Hundreds are still unaccounted for in Boulder and the surrounding areas of Colorado. CNN reported this morning that four people are now confirmed. Water treatment plants are having a hard time keeping up with the heavy water flow, according to the Denver Post.
While the rain waters are reseeding in some areas, the Weather Channel is yet again today predicting even more rain. Many residents are without electricity and without tap water.
Yesterday, President Barak Obama has declared a Federal Emergency for the entire state of Colorado. This action authorized FEMA – the Federal Emergency Management Agency - to coordinate all disaster relief efforts alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by, in this case, flooding on the local population. FEMA, via their website, urges anyone in immediate need for food, water or shelter, should contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from a landline phone.
Several evacuation centers have been set around Boulder, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
• Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak, Longmont
• St. Vrain Memorial Center, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont
• Lifebridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Hwy, Longmont
• Erie Community Center, 450 Powers, Erie
• Nederland Community Center, 750 Colorado 72 N. , Nederland, CO 80466
• YMCA of Boulder Valley, 2850 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
• Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot, Niwot
For any other inquiries or information, please call the Emergency Call Center at 303-413-7730.
Tweets to Follow:
Boulder Office of Emergency Management is at @BoulderOEM
Colorado Department of Transportation is at @ColoradoDOT.
How can you help?
Naturally when a disaster happens, people want to help. FEMA suggests going to www.helpcoloradonow.org. This site, HelpColoradoNow.org, is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. They stress that volunteers should NOT go to the scene. If you wish to physically volunteer, do so through a reputable agency. There is a place on the site to essentially apply to be invited as a volunteer. Financial support is always welcome as well and again there is a link on that site to ensure that the donations go where the need is the greatest. The site also includes a list of material that can be donated, including vacant rental properties and vacation homes.
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