The following is the list of events for the Town of Lyons' One Year Strong Anniversary. The week-long festivities will kick-off Sunday, September 7 at 12 pm, and come to a close on Sunday, September 14 at 8pm. Please join the Town of Lyons as we celebrate the first year of recovery successes after the September 11, 2013 flood.
The following compiled documents are the result of an intense community planning process which began in mid-December 2013, a mere three months after the flood waters hit Lyons, and was carried out in January-February 2014. Hundreds of citizens engaged in the process, from attending Town Hall meetings to more intense commitments as members of Recovery Working Groups that met weekly to develop and refine objectives and project ideas. The Town of Lyons received technical and facilitation support from the FEMA community planning team, the State's Department of Local Affairs, Natural Capitalism Solutions Inc., and the University of Colorado at Denver. This plan lays the framework for Lyons to build back stronger and more resilient in the future. It reflects out intentions for the Lyons of tomorrow, and it represents our ability to come together as a community to chart our course to recovery.
During the upcoming multi-day rain storm event, please check the storm drains near you and remove any built up debris to allow for as much drainage as possible. This includes removing the large stones from all storm drain inlets. Many cul de sacs have rocks placed in front of the inlets to prevent kids from falling in them, but the Town will need all storage capacity available if 1” or more of rain falls today and tomorrow, as predicted by the National Weather Service.
It is unlikely the river will rise enough from this rain event to flood, but there could be localized flooding due to the large amount of rain expected with this storm. If you need sandbags, bags and sand are available at the Lyons Fire Station #1, 251 Main Street.
In September, 2013 the State of Colorado experienced extremely heavy rainfall along with catastrophic flooding. This resulted in major damage across a range of twenty-four counties, resulting in loss of life and causing more than 18,000 people to evacuate their communities. Our Town of Lyons was hit hard by this event, causing considerable damage to property and belongings, and our safety was threatened.
We are a strong community, and have responded with pride. Volunteers and professionals helped keep us safe, fed us, and provided shelter. Our roads and bridges are in the repair process. Businesses are open, and residents are coming back home. These are all steps in the recovery process.
Our community extended beyond our boundaries, and came together to envision a Lyons-stronger than before. We have volunteered many, many hours to create our Lyons Recovery Action Plan. Some of you felt so strongly about the importance of the projects that you were willing to work as Champions to promote and implement them. Thank you for all of your hard work and contributions. - Lyons wouldn’t be here without you.
To become a reality, the Lyons Recovery Action Plan will need your continued involvement and support. We may run into setbacks we couldn’t foresee and probably circumstances beyond our control. But together, we will be stronger and we will accomplish our dreams. Thank you for all your perseverance and pride.
March 5th Flood Recovery Neighborhood Meeting: Apple Valley/North & South Vrain When: Mar 5, 2014 7:00 - 9:00 PM Where: Rogers Hall, 4th & High St., Lyons
Preparedness and Flood Recovery Updates: spring run-off expectations, emergency mitigation plan, all hazards preparedness, right of entry map/permission forms, creek planning, HHS resources, HMGP, HMR, CDBG-DR, flood insurance, LTFRG
For more info contact Garry Sanfacon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder: Recovery Working Group PDG's are due at 5pm Wed March 5th
All PDG's must be submitted by 5pm. Please submit any remaining PDG's to Dylan at email@example.com. There are several PDG's still out there that need to be submitted.
Boulder County Spring Run-off Community Preparedness Meeting March 10th 6:30pm at LifeBridge Church
Meeting Topics: Spring run-off hazards, Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Mitigation Plan, and other Recovery Updates (e.g., creek planning, debris, buy-out program, rebuilding, CDBG-DR funds, flood insurance, Long Term Flood Recovery Group resources, housing and human resources.)
Meeting Format: We will provide a powerpoint with slides from each county recovery project team. There will be time at the end of our presentation for general Q&A. We will staff information tables in the lobby in order to answer specific questions or at least connect with residents to set up a follow-up discussion.
Handouts: We will have the updated Boulder County Resource Guides, Post-Flood Community Preparedness Guide and literature for specific programs.
Related MEETING DATES and LOCATIONS
Lyons/North & South St. Vrain/Apple Valley/Longmont Dam Road/Little Thompson/Raymond & Riverside/Big Elk Meadows March 10, 6:30 p.m., Lifebridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Hwy, Longmont
Fourmile Canyon Dr./Gold Run/Fourmile & Twomile Canyon Creek/Wagonwheel/Lee Hill/Bow Mountain/Pinebrook/Linden March 11, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder
Jamestown/Lefthand Canyon/James Canyon/Streamcrest/Brigadoon/Oriole Estates/Nimbus Road March 12, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder
South Boulder Creek/Boulder Creek/Coal Creek March 13, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder
Reminder: Utility Bills Due; Utility Shut off
A friendly reminder that late fees will be implemented this month on late payments. Accounts with delinquent balances will be subject to shut off in mid-March.
US 36 Between Lyons and Estes Park Now Open Following Blasting and Materials Removal
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Federal Highway Administration – Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), and contractor American Civil Constructors, Inc. have reopened US 36 to all traffic at mile post 17.6 after blasting apart the large boulders that were blocking the road and removing the pieces from the roadway. Crews also patched the highway where the boulders damaged the roadway. Motorists are warned that the highway will be unpaved in some spots and center lines are not marked at this time where the boulders came down. However, the edges of the highway are marked, and the highway will be continually monitored to ensure it is safe for travel.
Last night, crews established a path around the boulders and directed all motorists through the area via pilot car. Crews worked all night to maintain safety in the area, and were able to keep the highway open during this morning’s work and school commute. State Highway 7 remains the detour route between Estes Park and Lyons for those who can use it. Motorists are thanked extensively for their patience and understanding, and are reminded to drive Slow for the Cone Zone!