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!
Click Here to see Follow-up Materials from the 2/19 Recovery Planning Exchange Meeting at LifeBridge Church, including meeting slide deck, Recovery Working Group (RWG) posters, and to submit your comment cards online (due 2/21 at 5pm).
This Housing Needs Assessment for the Town of Lyons was funded and coordinated by the Boulder County Housing Authority. The purpose of this report is to:
Understand the housing needs and preferences of residents who are still displaced as a result of the September 2013 flood;
Provide additional information needed, including the opinions of all residents and former residents that are still displaced, regarding housing preferences that will help inform development site selection and the creation of a housing replacement strategy that is responsive to needs, affordable, and compatible with Lyons.
Identify and quantify pre-flood housing problems in Lyons, such as housing affordability, and how these problems may have been impacted by the flood; and
Support applications for much needed financial assistance.
This report covers the Town of Lyons. A survey conducted as part of this study cover a larger area providing opportunities to expand the coverage area in the future. This study was conducted during the month of January, a short time frame made possible by Town of Lyons staff, members of the Housing Committee and other volunteers. They contributed many hours, local perspective and invaluable insights into this research effort.
Click the File below to view the Lyons Housing Needs Assessment
The new website www.lyonsconfluence.org has been created to assemble the information needed to understand surviving the bureaucratic swell that is in many ways, much worse than the flood. Use this website to present questions and/or useful information. Use the other pages, that will certainly change as our needs change, to research and hopefully begin to make sense of your situation.
It’s not too late to get involved! Every Lyons resident and business owner is encouraged to become involved. If you can’t make Recovery Working Group meetings - but still want to make your views known before the Recovery Action Plan is voted on by the Town Board of Trustees, there will be a public meeting where you can do so. It is called the Lyons Recovery Planning Exchange and will be held at LifeBridge Church 10345 Ute Highway, Longmont, CO 80504 on Wednesday February 19, 2014. Doors open at 6pm and the event begins promptly at 6:30pm. At this meeting, the work of all Recovery Working Groups will be shared, and feedback from all attendees will be collected. It is highly encouraged for Lyons Public to attend this meeting and get involved.
TONIGHT's Public Facilities Recovery Working Group (RWG) Location Change
The 6:30pm-8:30pm Public Facilities RWG meeting location tonight is being moved to the Outlaw Saloon dining room (160 Main Street, Lyons).
Need Help Recovering? Resource from World Renew
Do you need help recovering from the 2013 Flood with needs such as rebuilding or repairing your home, paying your mortgage, replacing personal property or others? If so, you are encouraged to come to one of our walk-in centers: February 10-22.
Why should you meet with the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group?
It will help connect you to a personal resource navigator within the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group who can help find funds, volunteers and other resources
It will help the community understand the scope of recovery needs in order to apply for grants, donations and other aid.
Next Week's Schedule for US 36 Emergency Flood Reconstruction Between Lyons and Estes Park
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration – Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) strongly urge motorists to travel on State Highway (SH) 7 between Lyons and Estes Park, as delays are lengthening significantly due to the heavy volume of traffic on the corridor. As part of the US 36 Emergency Flood Reconstruction project, blasting will continue next week, but at this time no two hour, three hour, or overnight closures are scheduled. This coming week, crews will also be performing excavation and embankment work, which will cause major delays for motorists traveling through the area. The following delays should be expected this week on US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park (weather permitting): · Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9: Stops of 30 minutes · Monday, February 10 through Friday, February 14 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Stops of 10 minutes · Monday, February 10 through Friday, February 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stops of one hour · Monday, February 10 through Friday, February 14 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night:Stops of 30 minutes · Saturday, February 15: Stops of 30 minutes
During blasting activities, crews will be loosening sections of the mountainside and then removing the loosened materials from the roadway. On average, the highway will be moved inland away from the river 20 feet, with the range varying between five feet to 50 feet. Altogether, an expected 210,000 cubic yards of material is expected to be removed (the equivalent of 210,000 dishwashers). The materials will be recycled and used to not only stabilize the embankment below the highway, but will also be used to stabilize the river channel. Leftover materials will be donated to other area reconstruction projects underway by towns and counties still recovering from the flood, including the County Road 80 (Longmont Dam Road) project underway by Boulder County and the city of Longmont. Unfortunately, no materials will be available for donation to private citizens. Throughout the duration of construction, cyclists are not permitted on US 36 within the work zones, and several trail access points will be closed for safety reasons. Other flood-impacted highways will remain open for cyclists, who ride at their own risk and are urged to ride using extra caution. American Civil Constructors, Inc. is the contractor for this project. For additional questions or comments about the US 36 repairs project, please contactUS36FloodRepairs@PublicInfoTeam.com or call the project hotline at 970-591-0001. Further information about the project is also available on the project website atwww.coloradodot.info/projects/floodrelatedprojects/us-36-lyons-to-estes. Motorists are encouraged to sign up for email updates about the project by clicking on the green cell phone icon on the right hand side of the project website. To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.coloradodot.infoand click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Information about weekly lane closures will be available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html. Live road conditions are available at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/coloradodot.
Fight Your Math Phobia
Do you avoid math? Do you want to help your kids with their math homework? Do something good for yourself this year and make a resolution to tackle your fears! Come join us for math nights at the Walt Self building on Wednesday nights (6:30-8) for a little math fun. We will be doing fun activities to help you build your number sense (it’s just like common sense, except with numbers!), re-learn some of that math you may have forgotten or perhaps never learned, and looking at the history of math.
No grades, no tests, no judgment, just a relaxing place where you can learn to love the subject you’ve hated! Class size is small so you’ll get a lot of opportunities to talk and ask questions. The class is free to participants and begins March 5th and runs until April 9th. The class will be lead by Karen Ikegami and Andy Jennings. Karen has been a science and math educator with 11 years of experience of helping people get over their math fears and Andy comes with a degree in physics and practical applications for math. To register for this course please call Lyons Parks and Recreation and leave a message with your name and phone number at 303-823-8250.