September 2013 flooding at the University of Colorado Boulder

Resource table at UMC, view photo galleryThe University of Colorado Boulder has been impacted by the flooding that began on September 11, 2013. While the majority of our campus is well above the flood plain, some buildings have received minor damage from water in basements, crawlspaces and in low-lying sections. 

As the CU-Boulder campus and the city and county of Boulder resume operations, we are concerned about the impacts of the flooding on each member of our campus and surrounding community. Accommodations are being made for members of our campus community impacted by flooding. For additional details, please review the following information.

Who to contact for campus support and resources

Campus support and counseling resources: 

Counseling and Psychological Services: Free and confidential counseling for students. Center for Community, S440 303-492-6766.

Office of Victim Assistance: Free and confidential counseling and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and their significant others. Center for Community, S440 303-492-8855.

Psychological Health and Psychiatry: Confidential counseling for students for a fee or using your Buff Gold Insurance. Wardenburg Health Center 303-492-5654. 

Student Legal Services: For questions regarding rental properties and personal property, and general legal advice. University Memorial Center, 3rd Floor. 303-492-6813

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Free and confidential counseling for faculty and staff. Administrative Research Center (ARC) East Campus, A353 303-492-3020.
Coming up: "FSAP Workshop: Restoring Balance in Times of Trauma and Stress." Feeling overwhelmed trying to adjust to stressful and/or traumatic life events? FSAP invites faculty and staff  to join this interactive workshop on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at 1:15 to 3 p.m. in UMC 382-386. To register, please email or call 303-492-3020.

Comprehensive list of campus counseling and support resources.

Other campus information 

Campus closing procedures: Information regarding campus closures, including leave guidance, related to emergencies.

Disaster Leave Guidance: Information providing additional leave guidance, including information for pre-evacuees, evacuees and those who have suffered losses due to this emergency. Also includes information about the campus’s leave sharing program. (En Español)

Working Together: A State of Colorado employee resource that provides financial grants up to $500, subject to available funds and individual circumstance, to eligible State of Colorado Classified Employees.

Employee Services Resource Sheet: A comprehensive listing of Employee Services information, including extensions on benefits enrollment periods, using your CU Health Plan, emergency distributions from pension and savings plans and loan options.

CU Victim Assistance Disasters Section: Online resources related to disaster support found on the CU Victim Assistance page under the disasters section.

CU Disaster Recovery Fund: A fund to help CU's students, faculty, staff and the campus recover from financial setbacks caused by recent events.

Flood mitigation and mold growth concerns: An Environmental Health & Safety update regarding recent flood damage.

Additional information: 

FEMA Disaster Assistance: President Obama has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Boulder County. People affected by the flood, even if they have flood insurance, should register with FEMA immediately.

No matter how big or small the damage is, please report it with FEMA. You can visit or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). 

Boulder County flood resources website.

City of Boulder flood resouces website.

Be wary of scams during flood recovery.

Health and safety after a flood: Information about how to safely clean up property and stay healthy after a flood.

Foothills United Way Foothills Flood Relief Fund: The funds raised through this effort will be used toward health and human services for those affected by the flooding in Boulder and Broomfield counties.

Volunteer and donation resources: Information for those interesting in volunteering and donating. Dial 2-1-1 for additional information. Also visit the CU Volunteer Resource Center.

Food Assistance Resources:

Food Pantries:

Food assistance in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, CO

Shelter information: 

Shelter locations are variable.

See the Boulder flood information website for the most up-to-date information. Students in need of housing options should contact the Office of Student Affairs at or call us at 303-492-8476; or Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations at or call 303-492-7053.

Campus reopening letters to:

Faculty & Staff | On-Campus Students | Off-Campus Students

Other support links/information: 

Emotional response and coping: Information about coping with emotions following disasters and other emotional traumas.

Coping with the Aftermath of a flood: Information about coping with emotional hardships following a flood.

Managing flood related responses: Information on managing flood-related distress. 

Campus and county emergency updates

Campus emergency updates: Campus emergency information, including campus closures.

Boulder County emergency updates: County emergency information, including road closures and shelters.

Coping tips:

  • Be extra patient with yourself and others. Things will not instantly restore themselves. Restoration (both physical and emotional) takes time.
  • You may experience a range of emotions and moods can change unexpectedly.
  • Take news breaks.
  • Don’t overlook the feelings of children. They need to feel that they can count on you for extra attention, love and support.
  • Try to keep diet as nourishing as possible for needed energy.
  • Try to focus on the big picture; it can give you a sense of competency.
  • Talk with friends, family, counselors, or support systems; a supportive network is important. 

Helping others:

  • As much as possible, provide practical help during the flooding. 
  • Listen. One of the best ways you can help is to just listen. You don’t have to come up with solutions or answers. 
  • Show by words and actions that you care. A friendly arm around a shoulder or a few words of support and encouragement can help in times of crisis. 

For any other inquiries or information, please call the Boulder County emergency call center at 303-413-7730.


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