boulder-flood

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

Statewide

  • 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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PSA to my followers (all 3 of you):
I changed my avatar. It used to be this:

because my city and state were on fire earlier this summer.

Now it is this

because it won’t stop raining and the state is underwater. 

No, seriously. This is a highway here.

Whatever the opposite of a rain dance is, do that. 

Currently in the flood waters in Boulder, Colorado. I know this doesn’t seem like much but you have to realize that we live in a DESERT. The creek by my house has now turned into a RIVER. Rain isn’t supposed to stop until Saturday morning. I ask that everyone send out their best wishes to everyone in Colorado. We need it.

As I write, it is Sunday night.  It’s been raining all day, and we are once again seeing flooding across the region.  And the relief group once again spent all day building infrastructure and organizing volunteer efforts.  In less than three days we’ve sent out five cleanup teams, built a database of 400 volunteers, raised two thousand dollars, established relationships with a dozen other organizations, and built a large online presence and internal digital communications system.

It is still raining outside and fresh information about devastated areas and new evacuations comes in every few minutes.  There is a growing feeling that the damage is absolutely massive, but at this point, no one really knows.  All we can do is organize as quickly as possible and help as many folks as we can, while staying safe ourselves.  But ultimately this is a once in a generation natural disaster that will have permanent impact in central Colorado.  There is nothing that citizen’s groups like Boulder Flood Relief, or more established organizations and agencies can do to avert that fact.

More information about Boulder Flood Relief is available at boulderfloodrelief.org and they are on Facebook at Occupy Boulder Flood Relief.

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Our pool table and surrounding basement turned into a literal pool this morning due to the flood waters here in Boulder. It’s getting real out there… And it’s not over yet. Lets hope it doesn’t get worse tonight. Keep NoCo in your thoughts folks, all our rivers are flooding and there is potential for some big dams to breach. Not psyched.

Huge thanks to our mop-up crew for coming to the rescue and special thanks to Peter Lee and Matt Tschol for bringing the pumps!!! We would be straight-up drowning without these things.

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Live updates and coverage from The Denver Post of what the National Weather Service is calling “biblical” flash flooding in Boulder, Denver, Commerce City, Longmont and Colorado Springs. At least three people are confirmed dead.

This is updated every few minutes with road closures, city curfews, and evacuations.