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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Keep Our Floodplains Clean, Know Your Flood Risk

Cherry Creek

Dumping of trash and debris in our floodplains and open space kills native vegetation, promotes weed growth and contributes to potential flood flow blockages. This is also a Parker Municipal Code violation, so please do not dump material of any kind into the floodplains and open space. 

To promote good water quality, plan to make compost out of leaves that fall to the ground rather than applying fertilizer. Leaves contain nutrients that are helpful for grass, as well as provide protection over the winter. Excess fertilizer that is washed off of yards, driveways and sidewalks gets into water bodies and the nitrogen and phosphorus can cause algae growth and toxin production. This is especially harmful in Cherry Creek and the Cherry Creek Reservoir.

The purchase of flood insurance provides protection in the event your property experiences flooding of any kind. This type of protection is not covered by a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. The Town of Parker participates in the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating System, which allows for a discount on flood insurance for all property owners within Parker.

The Town of Parker's Stormwater Division manages the floodplains and floodways associated with several major drainageways inside our community. These efforts are based on the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Maps prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as engineering studies funded by the Town and the Mile High Flood District. These studies are available for review at Town Hall or online at www.ParkerOnline.org/Stormwater. Elevation Certificates for some properties are also available at Town Hall. 

Town Engineering staff is available to meet in person at Town Hall, at your property or on the phone to discuss your flood risk and provide flood zone information. 

For more details related to flood insurance, please visit www.FloodSmart.gov. You can find more information related to Town of Parker Stormwater operations by contacting 303.840.9546 or stormwater@parkeronline.org.

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