Kevin Houck
303-866-3441 x3219
Flood Preparedness and Response

The CWCB provides leadership to assist in the preparation for and recovery from major flood events in Colorado, including coordination of federal, state and local resources through the Colorado Flood Task Force; dissemination of flood-related information; documentation of flood damages and flooded areas; mapping and re-mapping of regulatory flood-prone boundaries based on the best available information; and technical guidance and financial support to communities on a case by case basis.

Need to Report a Flood?
To report impending or actual flooding in Colorado, call the Division of Emergency Management’s 24-hour emergency line at 303-279-8855. For non-emergency resource questions, call 720-852-6600.

Flood Outlook
The CWCB contracts with Dewberry, to provide a daily Flood Threat Bulletin (FTB) containing a statewide overview of the flood threat facing Colorado counties. The FTB includes:
  1. Statewide 24-hour precipitation map
  2. Daily forecast
  3. 7 to 15-day flood threat outlook
  4. Related weather links
The FTB is coordinated with the National Weather Service (NWS), and encompasses the spring runoff season, the summer thunderstorm season and the early fall monsoon season (May through September).

Snowmelt Flooding
The SNODAS snowpack maps show the snow-water equivalent in the mountain snowpack. Data from these maps is analyzed by the CWCB staff to determine the risk of snowmelt flooding for individual river basins and the entire state.

Additional seasonal snowpack data is available through the following links: ­
CWCB Flood Documentation Program
Each year, known flood events that cause property damage, injuries or loss of life are documented using funds from the CWCB Flood Documentation Program. In most cases, an engineer is sent on site within 24-48 hours. Data collected for future use may include an estimate of the flood frequency; a listing of known damages, injuries or deaths; interviews with local officials and professional experts; rainfall reconstruction; and a review of media reports. Results of this documentation are kept on file and are available to any interested person upon request.

To obtain information about a flood event, or to report a flood event, please contact Kevin Houck at 303-866-3441 x3219.

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 Additional Information

Did You Know?
Flood response actions (e.g. flood warnings, evacuations, sandbagging, flood rescues, etc.) are handled at the local level through appropriate emergency management, fire and rescue, and law enforcement agencies.

Technical Assistance and Grants
The CWCB staff provides expertise with pre- and post-flood mitigation efforts. The CWCB is capable of offering technical assistance to support community or multi-sponsor plans and projects aimed at reducing flood losses. This includes technical guidance for near- and long-term decision making as a result of emergency flood conditions.

A limited amount of funds also are available most years from the CWCB to assist local governments with flood assessment, feasibility, design and planning needs. These funds are intended to assist local governments who are expected to provide a significant cost share toward final products. With limited exceptions, these funds are not to be used to help fund construction.

These funds are awarded to requesting local governments on a case-by-case basis, based on the amount of funds available in any particular year and the amount of money requested. Not all requests will be funded, but consideration will be given to all requests.

For more information about this program or to make a request for financial assistance, please contact Kevin Houck at 303-866-3441 x3219.