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/.
DENVER, April 15, 2019 – Today the Flood Control District is launching its 41st annual flood prediction and notification service. This long-running program serves the 7-county Denver region by working in close partnership with the National Weather Service to alert local authorities of developing flood threats.
A large network of rain and stream gauges with over 200 stations allows continuous monitoring of threatening weather and flood conditions. Alerts are sent automatically when alarm thresholds are exceeded. Twitter users can receive these 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. Critical information is then relayed to the appropriate response agencies.
As we enter the 2019 flooding season, the Flood Control District urges that everyone to: 1) heed flood warnings by taking protective actions recommended by the NWS, local news stations and public safety officials; 2) avoid trail use near streams during heavy downpours; 3) not drive into floodwaters or enter flooded areas on foot; 4) be aware of flood risks near your home, school and workplace; and 5) consider purchasing flood insurance. Stay flood safe!
About the Flood Control District:
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. This is accomplished through a combination of preservation, mitigation and education activities. The District serves a population of approximately 3 million and covers a 1,600 plus square-mile area that includes Denver, parts of the six surrounding counties, and 32 incorporated cities and towns.