Sample Press Release

The consequences of a major flood on Boulder Creek to human life, property, and to the natural environment can be devastating, as the residents of Boulder County have recently discovered. In an effort to describe thoroughly the impact of recent flooding on the City of Boulder and its inhabitants, a report is being compiled under the auspices of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the Institute of Behavioral Science of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Field workers will investigate the extent of loss of life, property damage, social disruption, and environmental destruction that resulted from recent flooding on Boulder Creek.

The results of this research will be added to earlier work by Gilbert F. White, a noted flood hazard expert, which details public decisions to locate structures within the boundaries of the Boulder Creek floodplain. The report will be distributed to emergency management agencies at the federal, state, and local levels as well as to other interested parties. This research is being undertaken in the hope that lessons from the Boulder Creek Flood of (Month, day, year) may be learned by residents of other communities susceptible to flood hazards and, in the words of Dr. White, that "... the citizens of Boulder may be helped to understand how their community came to be vulnerable to the flood, and the kinds of decisions that may either reduce or enlarge the human consequences of the next large flood."