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Colorado Flood update: Hundreds stay in shelters overnight

Colorado shelter

Shelters and evacuation centers remained open in Colorado overnight to support those seeking refuge from widespread flooding.

Across the state, 719 people stayed in a total of 8 shelters and 1 evacuation center. Four of those shelters were operated by the Red Cross while 4 others were supported by local communities or other organizations. The Red Cross is also working with partners such as the Salvation Army and the Southern Baptist Convention to provide meals, snacks and water for evacuees as well as emergency responders.

Here is a list of the shelters that were open along with their populations as of midnight:

Red Cross managed:

  • Adams City High School = 111
  • Mapleton YMCA, Boulder = 78
  • Erie Community Center, Erie = 34
  • Arvada High School, Arvada = 1
  • First Presbyterian Church-weber Street Center, Colorado Springs = 10
  • Shelters managed by other organizations:

  • Lyons Elementary has moved to Lifebridge Christian Church, Lyons = 25
  • Burger Recreation Center, Lafayette = 10
  • Niwot HS, Longmont (moved from Silver Creek HS in Longmont) = 150
  • St Vrain Memorial, Longmont (moved from Silver Creek HS in Longmont) = 300
  • Note: The shelter at Evie Dennis Elementary School in Denver was closed Thursday evening due to lack of population.

    The Red Cross urges all residents to take appropriate emergency actions to protect lives and property. If you are told to evacuate please do so immediately and move to higher ground as quickly as possible. If you are in a multi-level home you should move upstairs to avoid being impacted by flood waters. If you are stranded in a vehicle you should remain in the vehicle until water recedes or emergency personnel arrive to help you. For more flood safety tips please go online to

    If you are looking for loved ones that might be affected by the flooding, or, if you are someone who has been displaced please go to the Red Cross Safe and Well site to search for someone, or to register yourself. That web site is

    The Red Cross has mobile apps available that will alert you to National Weather Service warnings for severe weather and flash flooding, and provide you with preparedness and safety information. These apps are available for Android and iPhone platforms and are free to download from