DENVER, April 12, 2018 – The Flood Control District will launch its 40th annual flash flood prediction and notification services on Sunday, April 15. This long-running program serves the 7-county metro area and operates in close partnership with the National Weather Service, notifying local authorities when flood threats develop.
Early flood detection is enhanced by a large network of rain and stream gauges known as the ALERT System. This network of over 200 stations provides continuous real-time monitoring of flood conditions and sends alerts when alarm thresholds are exceeded. Twitter users can receive notifications from the ALERT System when heavy rainfall is occurring in the region.
Forecasters at Skyview Weather provide essential meteorological support that includes calling 911 communication centers when flooding is imminent. The information is then relayed to the appropriate response agencies.
During the September 2013 floods, this local flood warning service provided critical information that enabled emergency managers and response agencies to protect many lives. Although floodwaters tragically claimed ten lives in 2013, this number was small in comparison to the 143 that were lost during the Big Thompson Canyon flash flood in July of 1976.
As we enter the 2018 flooding season, the Flood Control District urges everyone to avoid trails near streams during heavy downpours, to not drive into floodwaters, and to pay attention when flood warnings are issued. Stay flood safe!
About the Flood Control District:
The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) 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.