DENVER, April 15, 2020 – Today the Mile High Flood District launched its 42nd annual flash flood prediction program. This early notification service alerts local authorities from the 7-county Denver/Boulder metro area of developing flood threats, operating in partnership with the National Weather Service.
A large network of rain and stream gauges provides continuous monitoring of threatening weather and flood conditions. Twitter users can receive notifications from the ALERT System when heavy rainfall is occurring in the region.
Forecasters at Skyview Weather provide essential support by calling 911 communications when flooding is imminent. Critical information is then relayed to appropriate response agencies.
As we enter the 2020 flooding season, MHFD urges everyone to heed flood warnings by: 1) taking protective actions recommended by NWS and public safety officials; 2) avoiding trail use near streams during heavy downpours; 3) keeping away from floodwaters while on foot or in a vehicle. Know that most flood fatalities are people who perish in vehicles.
Before flooding impacts your neighborhood, take some time to learn about flood risks near your home, school and workplace; and consider purchasing flood insurance to protect yourself financially. Most property insurance policies do not cover flood losses.
Above all, stay flood safe!
About the Mile High Flood District:
MHFD was established by the Colorado legislature in 1969 to protect people, property and our environment by working regionally with local governments to address drainage and flood hazards. This is accomplished through a combination of preservation, mitigation and education activities. MHFD serves a population of approximately 3 million from Denver and parts of the six surrounding counties that include 35 incorporated cities and towns.
For more information, visit www.mhfd.org
Contact: Kevin Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-455-6277
Skyview Weather will be providing the flood forecast and notification services for the 2020 flood season (May 1 thru September 30). This long-running program will function as in the past, working closely with our good friends at the National Weather Service.
Concerning the COVID-19 situation, while Skyview’s services are considered “essential” with respect to Colorado’s Amended Public Health Order, their meteorologists are capable of working from their respective home offices and are expected to do so until the order is lifted.
During April they will be calling their primary contact points to verify phone numbers and update operating procedures. The MHFD Flood Prediction Center phone number is the same as last year (303.458.0789) and can be used anytime to talk with a Skyview forecaster.
ALERT System Field Maintenance
The gaging stations are nearing 100% ready status thanks to the efforts of the field crews from OneRain and Water & Earth Technologies. The COVID social distancing requirements have not slowed the annual start-up progress as their work directly involves providing essential products and services that support critical government functions of public safety and emergency response in full compliance with Colorado’s stay at home order.
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On May 16, 2019 the Colorado Department of Natural Resources / Colorado Water Conservation Board released an executive summary entitled: 2019 Flood Season is Approaching. While the South Platte River basin is not the State’s greatest flooding concern this year, temperature and precipitation outlooks suggest that streamflows from snowmelt runoff in the Denver/Boulder region will be much higher than last year. For information about the current snowpack conditions, visit https://alert5.udfcd.org/nrcs-snotel/.
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.
The 2015 issue is now available.
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
Flood Hazard News – December 2015
A service of the National Hydrologic Warning Council
NEW WEBSITE EXPECTED
The National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System