Colorado Flood Update Noon 9-15: Shelters and How to Help

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The best way to help is to make a financial donation to support disaster relief.

Red Cross volunteers are staffing shelters or evacuation centers at numerous locations throughout the state, providing a safe place for people to evacuate along with blankets, cots, food and comfort.  Saturday night, about 1,250 people stayed in 26 shelters open in Colorado, including 10 shelters run or supported by the Red Cross.

As of noon today, these are open shelters that are run by or supported by the Red Cross:

• BOULDER: Mapleton YMCA, 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder

• ERIE: Erie Community Center, 40 Powers St., Erie (On standby - not staffed but ready to re-open if needed).

• ESTES PARK: Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church, 1575 S. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park

• FORT MORGAN: Fort Morgan Middle School, 300 Deuel St., Fort Morgan

• GREELEY: Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Ave., Greeley

• LONGMONT: Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Rd., Ft Collins

• LOVELAND: Thompson School District R2-J Administration Office, 800 S. Taft Ave., Loveland

• LONGMONT: Mead High School, 12750 CR 7, Longmont

• NIWOT:  Niwot High School, 8789 Niwot Rd., Niwot

The Red Cross will continue to offer a safe refuge for people affected by flooding and is opening new shelters as flood waters spread to new communities such as Sterling. As residents remain displaced, we will continue to offer food, shelter and comfort in the days ahead.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is working with partners to begin planning for recovery, including assessing damages and providing cleanup supplies.

KEEP IN TOUCH: If you live in an affected community, please notify your loved ones of your status via text, phone, e-mail or social media. In addition, list your status on You may also search for people on the site.

DONATING: The best way to help is to make a financial donation to support disaster relief; in addition to responding to this widespread flooding in Colorado, the American Red Cross is also hard at work responding to flooding and other disasters in New Mexico, Arizona and California.

If you have small items to donate, please visit to find out what agencies are accepting goods and where you can deliver those goods.

We are unable to accept small donations of goods, like household items, food and clothing. Each disaster is unique and so are the needs of its victims. Financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most. Please do not bring items like clothing to local shelters.