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Blogsadmin's blogAFTER THE FLOOD
AFTER THE FLOOD

While it is heartbreaking that the inevitable flood event has finally occurred, we should be grateful that no one was seriously injured, or even killed - a miracle considering the magnitude of the event. This is a testament to the preparedness of Emergency Services and its Director Dan Eamon.  Good job Dan and crew, and the entire response team!  After years and years of a grassroots lobbying effort (requesting that the city to prepare a strategic master plan for floodplain mitigation and transformation of the river), an RFP and contract was just recently let and work finally begun.  A couple of preliminary public outreach presentations were made at Rhythm on the River in July, and at Festival on Main in August.  
 
Planning consultant MIG/ Winston Associates held their first "stakeholder" meetings, ironically, just the week before the big flood.  I personally was scheduled to meet with the City Manager's office / (Sandi Seader) on the morning of Thursday, the 12th, to discuss a strategy for positioning the St Vrain corridor as an "Innovation District", in order to help raise capital for funding floodplain mitigation improvements to avoid a flood disaster.  Ironically, the meeting was canceled due to the very disaster that were scheduled to discuss.
 
I have to confess, that even after nearly seven years of efforting at attempting to bring more awareness and a heightened sense of urgency to this looming crisis, I never truly expected to witness it in my lifetime.  After "holding my breath" for another spring flood season, I felt more assured that we had dodged the bullet once again.  Not only is the event rare, but came unexpectedly to me this late in the year.  
 
My apologies for falling behind in blog postings to this site for the past several months.  I have been more focused on one-to-one meetings with Council and staff, and with feet on the ground activities.  Be well, and stayed tuned for more updates to the Campaign for the Saint Vrain. The work is just beginning.  I am optimistic that we will bounce back, even better than before.  - Mike

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