The Colorado and Wyoming Red Cross has been busy responding to emergency requests from local emergency management and local residents due to power outages, home fires, flooding and winter storms.
Our teams supported 5 adults with temporary lodging and referral information due to flooded basements. One family of 2 adults and 1 child were provided temporary lodging due to a lightning caused home fire.
An emergency shelter was opened in Larimer county Friday night due to concerns for evacuations due to flooding. No residents came to the shelter. An evacuation center was opened Saturday afternoon in Manitou Springs in response to the flash flood warning and subsequent closure of US-24. A total of 8 people visited the shelter. An emergency shelter was opened in Woodland Park early Sunday morning to support people affected by a power outage and the expected cold weather conditions. There were no residents at the Woodland Park shelter.
A total of 10 volunteers along with additional staff participated directly in this weekend’s emergency response. Several other volunteers and staff worked behind the scene to coordinate people, supplies and responses.
Over the weekend our operations management teams coordinated with local emergency and state emergency management concerning flood potential over much of eastern Colorado from La Junta to Greeley. Disaster response volunteers have been placed on standby and response plans are in place in case there is a need for evacuations and sheltering due to flooding.