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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated their flood plain maps, resulting in some changes in the flood plain in the Brush! area that will be going into effect in 2017. Below is some information and resources to educate the community on the changes, how it can affect some property owners, and what you can do in response.
Most all properties east of Ray Street are within the 100-year Beaver Creek floodplain. Although serious flooding has not occurred since 1965, it is critical to take appropriate precautions when conditions arise. Local radio stations are the best sources of up-to-date weather information and necessary emergency action. Take the radio with you to the appropriate shelter to know when the danger has passed.
To alleviate flooding, Brush has a drainage system consisting of swales, ditches and piping which carries storm water to contained areas. Maintenance is extremely important. Citizens are expected to help maintain ditches located in the right-of-way of their properties. City Code prohibits the accumulation of garbage and debris within a natural drainage system.
The City is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program. Brush has a floodplain ordinance regulating filling, grading, construction, or other improvements that may increase damages if flooding occurs. Regulations govern such things as elevation, location of electrical boxes, furnaces, water heaters, etc. within a floodplain. It is imperative to contact the City's building department before undertaking any new construction or improvements within flood hazard areas.
Remember that standard homeowner's insurance policies do not cover losses due to flooding.
Flood Protection Assistance
The city responds to all complaints from citizens. There are two primary types of drainage complaints received at the City: storm water system issues and private property drainage. Eastern Colorado is subject to summer thunderstorms that can deposit several inches of rainfall in a very short time which can cause localized street flooding. Storm water system complaints typically occur during a storm event. Complaints during a storm event are called into County Dispatch and the designated duty person responds to the call.
Other calls received at City Hall are routed to either the Public Works or Community Development Departments depending upon the nature of the complaint. A work order is written for any service requests received at City Hall. City staff then responds to the work order and assists the citizen however possible. The Public Works Department responds to issues related to the storm water system and Community Development inspects issues on private property.
The Community Development office also provides information related to the floodplain. This information includes floodplain location, base flood elevation, flood elevation certificates, special requirements for construction, and guidance for consulting with other technical experts such as land surveyors and engineers.