Colorado flood season officially begins

KUSA - April 1 marks the first day of the Colorado flood season.

The No. 1 flash-flood risk area in Colorado is Boulder County.

"Some of the issues that we've faced because of the flood that happened in September are huge amounts of sediment and debris," Mike Banuelos, spokesman for Boulder's Public Works Department.

Crews are working in all 15 drainage basins to clear out potential flood-inducing hazards,

"There's also the ability for potentially that debris to build up and create a dam," Banuelos said.

People walking along Boulder Creek will see a heavy machinery in the water lifting rocks and trees out of the water to clear the path for the expected snow melt.

Lori Kashman walks her dog nearly every day along the creek. Although, the work is noisy, she says it is a welcome site.

"I mean it's essential. I think there's a lot of anxiety about what's gonna happen," Kashman said. "We did get, of course, all the water and we've had a nice winter as far as a lot of snow in the mountains. So, I think there is a lot of fear that with everything that was damaged, it could cause of a lot of problems."

Monthly flood siren tests will begin on April 7 in Boulder County and continue on the first Monday of the month through August. During an emergency, the sirens are used to alert residents to potential danger from a flood or other immediate threat.

READ: Spring 2014 Post-Flood Companion Guide

Siren tests ensure that all systems and procedures are working properly during the season of peak flood danger. The tests also promote public awareness of the warning sirens located throughout Boulder County.

If a flash flood warning is issued, heed all instructions and stay away from Boulder Creek and other areas where flooding is occurring. Climb to higher ground immediately and avoid drains, ditches, ravines and culverts. For more flood safety tips visit

"The CU and Boulder communities know all too well how flood waters can quickly rise and cause damage," said Stuart Pike, CU-Boulder emergency management director. "It's critical that faculty, students and staff have their contact information up-to-date in order to receive timely information from the CU-Boulder Alerts system."

Active CU-Boulder student email addresses ( are automatically registered and the university encourages students to add mobile phone numbers in order to receive text notifications as well. Faculty, staff or affiliates of the CU-Boulder community with an (or or email address are encouraged to register on a voluntary basis.

Additional information on the CU-Boulder Alerts system is available at For more details on how to sign up for alert systems in the city of Boulder and other local jurisdictions, see

Boulder is holding a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Casey Middle School to answer flooding-preparation questions.

"Really we want people to be aware and the best way to do that is to be our eyes and ears in the community," Banuelos said.

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