The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.
There’s several things you can do to help those in Colorado even if you don’t live close by. For example, the Longmont Humane Society can use your donations directly — since Thursday morning, they have sheltered 55 dogs, 34 cats, 1 grey goose and 2 leopard geckos as flood victims. Help them with their mission by donating cash or supplies from their Amazon wish list. They’re updating their Facebook page regularly.
Also, Foothills United Way has established the ‘Foothills Flood Relief Fund’ to be used toward health and human services for those affected by the flooding in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Check out the link from CBS, as well as Occupy Denver and Occupy Boulder Flood Relief's Facebook pages. These two organizations have come together to share a multitude of resources and information.
As always, if you live in the area, be safe and help thy neighbor. As of now (9/15/13, 4:23 PM MST), there are 326 people unaccounted for in the area. The local sheriff’s department is asking those who have self-evacuated and are not at shelters to call in and report they are safe. Here’s the details from the Office of Emergency Management for Boulder County:
If someone who lives in a flood zone has self-evacuated to a safe location, they are asked to call in to the Public Call Center, to report that they are safe. That number is 303-413-7730. If you have reported someone as unaccounted for previously and then learned that they are safe, please also report that to the Public Call Center as well.
Here’s the latest on evacuation orders, road closures, boil advisories, and shelters from the floods in the Boulder area.
This is now being called a 1,000 year flood as Coloradans brace for four more inches of rain this afternoon. And it’s not just Boulder. It’s an area roughly the size of Connecticut. Here’s the rundown from the State Office of Emergency Management:
- Nine counties and five city Emergency Operations Centers are activated.
- Flood conditions are spread across the Front Range across 15 counties including: Boulder, El Paso, Larimer, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Fremont, Jefferson, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Washington, and Weld counties. This is almost 200 miles from north to south.
- Fatalities: 5
- Reported Missing: 1,253 (approximate and changing throughout the day)
- Evacuated Persons: 11,700
- Shelter Population Total: 1,872
- Shelters: 26 Shelters open
- Declarations: FEMA –Major Disaster Declaration (CO4145) | FEMA – 3365-EM Emergency Declaration
- Residential Structures: 17,494 damaged | 1.502 destroyed
- State Emergency Operations Center is operating at 24 hours at Level I
- Information updates posted at www.COEmergency.com , Twitter @COEmergency, and Facebook at COEmergency. Hashtags: #COflood, #BoulderFlood, #JeffcoFlood, #LarimerFlood, #WaldoFlood
- Donations and Volunteer Information: www.HelpColoradoNow.org or 2-1-1
- Register at www.SafeAndWell.org to let families members know you have evacuated safely or to check on loved ones.
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