Flood Preparedness Tips
Sign up for everbridge, Aurora’s emergency notification tool
Know your flood risk by calling the Public Works Engineer on duty at 303.739.7335
Keep updated on weather forecasts
A watch means conditions are in place for severe weather
A warning means severe weather, flooding, tornadoes, etc. are occurring or imminent
Monitor trail closures and follow all trail closures signage and guidelines
Make a plan
Be Red Cross Ready
Prepare a disaster supply kit
Make a plan, be informed of weather concerns
Designate a place where your family can rendezvous after an evacuation order is issued
Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio
Charge up portable electronic devices
Move valuables to higher levels in your home or business
Consider purchasing flood insurance — only flood insurance covers floods
Am I at risk of a flood?
YES! Every home or property is at some level of risk for flooding.
Call the Public Works Engineer on duty at 303.739.7335 for assistance in determining your flood risk.
Other resources for determining flood risk include an interactive map from the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District or this interactive city flood risk map.
What can I do to protect my property from floods?
A great resource for evaluating and mitigating your risk from floods, including flood insurance, is FloodSmart.gov. This program was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
What is Aurora doing to reduce the threat of flooding?
Aurora Water partners with the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District to identify projects to help protect the city from flooding. The status on many of our current projects can be found here.
My park seems to flood easily. Can something be done to prevent this?
Many of Aurora's parks are intentionally designed to hold flood waters when our storm drain systems are overwhelmed. This has helped protect many neighborhoods from extensive damage. We also use some of our flood retention areas as recreational areas. Here's a good video that helps explain this synergy.
Cleaning Up After a Flood
Here are some HELPFUL TIPS to help you get your home back to normal following a major flood.
Disposing of Debris
The Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS) at 3500 S. Gun Club Road accepts most kinds of waste, and recycles many of these items. Disposal fees do apply. Call 720.876.2650 for details.
As an alternative,residents may purchase a "Bagster" at several area stores for about $30 to fill up, leave at the curb and call Waste Management for pickup.There is a charge associated with pickup. Call 303.486.6000 for more information. Residents also might consider teaming up with neighbors to pitch in for a roll-off dumpster to share.
Before paying for additional services, check with your trash provider to see about possible discounted rates for flood-related debris.
To recycle your mattress or box spring for a fee, visit the website for Spring Back Colorado in Denver or call 720.515.1328 for details. If your mattress or boxspring was flood-damaged, please allow it to dry in the sun before attempting to recycle it.
Search this online database to find out if your contractor is licensed with the city of Aurora.
Health Concerns During a Flood
Visit the Tri County Health Department website or call 303.220.9200 for health-related concerns or questions related to flooding.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these tips on how to clean and sanitize after a flood emergency.
The Tri-County Health Department or the city of Aurora code officers cannot inspect or test for mold. The city’s code enforcement officers can go out and visibly inspect for mold in rental properties only and issue a notice to the landlord for cleanup if warranted. We may not be able to take action unless the occupant has a licensed contractor attest to the mold. Call Access Aurora at 303.739.7000 to request a visit from a code officer.
To test for mold: Inexpensive mold testing kits are sold at hardware stores and mold and restoration companies will also test for a fee.
Help Cleaning Up
If you need some assistance in cleaning up your property, call 211 to report your need and connect with an agency that might be able to help.
How to Restore Family Heirlooms Following a Flood
Community Development Assistance
The Community Development Single Family Rehabilitation Program and the Emergency Repair Program cannot assist with disaster relief efforts, which can include leaking roofs, structural flooding, standing water, replacement of broken/leaking windows, sewer line backups, basement repairs, etc.
Please contact FEMA at 1.800.621.FEMA (3362) for information pertaining to disaster relief assistance available in your area.
Emergency Housing Repair
These programs are for low-income residents and seniors. Income restrictions apply.
Mile High United Way
Mile High United Way has a 211 Help Line. The 211 operators have many flood relief resources available through that database.
USDA Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Loans
These are loans funded directly by the federal government. These loans are available to very low-income rural residents who own and occupy a dwelling in need of repairs. Funds are available for repairs to improve or modernize a home, or to remove health and safety hazards. This loan is a 1 percent loan that may be repaid over a 20-year period
Home Repair and Rehabilitation Programs – HERO Alliance
Many organizations throughout the state offer low interest loans and/or grants for home rehabilitation, emergency repairs, weatherization, or accessibility modifications. Most programs are area-specific and your home must be located within their parameters to be eligible. The HERO Alliance cannot guarantee eligibility or fund availability. Please contact each organization for more information, eligibility criteria and fund availability. (There is a list on the web page)
They provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. 720.524.0840
Home Repair Loan Program
Programs with Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Colorado Housing Search
Colorado Housing Search is helping flood victims in impacted areas.
Landlords, if you have available units, please log in and update your listings immediately. Call 1.877.428.8844 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents in need of housing may search through the listings. For assistance with searching, call 1.877.428.8844 or email to email@example.com.
FEMA Interim Housing Resources
FEMA Housing Portal
This portal is intended to help individuals and families, who have been displaced by a disaster, find a place to live. The portal consolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA), private organizations and the public, to help individuals and families find available rental units in their area.
Replacing Important Papers
After a disaster, important papers may be destroyed, lost or damaged. The following is information on how to replace your important papers.
Birth and Death Certificates
To replace a birth or death certificate for U.S. citizens who were born or died in the United States, visit www.vitalrec.com or contact:
Vital Records Office
Colorado Department of Health
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
For birth records of U.S. citizens born abroad, visit http://travel.state.gov/ or request a copy of Form FS-240 (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) from:
U.S. Department of State Passport Services
Vital Records Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Room 510
Washington, D.C. 20036
This address is also used to obtain a “Report of the Death of an American Citizen Abroad” form for U.S. citizens who died abroad.
Citizenship and Naturalization Papers
For papers related to citizenship, immigration, permanent residency (greencard), re-entry permit, employment authorization, etc., visit www.uscis.gov. Complete Form N-565. You may also contact your county court house.
Driver’s Licenses or State ID Cards
Aurora Offices: 14391 E. Fourth Ave., 303.344.8400, or 15400 E. 14th Place, 303.795.4500
To replace your Colorado driver's license or ID card, you must visit a Division of Motor Vehicles office. Bring in one form of acceptable identification (such as a passport or birth certificate), and provide proof of address (i.e. a utility bill, credit card statement, pay stub,vehicle registration, etc.).
Income Tax Returns
Call the nearest IRS office, or call 1.800.829.3676 and request Form 4506 (“Request for Copy of Tax Return”). To find your local IRS office in Colorado, go to: www.irs.gov/localcontacts.
Marriage Certificates & Divorce Papers
Copies of certificates of marriage are available from the county that issued the marriage license, and divorce decrees are available from the county that granted the divorce. For ordering and fee information, please contact the local registrar in the county where the marriage certificate was issued or the divorce granted. To learn where to obtain vital records, including marriage certificates and divorce degrees, contact the National Center for Health Statistics at: www.cdc.gov/nchs.
Military Discharge Papers
Request Standard Form 180 (SF-180) from any office of the Veterans Affairs, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Red Cross, a veterans’ association, or military recruiter. You may also download the form from: www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html. Send the completed forms as indicated in the address list on page 2 of the SF-180.
To find out if you are eligible for veterans’ benefits, how to apply, and what it will cost. Call the VA Health Resource Center at 1.877.222.8387. You may be able to complete an application form online.