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Health / Safety

Campus damage minimal; victims' aid available

September 16, 2013

As deadly floodwaters destroyed homes and roads in widespread parts of Colorado over the past several days, engulfing some communities entirely, Colorado State University's Fort Collins campus has been, so far, unscathed by the flooding.

CSU's Christman Field is being used as a staging ground for air evacuation operations during the 2013 flooding in Northern Colorado. September 14, 2013The nearly non-stop rain of the past week caused only a few minor leaks in buildings on campus and the campus and city stormwater system was able to handle the runoff.

“Although there’s been a lot of rain, the rainfall has been steady here and that’s really helped, compared to the quick downpours some other areas saw,” said Steve Hultin, director of Facilities Management at CSU. “If the rain had come faster it would have tested the system more, but you have to also remember this is a stormwater system that was completely overhauled after the flood of 1997 and that may well have made a difference, too.”

Hultin points to construction of new retention ponds, berms and large underground pipes which drain water away from campus as part of a larger citywide stormwater management effort implemented after the 1997 flood that devastated parts of Fort Collins and the campus.

“Even the disc golf course at Hughes Stadium is part of the uphill storm mitigation system,” said Hultin.

Although there were no significant flood-related issues on campus, classes were cancelled and campus closed Friday because of road closures in the surrounding community that would have made getting to and from campus especially difficult for some students and employees.

Christman Field serving as base for rescues, support

CSU’s Christman Field is serving as an airbase for 16 National Guard helicopters flying supplies into, and trapped residents out of, areas hardest hit by the destructive floodwaters.

Over the weekend the helicopters helped rescue crews evacuate hundreds of people stranded after floods tore apart roads and turned homes into islands.

The airfield is serving as both a landing spot and a coordinating point for the helicopters aiding the rescue efforts. In 2012, Christman Field was used in much the same way by firefighting aircraft during the High Park Fire.

CSU Extension helping victims in numerous counties

CSU's Extension offices in Larimer and Weld counties have also been reaching out to help flood victims with a response similar to that utilized during the High Park Fire.

CSU has also helped coordinate relief efforts at the Timberline Church evacuation center in Fort Collins. Weld County extension officials are meeting with county commissioners to assess the best way for CSU to help in those hard-hit areas. Extension agents in other impacted counties are also working with officials to aid victims.

For help on a varity of flood-related issues, click the CSU Extension Flood Resources button.

CSUCares

The University recognizes that the flood has directly impacted many people across our campus and community who will need the help and support CSU can offer.

University students, faculty, staff, and retirees impacted by the Colorado flooding may be eligible for emergency funding support through CSUCares, a fund designated to provide emergency monetary relief in the face of natural disasters.  

The university is anticipating a significant need for this support in the coming weeks. Make a gift to CSUCares.

Apply for assistance through CSUCares.

CSU is also encouraging members of the university community to support the American Red Cross to help people across Colorado and other western states where flash flooding has forced thousands from their homes. You can donate online, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  

Additional support

The University Counseling Center and Employee Assistance Program are available to support any members of our community who need counseling services or support.

Safety updates from campus, along with links to information about road closures, will be updated as needed online.

CSU's extension offices in Larimer and Weld counties have also been reaching out to help flood victims with a response similar to that utilized during the High Park Fire.

For help on a varity of flood-related issues, visit CSU Extension Flood Resources. CSU has also helped coordinate relief efforts at the Timberline Church evacuation center. And Weld County extension officials are meeting with county commissioners to assess the best way for CSU to help.