|Recovery Newsletter #1 - Update 3|
Saturday, November 09, 2013
The following information is from Jim Boyd - dated Nov 8th. Some content pertains to the Retreat and other content pertains to all residents of the area.
Connell Resources continues to extend and improve CR43 from Drake towards Glen Haven. They have widened the road and are in the process of installing a culvert in the low-water crossing today (Friday). The road should be easily drivable by most vehicles with good clearance by this Sunday. Four wheel drive and all wheel drive is NOT necessary. Please note that residents should enter the Retreat through the Dunraven Glade entrance and not lower Streamside Drive. Lower Streamside is still badly washed and has many hazards on it. Upper Streamside Drive is fine. Black Creek Drive has been completely washed-out and is not accessible. Access to Copper Hill, Saddle Ct., Fisherman's Lane and Sheep Ln must be made from Dunraven Glade Road to Miller Fork to Copper Hill Rd.
The following Propane Companies have been contacted about making Sunday deliveries to Retreat Residents:
FerrellGas will be making Sunday deliveries beginning this Sunday.
AgLand/Peak-to-Peak Gas will make Sunday deliveries, beginning this or next Sunday, depending upon requests
AmeriGas is accepting requests for deliveries to be made on Sunday, November 17, call by Wednesday, 11/13
PolarGas will not make any Sunday deliveries
Suburban Propane will make a Sunday delivery if they have enough requests
Please note, access to the "back" of the Retreat, past the Miller Fork river crossing (Copper Hill, Saddle Ct, Fisherman's Ln, Sheep Ln, Miller Fork Rd), is not accessible for any vehicles besides passenger vehicles. The RLA board is working on getting this river crossing widened to accomodate delivery trucks and emergency vehicles, but we do not know when that will be done. If you live on the other side of Miller Fork Rd, please do not order propane until this crossing is widened.
Mail Delivery at the Glen Haven Post Office:
Speaking to numerous management within the Postal Service has been frustrating. We have gotten many different excuses from each person to whom we have spoken. Bob Clarke has been very helpful in working through some of the governmental maze. We are encouraging EVERYONE to please call John Hite at the Postal Service Customer Service office in Denver and express your desire to have mail delivery restored at the Glen Haven Post Office immediately. We have been told many different stories and have heard that it could be 6 months to a year before they are able to restore delivery to the Glen Haven Post Office. Our greatest concern is that keeping the Glen Haven Post Office closed that long will be the beginning of the end for our Post Office, local mail delivery and our Glen Haven addresses. It is important that the Postal Service hear from as many Glen Haven residents as possible, to know how much we value our Post Office and how we want it re-opened now. Please call Mr Hite at 303-853-6550 within the next few days and tell him how important it is that our mail delivery be restored to Glen Haven immediately. The Post Office was the one building in downtown Glen Haven that did not get any water in it. Yet the excuses for not re-opening it are as if it had been seriously compromised. Please speak-up now or we may not have a Post Office in Glen Haven.
GHAVFD - Board of Directors
|Recovery Newsletter #1|
Friday, November 01, 2013
Greetings from the GHAVFD Board!
As you all know, the flood caused significant damage throughout the Glen Haven area.
All of the buildings in downtown Glen Haven are either completely destroyed, or severely compromised.
County Road 43 from Drake to Glen Haven continues to be impassable because of the severe damage. Connell Construction road crews are presently working on this section to create a pioneer road in order for residents to access their property, winterize their house and remove their car(s). One crew is working from Drake up to Streamside. A second crew is working from the Retreat Bridge to Glen Haven. There is no official opening date; however, everyone is hopeful the pioneer road from Drake to Streamside will be available for limited access by mid-November, December 1st at the latest.
Residents of Glen Haven are able to drive, with caution, down County Road 43 from Estes to the post office area. Permits for this entrance are available from the Larimer County Sheriff’s office. Parking is limited.
Most of the roads, bridges and culverts within the Glen Haven area were destroyed or compromised. The post office was not compromised, but presently closed. Because of your previously received generous donations, the new firehouse was nearly complete, unharmed, and now serves as the command post for community information and assistance.
The time table and recovery process for your property depends greatly on its location. The Glen Haven Association (GHA), the Retreat Landowners Association (RLA) and several residents are doing a great job keeping their members and e-mail contacts up-to-date. However, not every property owner is getting all of the information. This Board feels it is important that all property owners know what is going on within the entire Glen Haven area. Over the past 18 months we have created a very complete database of all property owners, and their associated contact information, within our fire protection district. We have over 300 unique and accurate e-mail addresses. Accordingly, we plan to use this contact database to keep everyone updated on the recovery efforts for all association and non-association members - via these email newsletters. If you are a member of one of the associations, specific questions should be directed to your respective association president. If you are not a member of an association, this Board, via this e-mail address, will do its best to get an answer to your question.
Please feel free to forward this, and all future correspondence, to anyone you feel would benefit, especially to those residents who may still be living in the area but have no internet access. We would also like to receive additional e-mail addresses from property owners whose contact information may not currently be included in our data base. If you know of a property owner who did not receive this e-mail, please encourage them to forward their e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org in order for them to receive future correspondence.
Board of Directors
Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department
(Dwayne Ballard; Jim Broomfield; Eileen Croissant; Sarah Fink; Tony Fink; Jason Gdovicak;
Tom Housewright; John McKinley; Mary Nolan; and Jack Vaughan)
Newsletter #1 – November 1st, 2013
Message from FEMA meeting October 29th, 2013
If your home in the Glen Haven area is your primary residence, damaged or undamaged, and you have had road, bridge or culvert damage on your private road, you MUST apply to FEMA if you want assistance. You SHOULD be given financial help.
If your home in the Glen Haven area is a second home, damaged or undamaged, you still SHOULD apply to FEMA if you have had road, bridge or culvert damage on your private road. You MAY receive some financial help.
Be sure to state, in each of these cases, that your damaged road provides the only critical access for emergency vehicles and services to all homeowners, including those who live on private roads beyond your home. Apply to FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362. Registration deadline is Nov. 14th.
Estes Park Power and Light
The following letter addresses power restoration within Glen Haven and the Retreat:
October 22, 2013
Dear Estes Park Light & Power Customer,
Estes Park Light & Power has successfully reconnected many homes in the Retreat area and a large area around Fox Creek Road and downtown Glen Haven. Visit the Town of Estes Park website estes.org (click Road Closure and Utility Outages map under Hot Topics).
The Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department, Retreat Landowners Association & Glen Haven Association were able to coordinate volunteers to cut power to most of the homes before re-energizing the power lines. Some of the older homes, mostly in Glen Haven, did not have outside main breaker switches. In these situations, plastic boots were placed on the line to prevent power from entering these homes. These boots can only be removed by Estes Park Light & Power staff or a licensed electrician.
You are required to have a thorough inspection of your home before turning on your home’s electricity. The State of Colorado Electrical Board is offering free inspections to verify safety of any flood-affected property. Please call 303-894-2980 to make the request. Even if your home is elevated and far from the river, water from run-off or groundwater, infiltration may have entered the lower level through the foundation or cracks. Look for evidence of any water seepage in crawl spaces, basements, roof vents, walls and fireplaces.
Electrical wiring and appliances that were in contact with water must be evaluated by a qualified professional to ensure there’s no risk of fire hazard when the power is restored. This danger exists no matter how long ago the water dried up. Any electrical repairs must be inspected by a State electrical inspector. Seek professional advice about the restoration of your property and hire appropriate, qualified professionals to undertake the repair work.
CAUTION: As you travel to your property, please be aware of your surroundings. Power lines may still be on the ground and touching them may result in serious injury or death.
Estes Park Light & Power
The following letter addresses power restoration within Glen Haven.
October 30, 2013
Dear Estes Park Light & Power Customer,
Estes Park Light & Power crews continue to make great progress in the Fox Creek and North Fork areas.
As of today it will be required that homeowners call the State of Colorado Electrical Board to arrange a free home inspection to verify the electrical safety of any properties in the flood-affected areas before we can reconnect power to any homes.
You can make arrangements by calling 303-894-2980. An inspector can meet with you or your designated representative at the site. Once the inspector has been in your home and completed the inspection, he will notify Estes Park Light & Power by issuing a “meter release”. Receipt of this meter release notifies crews which addresses are approved for reconnection and they can do the work while they are in the area during the week. The homeowner does not need to be present at the site for L&P to reconnect.
If your home is not approved by the State for reconnection, the inspector will provide you with details on what needs repair. After the required repairs are completed, a re-inspection will be necessary.
By following this course of action, the process will be simplified for everyone. Our goal is to get your power back on safely to your home.
Thank you for helping us accomplish this safely and efficiently.
Estes Park Light & Power
News from the Retreat Landowners Board
As said in our prior correspondence to Retreat landowners, we are hopeful that we will have access via CR43 in three weeks, though restricted. You can still hike in through Glen Haven to your property which many are doing.
Please check the Retreat website at www.retreat-glenhaven.org frequently for updates.
If you have questions, please call the Retreat office located at Hobert Office Services, 970/586-9519 or email email@example.com. You can also contact any of the board members listed on the website.
News from the Glen Haven Association Board
Glen Haven Association Board members met with FEMA public assistance task force leader Maynard Rost and a claim specialist, road specialist, hazardous mitigation specialist, debris specialist, and a public assistance representative for the State of Colorado Friday, October 25, 2013. Good news! Our Town Hall and our old Firehouse are eligible for replacement funding. It is yet to be determined if they can be replaced in their original locations. Except for CR 43, our roads are privately owned and maintained by GHA. To determine eligibility for FEMA and/or state or county funds to repair our roads, we must first develop a plan and a cost estimate for that plan for permanent replacement of roads and bridges within the responsibility of the GHA. We are contacting engineers to make this happen, and as soon as we have the information needed, we will submit the plan and a claim to FEMA. We will follow-up with whatever appeals may be necessary. We are also researching any and all other funding sources available.
If anyone can remember details about how the reconstruction of roads and bridges was financed in 1976, please email that information to Dave Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 970-667-5968.
Senator Michael Bennet toured our damaged roads and buildings with Dave Johnson and Jason Gdovicak on Friday. Thank you to the Mayor and Town Manager of Estes Park and Estes Park Light and Power for the “Pioneer” roads that have been constructed to allow restoration of power to many properties in the Glen Haven area. Some have not been restored due to damage at individual electrical service entrances to buildings. Owners of these should contact Estes Park Light and Power to see what they must do to have their power restored.
Crews from Century Link were working on telephone lines late last week.
The “Pioneer” roads are accessible by 4 wheel drive with high ground clearance only. It is rough going, and there is often no access from the “Pioneer” road to driveways because of extreme elevation differences like from 2 to 8 feet in some cases.
Dave Johnson spoke with the FEMA debris specialist October 28, 2013, and was informed that Larimer County is selecting a debris contractor today to begin hauling debris out of Glen Haven. They have been requested not to haul out potential firewood resources.
GLEN HAVEN STRONG!
From the Fire Chief (GHAVFD)
Where to start? First off I want to personally thank everyone who has helped in any way with what’s going on in the Glen Haven area. We have had so many people helping in many ways and we will be working on getting individual thank you acknowledgements out when we have more time.
I will be going back to work starting November 4th and we are currently trying to come up with a schedule of operations for the fire house. All I can say for now is that we are planning to continue having the fire house open on a limited basis from now until the beginning of the year. Hundreds of items have been donated to the community and are currently stored in the new fire house including: food, water, pressure washers, chainsaws, clean up kits, shovels, a couple of log splitters (coming soon), internet access, computer, phone, and printer (these are set up in the back of the truck bay for anyone to use). We ask you not to use the land line dedicated to the Fire Department. Please see a Fire Department member, or someone familiar with the building, to obtain any of these items.
We are trying to get back to some sort of normalcy for the Fire Department (don’t quite know what that looks like yet) but as of right now we seem to be running a lot of operations that we normally wouldn’t be doing. We will be getting back to our training schedule starting November 6th with elections of officers and going over what our responsibilities will look like for the future. We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. We are asking for help to:
1. Organize volunteer groups that want to help with clean up.
2. Update the GHAVFD website (We currently don’t have the resources to perform this task.)
3. Still looking for someone to be a project manager for all the operations for the Glen Haven area (with me going back to work it’s going to be difficult to try to do both.)
Some safety items I would like to remind everyone of:
1. Don’t touch power lines on or near the ground; treat all power lines as if they are powered up.
2. With winter approaching, please take caution on County Road 43 from switchbacks down to Glen Haven. Please only travel the road if your vehicle is equipped to do so safely (i.e. good snow tires or chains, 4x4, etc.) Larimer County is working on getting a pickup truck with a plow and a sander in the back. As of right now they are unable to plow and sand the road with their current truck. The road could be completely closed if it is unsafe for residents to travel. The Fire Department will make that determination along with other officials if necessary.
3. If you use wood to heat your residence make sure the flue is in proper working order. Have it inspected by a professional before use, and only use seasoned firewood to reduce soot buildup, which causes chimney fires.
Jason Gdovicak, Chief
970-586-5406 (Fire House)
PO Box 53
Glen Haven, CO 80532
Starkey Labs, through the Starkey Hearing Foundation, has generously offered to replace (totally free of charge) any flood victims Hearing Aids that were verifiably lost as result of the flood.
Please call Cody Sanders at the Greeley Hearing Centers
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