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BOULDER, Colo. – From Sept. 11 to 15, 2013, the City of Boulder and communities across the Front Range experienced significant rainfall that led to flooding, loss of life and widespread damage.?Ten years later, we reflect on the strength of our community and the work we’ve done to prepare for future floods.
The City of Boulder, in partnership with Boulder County, the cities of Longmont and Louisville, the towns of Erie, Lyons and Superior, and the Carnegie Library for Local History, has created an interactive website about the flood. The website highlights the extent of the flood, outlines the recovery efforts that followed, shares community stories and includes a list of local 2023 flood remembrance events.
As part of this effort, the city is reflecting on the strength of the Boulder community a decade later. Community members are invited to share their reflections and stories of resilience and strength through audio clips, art, sculpture, written works and any other media that expresses their experience. Some works will also be displayed in the City of Boulder Main Library, just off the Canyon Gallery from September to December, and showcased at the What’s Up Boulder community event on Sept. 10, 2023.
Community members are also invited to join city staff and staff from the Maria Rogers Oral History Program on Sept. 12, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m., to share and listen to one another’s experience in story circles at the Carnegie Library for Local History.
“The 2013 floods were a defining moment for Boulder. Our community experienced significant damage and loss,” said Mayor Aaron Brockett. “We also saw neighbors helping neighbors and incredible moments of kindness that showcased how resilient we are. It is important to come together and remember these experiences, to remember that strength and continue to learn from them to prepare for the future.”
Visit the city’s website to learn more and to share your experiences.