Rain continues in flooded Colorado tonight, September 14. But, it is heartening to read of the successful evacuation of so many people with their animals. The Larimer County Sherriff's Office reported on their FaceBook page, "Our victims advocates told me tonight there were almost as many pets as people getting off the evacuation helicopters today, 475 evacuated!"
One Lyons man described being evacuated by the National Guard with his 4 dogs and 3 cats. "We had to go (through) knee-deep water, at least. We had to wade our animals across into the truck to get them there. That was the first thing you can grab, your loved ones -- and that's what we have."
Sometimes it was the animal who did the rescuing as with the blind man who was saved by his guide dog. It happened in Denver. Ronnie Webb was walking his dog when he was knocked over by floodwaters. The guide dog jumped in after him and both were sucked into a culvert. Incredibly a Denver policeman saw it happen and helped pull the two from the water. The officer reported, "He and the dog were in the tunnel for 17 minutes. I'm sure he used the dog to keep afloat."
One of the most incredible accounts of what people are enduring was in the Denver Post. The article, which details the ordeal of those who are without news of loved ones as well as what those loved ones are going through, is well worth reading. It also affirms that the helicopters are bringing out the whole family.
"Jessica Darling's face lit up as a Golden Retriever stepped off the yellow school bus. She lunged for the dog, ruffling his fur before she jumped up and kissed her father, Dale Darling. Jessica broke down in tears as she wrapped her arms around her mother, Shan Darling.
And like a magic trick that finally inspired awe, she pulled a rabbit out of her mother's backpack and hugged it to her chest."
Of course many animals and people are still in need of rescue, but communities are stepping up where possible.
If you were evacuated and had to leave your animal at home, please contact our Boulder Animal Control Call Center at 303-413-7730.
Call Longmont Animal Control at 303-651-8500 or (303) 651-8595 if you have household pets needing rescue from an evacuated home.
If you need assistance with evacuating your animal(s) please contact a Jefferson County Animal Control Officer directly at 303-271-5070 (press 0 to bypass the message)
If you need assistance with your animals, please call (970) 226-3647 and press 7 to reach Animal Protection and Control.
Those with displaced animals in the Firestone area should contact Community Service Officer Michelle Powers at (303) 419-8747.
The information above on who to call is taken from this writer's article Animal evacuation shelters for Colorado flooding. That article is being updated daily with information on where to take evacuated animals.
Equine rescuers are readying for when they will be able to go to the flood affected areas.
The situation for horses is dire and help is needed. Fleet of Angels is asking for volunteers with equine experience to get ready to deploy when the flooded areas are able to be accessed. You need to first register at FleetOfAngels.org if you have a trailer, a dry (enough) pen, stalls, arenas, extra hay, even sleeping quarters for horse owners and haulers, hot meals for helpers, etc. Evacuating before the storm was not possible for most, so evacuating post-storm will be needed ASAP. With homes, barns, vehicles, and fields being washed away, equines will be in desperate need of help. We need many more volunteers in Colorado ASAP. After registering, ask to join the FaceBook group. Further instructions will be provided there to registrants.
FaceBook pages to monitor are
- "Colorado Floods & Severe Weather" with information on the flood disaster
- "Colorado Disaster Wildfire / Flood Lost & Found Pets" with information on animals in the disaster
- "Colorado Lost & Found Pets" is an established page for those missing animals.
Stay safe, Colorado. Our hearts are with you.
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