Case Studies: Profiles of Resiliency in Action
Colorado Hazard Mapping
Colorado Hazard Mapping: Senate Bill 15-245 created a 3-year natural hazard mapping program to be implemented by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Geological Survey. The State’s method of addressing the vulnerability to hazards is unique due to its integrated, multi-hazard approach, including the development of new methodologies for erosion, coupled with the State’s proactive approach to funding this initiative during the rebuilding process, rather than waiting for federal funds to become available long after the recovery is complete
Resilient Design Performance Standards
The Boulder County Collaborative received CDBG-DR funds from HUD for work that addresses the long-term disaster recovery needs from the 2013 floods. As part of their responsibilities in administering this funding, the Collaborative needed to develop resilience performance standards for any infrastructure projects the funds would be used for. To address this requirement, the Boulder County Collaborative set forth on developing the Resilient Design Performance Standard.
I-70 Risk and Resilience Pilot Study
The Colorado roadway network suffered severe damage from the 2013 floods exceeding $700 million to Federal Aid-eligible facilities alone. Following this extreme weather event the Colorado Department of Transportation sought to identify design alternatives that would increase the resilience of the affected sites. In particular, they sought to address their vulnerabilities to future shock
events through comprehensive analysis and integrated design approaches, which help mitigate and minimize future losses.
Larimer County Resiliency Framework
Larimer County communities developed the Larimer Community Resiliency Framework, a regional resiliency framework to build local resilience to future shocks and stresses. The Larimer County framework established a collective vision and goals for the county, participating municipalities, and community-based organizations, examined existing conditions across six resiliency sectors, and developed actionable strategies and priority projects to address vulnerabilities.
Colorado High-Hazard Dam Release Tool
Dams provide essential services that are often unseen to many. However, large amounts of water may be released even when dams are functioning properly due to intense rainfall, rapid snowmelt, or other unanticipated circumstances. This can result in flooding to downstream communities.
Colorado Dam Safety developed the Colorado High-Hazard Dam Release - Downstream Floodplain Impacts Database and Ranking Tool to better understand where communities are at risk from dam releases and help identify and prioritize alternative floodplain mitigation and emergency preparedness solutions.
Resilient St. Vrain Project
When the 2013 floods came, officials’ fears came true and Longmont experienced significant flooding throughout the city, particularly areas along the St. Vrain Creek. The most significant flood event in the city’s history, the devastating floods damaged and destroyed hundreds of homes, businesses, and public areas. Longmont knew that it had to start taking action right away to make the Creek, and the community, more resilient against future flooding events if it wanted to avoid similar losses and damages.
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