OVER THE WINTER TO ASSURE READY STATUS FOR EARLY SPRING STORM MONITORING.  ALL ALERT WEATHER STATIONS AND REPEATERS OPERATE YEAR-ROUND ALONG WITH THE FOLLOWING STREAM GAGES:

1003 Maple Grove Reservoir 1649 SPR at 19th Street 1813 Sand Creek near mouth
1629 SPR at Dartmouth Avenue 1659 SPR at Henderson 2333 Bear Creek at Morrison
1643 SPR at Union Avenue 1703 Cherry Creek at Champa 703 Toll Gate at 6th

UDFCD ASSISTS BOULDER COUNTY WITH MAINTAINING ALERT STATIONS IN THE BOULDER CREEK AND SOUTH BOULDER CREEK DRAINAGE BASINS. BOULDER COUNTY MAINTAINS THE STATIONS LOCATED IN THE SAINT VRAIN CREEK AND LEFT HAND CREEK WATERSHEDS.

REPORT PROBLEMS TO KEVIN STEWART AT 303-455-6277.

Blinking Alarms

A recent update to ALERT GMap causes active alarms to blink and stop blinking when the alarm becomes inactive.  When you click on the blinking station you will see the actual time that the alarm occurred and the threshold that triggered the alarm.

Click here to see a Flash™ video of this feature.