At a recent Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Broomfield, Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum and city manager Jane Brautigam talked about last September’s flood.
According to a report from the Boulder Daily Camera, Appelbaum stressed that while they certainly couldn’t have been completely prepared for the record-breaking flood that impacted areas not prone to flooding and outside of the flash flood season, some things did work in the city’s favor.
The disaster planning that the city did helped in the crisis, Appelbaum said. Extensive open space, multi-use creek paths, high-hazard property acquisition and their collaboration with other organizations not only helped mitigate some of the damages from the disaster but have helped in the rebuilding process as well.
Also helping with the rebuilding is funding from FEMA, Brautigam explained. However, because Boulder needed to use its own money upfront before getting reimbursement from FEMA, the city was also fortunate to have had financial reserves. A problem with FEMA, she went on to explain, is that it only helps communities to get back to where they were before the disaster. City officials hope to “build back better” though, she said, creating a community that is stronger and more disaster-resistant than before.
Housing Helpers supports the efforts of the city to rebuild and believes it will be stronger, both in terms of disaster resistance as well as in the community sense. In terms of the Boulder real estate market, the Boulder market is thriving, but the signs of the flood are still apparent as you drive through certain neighborhoods in Boulder County.
Housing Helpers got its start in Boulder in 1987, and we have been pleased with the way the City has continued to thrive in spite of the flood, but also proud to consider Boulder our home. If you’re interested in making Boulder or any of the other area communities your home too, contact us.