Disaster Update: Flooding in Colorado

Disaster Update

To help residents affected by flooding, 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.

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. As of 9 am Saturday, nearly 700 people stayed overnight Friday in shelters, 541 of them at seven Red Cross-managed shelters.

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

Bulk distribution began in Colorado springs as volunteers began delivering cleanup supplies to those affected by the floods in the Cheyenne Creek area. Items include drinking water, shovels, trash bags, gloves, bleach, bucket and mops.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is working with partners to begin planning for recovery, including assessing damages and providing cleanup supplies. Today, we will be delivering cleanup kits at sites in Boulder, Erie and Colorado Springs and will perform additional duties in other areas in the days ahead.

Access to some affected communities remains difficult due to flood waters and damaged roads.

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