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Updates and news and the top issues relating to the Colorado Flood Recovery efforts

Donation Center Information:

The Flood Recovery Center in Loveland needs specific items donated for families and recovery workers.  The community is encouraged to donate these specific items to meet the needs of those continuing to recover from the September floods.

The items requested are:
  • Paper Products: Toilet Paper, Paper Towel, Paper Plates, Napkins, Plastic Place Settings
  • Personal Care Products: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Razors etc
  • Pet Food: Dogs and Cats
  • Laundry Soap
  • Fabric Softener
  • Cleaning Products: Bathroom, Kitchen, Window, Floor
  • Non Perishable Food: Vegetables, Fruit, Canned Meat Products
  • Linens:  New Blankets, Sheets, Pillows, Bath Towels, etc.
  • New toys
  • Financial Donations (http://helpcoloradonow.org)
Items can be delivered to the Flood Donation Center located at 5612 McWhinney Blvd, Loveland, Colorado (Outlet Mall near J Crew).

The hours of operations for the center are:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and closed on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday from 12- 5 p.m.

Update as of 9/8/2014 - One year since flooding began

One year since flooding began....

Most costly natural catastrophe in Colorado’s 138-year anniversary.

  • 10 Coloradans lost their lives
  • 18,147 people forced to evacuate their homes
  • 21 families remain in 24 temporary housing units
  • 1,852 homes destroyed, 28,363 others damaged. Total damage: $623.3 million
  • 16,557 households received some level of assistance from FEMA due to damagesto their homes
  • 203 commercial structures destroyed and 765 commercial structures damaged
  • Damage to state and local infrastructure totals $1.7 billion, including $535 million to state and local highways. All state roads impacted by floods reopened by December 1 to help get residents back into their homes and res-establish access to isolated communities. Long-term permanent repairs began in Spring 2014.
  • Economic impact $555 million


Unprecedented rainfall caused floodwaters and mudslides affecting 24 Colorado counties

  • September 2013 saw twice as much precipitation in Boulder during one month than any other month since recording begin in 1893. September 2013: 18.2 inches. Average September rainfall in area: 1.6 inches.
  • Exceeded not only 100-year frequencies; in a number of cases met or exceeded 500-year frequencies as well


Estimated damage totals $3 billion. $1.5 billion in local, state, federal private funds allocated for recovery, including:

  • $61.6 million in federal Individual Assistance (IA) to 16,555 individuals 
    • Explanation of IA from FEMA: Individual Assistance is help for qualifying survivors to get back on their feet by way of financial assistance for eligible housing repairs/replacement and other needs, such as disaster-related medical and dental expenses and other necessities.  
  • $320 million in federal Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds (CDBG-DR)
    • On September 5th, 2014 the State submitted their substantial amendment to Housing and Urban Development CDBG-DR grant. This is for the second allocation of funds announced in April for $199.3 million.
  • $262 million in federal public assistance (PA) to local communities
    • Explanation of PA from FEMA: Public Assistance is a program that provides aid to eligible public (and certain private non-profit) entities for qualifying disaster-related emergency services and the repair or replacement of public facilities and infrastructure.
  • $450 million for state highways
    • After the floods, there were 486 miles of state highway closed. All re-opened by Nov. 26, 2013. To date there are 118 miles of roads that have been temporarily repaired. When US 36 is complete later this fall, we will have 3 miles permanently repaired with the need for 115 miles still to go. Keep in mind, these are only CDOT roads. We do not have a mile listing for all of the Local Agency projects.
  • $109.6 million in Small Business Administration loans to 2,127 homeowners and 374 businesses
  • National Flood Insurance Program: $66 million, 2,093 claims


Colorado United Day of Service Saturday, September 13th 2014

  • Volunteer opportunities available all over the state and in flood impacted communities
  • Bringing together communities to help one another in the same spirit that communities came together immediately following the floods a year ago
  • Concert in Lyons Colorado at 5pm with the Infamous String Dusters hosted by Oskar Blues at Bohn Park. Volunteers are invited to attend the concert after volunteering.
  • Twitter: @CoUnitedServe #DayofService


Videos of impacted flood areas, Little Thompson, Lyons, Jamestown, Manitou Springs, Poudre River: http://bit.ly/1x7YmQ0


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