Colorado flood victims get help from Red Cross, partners

The American Red Cross Urges Iowans to Prepare for Floods

The American Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management, the Colorado National Guard and local community partners to support shelters and evacuation centers in numerous locations for residents affected by flash flooding.

At 9 a.m. today, the Red Cross will meet with the National Guard so that the National Guard can help transport 200 cots, 200 blankets and three Red Cross shelter workers to support the shelter at Lyons Elementary school, where approximately 200 residents are evacuated. Red Cross workers and supplies were unable to reach this site without National Guard support due to impassibility of roads and hazardous wastewater en route to the site.

The Red Cross will also provide sheltering supplies that the National Guard will transport to the Jamestown area to assist residents there.

Red Cross volunteers continue to staff a shelter at the YMCA of Boulder Valley, 2850 Mapleton Ave., in Boulder, where 30 people had checked in as of 8 a.m. Breakfast is being served there. The Red Cross also has a shelter open in Estes Park. Outside of Boulder County, Red Cross volunteers opened an evacuation point in Manitou Springs overnight. The evacuation point was closed around 5 a.m. after flash flood threats passed.

In addition to these sites, the Red Cross is providing support in terms of expertise and guidance and is in contact with on-site shelter staff at a number of community-run evacuation points and shelters, including:

- Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat, which is a camp that has pillows, blankets and beds and reported 9 overnight stays.

- Nederland Community Center, which reported no overnight stays.

-Longmont Memorial Center and Silver Creek High School in Longmont, which are being operated by City of Longmont workers who have received Red Cross shelter training. Silver Creek High School reported 20 people on site.

For more information about the community shelters and evacuation points, please visit www.boulderoem.com.