Flooding typically occurs when prolonged rain falls over several days, when intense rain falls over a short period of time, or when debris buildup causes a river or stream to overflow onto the surrounding area. Flooding can result from the failure of a water control structure, such as a levee or dam.
Flood-prone areas have been identified in 267 cities and Towns and in all of Colorado's 64 counties. Colorado is susceptible to wildfires, which also makes our state susceptible to flooding in heavily eroded burn areas. Familiarize yourself with weather alerts and advisories to help you be prepared.
Explore the information below to learn what you can do to prepare your home for a flood, including how to get flood insurance.
Information courtesy the READYColorado project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security program known as the Denver Urban Areas Security Initiative.