As people in Colorado begin to return to their flood damaged communities, American Red Cross workers are providing food, shelter, relief supplies and emotional support.
As many as 100 people spent Tuesday night in four Red Cross shelters in Colorado. More than 860 trained Red Cross disaster workers are deployed to the affected area where they have served more than 58,000 meals and snacks, handed out more than 74,000 relief items and provided as many as 6,600 health and mental health services.
As residents start to go back home, the Red Cross is distributing relief items at Disaster Assistance Centers, Red Cross Emergency Aid Stations and aboard the 24 Red Cross emergency response vehicles traveling through the region. Red Cross workers are also providing individual recovery support, and health and mental health services.
NO WARNING Rick Rivera was very proud that the deck he built withstood the onslaught of floodwaters in Milliken, Colorado. He had only resided in his home for two weeks prior to the floods. “I’d never built anything before,” he reported.
As a new homeowner of the Evergreen Mobile Home Park, he had just replaced the siding on his home, put in new flooring and repainted all of the rooms. Much of his hard work washed away when the rising floodwaters swept through his neighborhood.
“We had no warning,” Rivera explained. “By the time we got out of the house the water was a foot deep.” He and his family are staying with his brother and awaiting the birth of a son due to arrive in the coming weeks.
Wearing the gloves he picked up from the Red Cross distribution center in Milliken, Rivera has been helping his neighbors in the mobile home clean up, trying to salvage what he can. Red Cross Disaster Mental Health workers have been in the community for over a week now, helping residents and reminding everyone to wear dust masks, gloves, and protective gear.
COMMUNITY BUILDING SPARED Many foundations were put to the test by the flash floods that ravaged communities throughout Colorado. Many families find themselves salvaging what’s left or starting over.
One of the oldest homesteads in Boulder County was spared from the brunt of floodwaters. Just over a week after the storm moved through the area, the Agriculture Heritage Center staff and volunteers were back at work mending fences and repairing damage to some of the property’s 130-year-old foundations.
“We rebuild; it’s all we can do,” said Charles Reed, a mason by trade, and handyman for the historic homestead now turned heritage center. As many residents begin recovering, the Red Cross is providing vital resources as families begin coming back home.
HOW TO HELP If you would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.