Project Name: St. Vrain Creek, Longmont, Colorado Flood Risk Management Study
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Authority: Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948, as amended
Sponsors: City of Longmont
Current Phase: Feasibility
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Omaha District) is partnering with the city of Longmont (non-federal sponsor) on a study to evaluate possible flood risk management solutions along the St. Vrain Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River in Longmont, Colorado.
The principal problem this study aims to address is the high existing risk of flooding and flash flooding of residential, commercial, and public infrastructure. In September 2013, the St. Vrain Creek experienced catastrophic flooding. Sections of Colorado Highway 7, U.S. Highway 36, local roads and public, residential and commercial properties along the St. Vrain Corridor were destroyed. One of the hardest hit communities during this flood event was Longmont. The St. Vrain Creek within the city of Longmont exists within a wide-bottom valley which is geologically unconfined. This area is highly urbanized with residential, commercial and industrial land uses. Development has restricted or influencted the alignment of St. Vrain Creek.
The purpose of the St. Vrain Creek feasibility study is to identify the potential for developing flood risk management solutions, which could be structural and/or nonstructural, that are beneficial to the public, economically viable, and environmentally acceptable.
Project Update: The Omaha District and the city of Longmont held an open house on February 16, 2017 at the Longmont Museum. The purpose of the open house was to provide area residents, businesses and other interested parties with information on the recently initiated study as well as listen to public comments and concerns.