Starting on September 9, the state of Colorado received a huge amount of rain, causing intense flooding and massive amounts of damage. Flood waters cover almost 200 miles from North to South and affect 17 counties. A state of emergency was declared, authorizing federal search and rescue teams, and supplies be sent to the area. The devastation, though, is far-reaching:
- Nearly 19,000 homes were damaged, and more than 15,000 were destroyed.
- 1,750 people and 300 pets were rescued by air and ground. Six people were killed.
- 5,250 gallons of crude oil spilled into the South Platte River when storage tanks in Milliken were damaged.
- 200 miles of state highways and 50 bridges were destroyed.
Quick repairs are absolutely critical, since winter weather will make highway work far more difficult. Please donate now to organizations helping Colorado recover:
- American Red Cross – supplying food, shelter, and relief items such as clean up kits, rakes, tarps, shovels, flashlights, gloves, coolers, comfort kits, and insect repellant.
- Foothills United Way – established the ‘Foothills Flood Relief Fund’ to provide needed health and human services to those affected by the flooding in Boulder and Broomfield counties.
- Salvation Army – deploying mobile canteens, and is providing hundreds of thousands of meals to displaced people.
- Save the Children – working with American Red Cross to create “Child-Friendly Spaces” in evacuation centers to ease the trauma on children.
- Weld County Humane Society – providing assistance to the more than 300 displaced pets rescued by air and ground.