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URGENT NEWS WARNINGS OF ST. VRAIN RIVER FLOODING – NO BIG DEAL OR A GENUINE THREAT?URGENT NEWS WARNINGS OF ST. VRAIN RIVER FLOODING – NO BIG DEAL OR A GENUINE THREAT?
URGENT NEWS WARNINGS OF ST. VRAIN RIVER FLOODING – NO BIG DEAL OR A GENUINE THREAT?

One often hears of a river as the “lifeblood” of a city.  In the case of the St. Vrain in Longmont, this holds as true as anywhere, and the analogy is befitting.  Think of the river as a major “artery” in the “body” of the city.  Just as most of us seldom think about our arteries, and many people behave in a manner that can clog up and choke-off their arteries, causing a heart attack, so too has Longmont too-long neglected its river. 

Outdated bridges, roads and other development can act to constrict the natural flow of a flood, just as plaque in arteries.  In the case of a 100 year flood, much like a blocked artery causes a blow-out; a restrictive bridge can force the flood out of its natural riverbank and in some areas of Longmont, widen the historic floodway up to TWENTY TIMES ITS NATURAL WIDTH!

YES, this is a serious threat to the well being of the city.  Fortunately, the Public Works, Planning, and other city departments have been taking a proactive role in mitigating this threat for the past few years, including the Lykens Ditch project, and requiring new bridges to be built to higher standards.  The City Council has also recently voted to bring this more to the forefront of resident’s awareness in a community outreach campaign.   The expense of mitigation can be high, but the cost of inaction, including life safety, could be exponentially higher. 

The good news is that with VISION, there are solutions that can be brought to bear that not only will bring about mitigation of the threat, but can create new economic, social, and recreational vitality in Longmont.

Kudos to the City for their actions over the past two years, but much more needs to be done.  Whether or not this year is the year of the “BIG FLOOD” – such a flood WILL occur, and could be devastating to the City.  Join the CAMPAIGN FOR THE SAINT VRAIN, and make a difference.

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