The recent massive flooding in Colorado stretches across an area that’s nearly the size of Connecticut — 4,500 square miles and 17 counties, including the cities of Boulder, Estes Park, Longmont, Loveland, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Evergreen, Aurora and Commerce City.
Recovery efforts are already under way for the tens of thousands affected by the floods. If you’ve been affected, or you want to help those in need, check out the list of resources and volunteer organizations below.
1. Let your loved ones know you’re safe.
Put your name on the American Red Cross’s “Safe and Well” registry. That way, your loved ones can search for you and hopefully find you, which will give them tremendous peace of mind. If it’s easier to call, dial 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).
2. Stay on top of weather and road conditions.
If you’re planning a trip through any of the affected areas, or if you want to see if cut-off communities now have some form of road access, check with the Colorado Department of Transportation. The flooding has destroyed or damaged 50 bridges in Colorado, and countless roadways have been damaged or entirely wiped out. CDOT is providing regular updates of all interstate and state highway openings/closings.
Likewise, if you’re planning to travel through the affected areas or would like updates on flood/river conditions in the Front Range and on the northeastern plains, check with the National Weather Service. The online map will show if and where flood conditions still exist.
3. Assess the damage.
Once authorities have said it’s safe for residents of your area to return home, proceed with caution. Don’t enter buildings surrounded by floodwaters.
Flood damage is typically excluded under most homeowners policies. If you have a separate flood policy, file your flood claim or contact your agent for assistance. Learn more about flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program.
As you begin clean-up, consider contacting a professional water remediation vendor, and be sure to save your receipts in case you qualify for disaster assistance. Check out these tips for hiring a qualified contractor to make sure you don’t get scammed.
4. Register for disaster assistance with FEMA.
Individuals in Adams, Boulder, Larimer, and Weld counties can apply for disaster assistance, according to FEMA. Register online at disasterassistance.gov, or call 800-621-3362. Once registered, you may be eligible for temporary housing assistance, home repair or replacement, and financial assistance.
If you’re looking to volunteer to help the thousands affected by the flooding, the organizations below are helping with the flooding recovery and relief efforts.
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