Unrelenting rains continue to pound the Front Range of Colorado today, and President Obama signed an official disaster declaration for the area over the weekend. Six people have died and another 1,253 are still unaccounted for. Four inches of rains fell on Larimer County yesterday, bringing the number of buildings affected by the flood up to nearly 17,500, with 1,502 homes destroyed and 11,700 people under evacuation orders, according to the Denver Post. Nearly 300 people from Jamestown and another 1,200 from Lyons, two towns who became cut off after flood waters destroyed roadways there, have been evacuated by helicopter, but rain and fog is grounding many choppers again.
Vail Resorts donated $100,000 towards recovery efforts and announced it would add another dollar from every season pass sold this winter.
A few resources for those affected by the flood:
· DisasterAssistance.gov is open for those who have sustained personal or business losses from the flood, with all of Boulder County currently eligible. More announcements of towns and counties that can apply are expected in the near future. Weld, Larimer, and Adams counties were recently added to the Individual Assistance declaration.
· This map from Boulder County shows all current road closures in the area.
· And this blog post from Boulder-based Eco Handyman has step-by-step instructions from those who are dealing with flooded crawl spaces and basements. You can also call them directly for assistance at 303.444.2181.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected in the area. If you have a story from the flood you'd like to share, please feel free to hit us up on the tipline at email@example.com.