BRC After Action Report.pdf

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Executive Summary
From September 10th-15th, an unusually
sustained storm settled over Colorado’s
Northern Front Range bringing heavy
rainfall to the area and creating widespread
flooding. The event was unprecedented in
the number of drainages affected and the
duration of the rainfall and was declared
a federal disaster on September 14th.
The storm created new single day rainfall
records, set new records for landslides in
the interior United States, caused $2 billion
worth of damage, necessitated the largest
air evacuation since Hurricane Katrina, and
resulted in the deaths of eight people.

community members experienced little
to no impact, while their neighbors found
their homes and lives changed forever.
This uneven distribution of affect made
it difficult for people to sit by and watch
their community suffer, but there was scant
situational information available and no
readily apparent opportunities to volunteer.
The Front Range area has a very active
volunteer community, and it was difficult, if
not impossible, for many to remain out of
the action.

Community Response

Recognizing the opportunity for grassroots
relief efforts to make an impact in response
to the floods, CU students and members
of Occupy Boulder began to organize
to provide volunteer opportunities and
homeowner assistance. Very few groups
were recruiting, let alone accepting,

The rainfall pattern created a highly diverse
set of effects for those on the ground,
resulting in great variety in relief and
recovery needs and straining emergency
response resources to their limits. Some


Boulder Flood Relief