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Aug. 24 Open House Offers Look at New Floodplain Maps and Mitigation Work

Post Date:08/17/2017 11:36 am

City staff will be on hand to answer questions and help residents learn more about how upcoming resiliency efforts in Longmont may affect their property or their travels. Residents are encouraged to stop by anytime between 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road.

View Updated Floodplain Maps

Floodplain maps impacting Longmont are being updated to reflect higher flood flows than the previous maps. These maps, which show a larger floodplain than the previous maps, will be presented for adoption to City Council in September. After receiving Council approval, these updated floodplain maps will be used for planning and development purposes. Copies of these updated floodplain maps will be available during the open house to help residents pinpoint whether their property is located in an impacted area. You can also learn more on our flood information webpages.

Flood insurance premiums will not be re-evaluated until these updated maps are adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is anticipated to be in early 2019. Longmont's Floodplain Administrator will be on hand to explain how acquiring flood insurance now (and locking in lower rates) can save residents money in the long run.

Learn about South Pratt Parkway Bridge Replacement

South Pratt Parkway Bridge was built in 1970 and is now too narrow for traffic volumes that cross it daily. Construction on the new bridge will begin in 2017 and will result in a wider, longer bridge that will convey vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, as well as safely pass the updated 100-year flood flows.

A rendering of the new bridge will be on display during the open house. City staff will also be able to suggest some alternate routes for your commute via car or bike during construction.

See Details on the Next Stages of the Resilient St. Vrain Project

Progress continues on Resilient St. Vrain, Longmont’s long-term project to protect people and property from future flood impacts. Photos and updates on work that's underway now at Sandstone Ranch and in the segment from Left Hand Creek west to Main Street will be available. A rendering of the new Dickens Farm Nature Area planned for this area in 2018 will also be on display.

Next up will be the creek section from Main Street west to the BNSF railroad bridge area. Residents can learn about how this next area of construction will be divided into segments, how construction might impact their properties, and renderings of how area plantings will look once work is complete.

We’ll also have some staffers on hand who know our city’s bike routes inside and out. They can share their tips for navigating the area during construction.

No RSVP is needed for this event.

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