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The Town of Estes Park is taking action to better understand the flood hazards our residents face. The hydrology study report available below is a crucial first step in building a safer, more resilient Estes Park community. The new study replaces a version adopted decades ago and factors in 30 more years of relevant data along with advancements in technology and methodology. Additionally, the study results have undergone a rigorous peer review process to ensure the most accurate and scientifically sound results possible. We're proud to share the following final results of this effort with you. Based on the decisions this information will guide to avoid disaster and save lives and property, we strongly believe the overall value of this information to our community is immeasurable.
Read the hydrology study report
Contact Tina Kurtz, (970) 577-3732, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any comments, questions or feedback regarding the study.
Help Protect the Estes Park Community From Future Floods
Unfortunately, many more homes and businesses than previously thought are at risk of property damage and economic loss from future flood events.
The 2013 flood taught us that the 30-plus year-old flood data significantly underestimated flood risk, highlighting the need for new floodplain mapping. These new maps are currently being produced as part of the CO Hazard Mapping Project for flood-affected areas including Estes Valley.
Mitigation efforts made by the Town of Estes Park, business owners and residents can help:
Residents and businesses can help with flood mitigation by engaging in educational opportunities, providing feedback and supporting the community’s needs. They can also undertake mitigation and resiliency efforts on their own properties. See below for how to participate in community flood mitigation and techniques for floodproofing property.
View more tips and information for property owners
National Flood Insurance Program Workshop on Oct. 24, 2016
The Hydrology Study is a scientific study of Fall River, Black Canyon Creek, Dry Gulch and the Big Thompson River to further understand flood flows. Once the study results are published in December, the data will serve as the basis of flood mitigation projects, help the Town receive grants, and be used for the new floodplain maps.
The Town is working with an elite U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team known as the "Silver Jackets" to identify flood mitigation measures for downtown buildings. Through this program, the Silver Jackets will make recommendations for best flood mitigation measures, such as floodproofing, for these individual buildings. Study recommendations are not required to be implemented. However, doing so can reduce flood risk and future property damage, and may be beneficial when new floodplain maps are adopted.
Letter to downtown businesses about the program (pdf)
Video from May 9 Public Meeting
What is a 100-year flood?
The term "100-year flood" is used in an attempt to simplify the definition of a flood that statistically has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year. So, a 100-year floodplain includes all areas that have a 1% chance of experiencing flooding in any given year. However, this doesn't mean that a flood will only happen once every 100 years - the frequency of flooding is all up to chance.
Is Estes Park’s flood mitigation program related to the Downtown Estes Loop project?
The Town of Estes Park, along with partners at CDOT and Central Federal Lands Highway Division, are studying the need for realignment of traffic through the downtown core. This initiative is not part of the Town’s flood mitigation program although some benefits may exist. To learn more, visit www.downtownestesloop.com.
Estes Park Flood Mitigation Overview (pdf)
100-Year Flood Handout (pdf)
New Preliminary Floodplain Maps FAQ