The Colorado flood of 2013 by the numbers

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 10:45am.

The following are figures released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in October regarding assistance provided to Coloradans affected by the flood of 2013 in September:

  • $49.4 million+ – The amount FEMA has approved in housing assistance and grants for other essential disaster-related needs, including medical, dental and funeral expenses and lost or damaged personal possessions.

  • $50.7 million – The amount the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved in federal disaster loans to Colorado homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations that sustained damage from the severe storms and flooding.

The remaining figures were valid as of their release on Oct. 11:

  •  $60.7 million – The amount of state and federal assistance and low-interest loans granted as of Oct. 11.

  • $41.3 million+ – The portion of the federal assistance provided as Individual Assistance (IA) to assist Coloradans with repairs to primary homes and cover other disaster-related expenses such as medical or personal property loss as of Oct. 11. Other survivors have benefitted from disaster unemployment assistance, legal aid and temporary sheltering in hotels and motels.

  • 190+ – The number of inspectors in the field who have looked at nearly 21,000 properties in the nine designated counties.

  • $91.5 million – The amount of money the State of Colorado has made available in the Disaster Emergency Fund to the 24 counties with state emergency declarations.

  • 9 – The number of counties with FEMA IA designations; they are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan and Weld.

  • 10 –  The number of counties with FEMA Public Assistance (PA) designations – Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Washington and Weld.

  • 24 – The number of Colorado counties with state emergency declarations; they include Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Otero, Park, Pueblo, Prowers, Sedgwick, Washington and Weld.

  • 488 – The number of disaster loans (totaling nearly $19.4 million) the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance, a partner in the recovery effort, has approved for residents and businesses in disaster-designated counties in Colorado.

  • $13 million – The amount in disaster loans approved for Boulder County residents and businesses as of Oct. 11; Larimer has been approved for $2.1 million and Weld County for $2.7 million.

  • $6.3 million – The amount the FEMA-administered National Flood Insurance Program has paid for 588 claims.

  • 270+ – The number of FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) specialists who have canvassed hard-hit Colorado neighborhoods to help survivors connect with recovery services.

  • 10,500+ – The number of survivors who have talked to local, state, nonprofit, nongovernmental and FEMA specialists.

  • 15 – The number of Disaster Recovery Centers in Colorado counties. To ensure that Coloradans receive information about assistance, FEMA provides information in Spanish and many other languages.

  • 7,700+ – The number of Coloradans who have met with mitigation specialists at DRCs and at local hardware stores to learn ways to rebuild structures so they are more resilient to future storm damage.

FEMA continues to work with state and local governments to reach survivors in inaccessible communities. DSA specialists are traveling to these communities by all-terrain vehicles, on foot and other means to help survivors in these areas register for assistance.

Six states are supporting Colorado’s flood recovery efforts through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). These states include North Dakota, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Alabama and Montana. Additional assistance from National Guard units from Iowa, Utah and Wyoming have or are providing assistance in Colorado.

Individuals and business owners who sustained property damage are encouraged to first register with FEMA prior to the Nov. 14 deadline.

Register with FEMA by phone, 800-621-3362, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., MDT, seven days a week.  Multilingual phone operators are available on the FEMA helpline. Choose Option 2 for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362.

Register online: Register by Web-enabled device, tablet or smartphone: type in the browser.

For more SBA disaster assistance information, call (800) 659-2955 (TTY 1-800-977-8339) or go to


Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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