News, Media & Events: Colorado


New flood maps have been developed for the City of Creede and unincorporated areas of Mineral County. If residents or businesses feel there is an error in the map, they have a 90-day period to provide scientific or engineering data. Any comments on incorrect labels or other minor errors will be received during this time as well.

National Dam Safety Awareness Day Banner
National Dam Safety Awareness Day seeks to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility and best practices for dam safety, as well as what steps can be taken to prevent catastrophic dam failures. The theme for National Dam Safety Awareness Day 2024 on May 31, is, " Building Resilience: Safeguarding Our Nation's Dams and Empowering Communities."

Preparedness Tips

Floods happen in Colorado not only during spring runoff but can occur year-round. Summer thunderstorms producing heavy rain can result in flash floods while normal rain events over areas affected by wildfire can result in conditions prone to flooding and mudflow for several years. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions and homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover most floods. Remember it does not take a lot of water to cause a lot of damage. Learn more about protecting your home or business with flood insurance.

Wildfires can also occur any time of year and should no longer be thought of as just a problem in the mountains. The devasting Marshall Fire proved both these points in late 2021. Creating defensible space, using ignition resistant construction techniques and taking generally preparedness steps will help keep your family and community safe.

Press Releases and Fact Sheets

FEMA Region 8 has awarded Colorado $705,473 in National Dam Safety State Assistance Grant Program funds to enhance dam safety efforts. This announcement comes in advance of National Dam Safety Awareness Day on May 31.
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Telluride, Colorado will be placed on probationary status by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on March 9, 2024, due to deficiencies and violations with the town’s floodplain management program unless the community can either remediate all outstanding violations or prepare a compliance plan approved by FEMA.
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More than $140 million in funding was announced for communities in Region 8 states. The grant awards come from the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities and the Flood Mitigation Assistance programs.
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