Colorado Flood: Tips and Refuge

September 12 2013, 9:52 AM

Update: Visit HelpColoradoNow.com for the best ways to help.

Our thoughts are with our fellow Coloradans throughout the state, that are affected by the ongoing rain and flooding. We've gathered resources, suggestions, and a list of shelters to help keep our Colorado family safe. 

General resources: You can find a list of school and business closures in the area here, and an interactive map of road closures, alerts and shelters here. Visit the the Boulder Office of Emergency Management for frequent updates on the emergency status in Boulder. Live tweets are steaming at live.denverpost.com.

Stay Dry: The most important thing is to move to higher ground. Boulder is currently asking for people to stay off the roads; however, if you need to evacuate and can do so safely, there are several functioning refuge shelters in the area.

Both the Boulder and Mapleton location of the YMCA of Boulder Valley are currently serving as Red Cross Crisis Shelters. 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303-442-2778; 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, 303-664-5455

Some other Boulder shelters have been evacuated. Boulder County residents who are able to relocate to neighboring towns can seek refuge at the shelters listed below.

Jamestown: Jamestown Elementary School, 111 Mesa St., Jamestown

Longmont: Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont

Longmont: Silver Creek High School, 4901 Nelson Rd.

Lyons: Lyons Elementary School, 338 High St., Lyons; 

Pinewood Springs Fire Department 61 Kiowa Rd, Roosevelt National Forest, Lyons, CO 80540

Nederland: Nederland Community Center, 750 Colorado 72 N., Nederland

AllensPark: Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat, 1306 Business Hwy. 7, POB 66, Allenspark

Fort Collins: Tavelli Elementary School, 1118 Miramont Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Sign Up: Visit the Boulder Office of Emergency Management to keep current on the flood status in Boulder County, and to sign up for emergency alerts on your cell phone or email. 

Get Involved: The best thing to do is to wait for the rain to subside. You can donate funds online to Red Cross Denver or The Salvation Army. Once the streets are safe to travel, you can find ways to volunteer, donate items, or get involved in community efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has more information here.

— Image taken in Lyons, CO; courtesy of Lizzy Scully

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