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What to Do If You Are Affected by the Flooding

Posted Monday, September 16th 2013 @ 10pm

Returing home after a natural disaster can be daunting. What do you do? How do you start rebuilding your life after the disaster.

Northern Colorado Disaster Assistance Center

The Northern Colorado Disaster Assistance Center will open with limited service on Monday, and will then be able to offer a full range of services starting Wednesday. The services the center will offer will include:

  • Housing and Business Assistance 
  • Mental health services 
  • Temporary food assistance 
  • Resources and referrals on insurance and financial matters. 
The center will be open weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm. Proof of residency in the flood zone will be required. The center will be located at: 

Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology (formerly Agilent)
815 Southwest 14th Street, Building B
Loveland, CO

Access from the entrance off Taft Avenue north of Southwest 14th Street, with access to the center clearly marked with signs.

A phone number will be released shortly. In the meantime, you can call the Loveland information hotline at (970) 962-2020. 

Click here for a map

Flood Cleanup Assistance Now Available

Larimer County residents who need help cleaning their homes and/or removing flood debris can now register for assistance.

Many nonprofit organizations from across the United States are arriving in Larimer County to help with flood clean-up and recovery. United Way 2-1-1 will serve as the central registration point for clean-up assistance. Residents can register in person or over the phone to be placed on the waiting list. 

  • Register over the phone: Call 2-1-1 (or 970-407-7066 from a cell phone) between 7:30 am – 7:30 pm and ask to be placed on the Flood Clean-Up Assistance list.
  • Residents can go to the Disaster Recovery Center, located at 815 Southwest 14th Street, Building B, in Loveland to register. This service will be available daily from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

The waiting list will alert volunteer organizations that assistance is needed and enable them to contact residents directly.

Due to overwhelming need throughout Larimer County, we cannot guarantee that all residents will receive assistance, and the average wait time may be several weeks.

American Red Cross Guide to Repairing Your Flooded Home

The American Red Cross has published a guide called "Repairing Your Flooded Home." It has a good deal of information that can help you get your home back to normal. It offers tips on how to enter your house safely, how to repair problems in your home, and how to make file paperwork for insurance claims. 


If you are in need of housing, many landlords have offered their properties for free or reduced prices to flood victims. 

To find housing, visit

If you are a landlord that wants to list a property for free to flood victims, please email or call Mike at 970-412-6742 for detail. 

Need Help with Disaster Resources 

Does the disaster recovery process confuse or overwhelm you? The United Way can help provide disaster resources. Simply call 211 from your phone to be connected to disaster assistance resources. 

Larimer County has put together a throrough guide on how to recover from the flood. You can download it on the Larimer County Flood 2013 Long Term Recovery page or click the button More Information button below to download the guide. 

Debris Removal 

Residents of Fort Collins should call their trash removal company to discuss the removal of flood related debris. 

Loveland residents and county residents within close proximity to the city, within the flood zone/evacuation area can place flood damaged materials at the curb/roadside for removal.

The City will begin collecting flood damaged debris; working from west to east, from Glade Road to Boise Avenue within the flood/evacuation zone on both the north and south side of the river corridor.

You can download the debris removal guide from the City of Loveland, and get more information on debris removal from the City of Loveland Solid Waste department or call 970-962-2529. 

FEMA Grants and Loans: Registration Process

Individuals who have suffered losses need to register with FEMA to be eligible for any federal grants or loans. Larimer County expects individuals to be eligible for some level of grants due to the flooding of 2013 being declared a disaster eligible for Individual Assistance.

Register within 60 days by telephone, online, or in person.

In determining what level of assistance will be available, FEMA will look at whether any losses are covered by insurance and whether the individuals would qualify for Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans (which cover more than just businesses) prior to looking at the potential for FEMA grants.Individuals with mortgage or home equity loans may qualify for SBA loan consolidation at low rates.

It is important for individuals who might qualify to get their applications submitted within 60 days. This ensures their ability to resubmit later and take advantage of the fact that, unlike a bank, the SBA can make loans based on the pre-disaster value of property.

Farmers and ranchers who want to make a claim for agricultural losses (as opposed to their home) should go through the Farm Services Administration, rather than the SBA.

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