Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week

 

The National Weather Service wants everyone to be part of a Weather Ready Nation. Colorado has more than its fair share of floods…flash floods…and wildfires. You should be weather ready...and know how to stay safe when floods and wildfires affect your area.

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed this week...March 17th to march 23rd as Colorado flood safety and wildfire awareness week. Now is the time to learn more about floods and wildfire in Colorado...and develop your plans. Its personal...make your flood and wildfire preparedness plans now.

Flood prone areas have been identified in 268 cities and towns and in all of the 64 counties in Colorado. Over 250 thousand people live in floodplains in Colorado. There are estimated to be 65 thousand homes and 15 thousand commercial...industrial...and business structures in identified floodplains. There are likely many more structures located within unmapped flood hazard areas. The value of the property...structures...and contents located in the identified floodplains is estimated to be nearly 15 billion dollars.

Floods have killed nearly 500 people in Colorado since the turn of the 20th century...and caused an estimated $5 billion in damage.
 
On average 2500 wildfires occur across Colorado each year. In 2012...6 people were killed when wildfires occurred in the wildland-urban interface.

The national weather service forecast offices which serve Colorado will
Issue a series of public information statements during this flood safety and wildfire awareness week...covering the following topics…
  

Sunday...introduction to the week
Monday...flood watches and warnings
Tuesday...river floods
Wednesday...flash floods 
Thursday...fire forecasts…watches…and warnings 
Friday...wildfire safety and mitigation
Saturday...review of the week


More information on floods and wildfires is available at your local national weather service web sites…
www.weather.gov/denver      nws denver web site
www.weather.gov/pueblo      nws pueblo web site
www.weather.gov/goodland  nws goodland web site
www.weather.gov/gjt              nws grand junction web site

 


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