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Colorado Floods: Resources & How to Help

Colorado Flood Relief Fundraiser

Thanks to all of you who called during our live flood relief fundraiser on Wednesday, September 18!

All donations are being used to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in Colorado and Community Food Share, which will equally split donations between Food Bank of Larimer County, Weld County Food Bank and Community Food Share serving Boulder County.

If you would still like to help, please give to the American Red Cross directly or another organization listed below.

Donate to the Red Cross Relief Fund:
Call 1.800.REDCROSS
Text REDCROSS to 90999
Donate Online at redcross.org/colorado


Other Ways to Give

Our partners at 9News have compiled this list of how you can help:
  • Help Colorado Now:
    Find out how to help those affected by floods in Colorado, including ways to donate, what to donate and locations of donation centers, through Help Colorado Now: helpcoloradonow.com.
  • Text to Give:
    The mGive Foundation has a campaign active to fundraise for flood response throughout the state. Donors can text FLOOD to 80108 to give $10 to the mGive Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will be collected by the mGive Foundation and directed to organizations providing services to the affected areas and listed on the helpcoloradonow.com website.
  • Colorado Farm Bureau:
    The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has activated a Disaster Fund where 100% of donations will go to Colorado farmers and ranchers affected by the floods. You can donate here: on9news.tv/14QTfG9.

    Checks can be sent to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation. Please note Disaster Fund-Colorado Floods in the memo line.

    Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
    Attn: Disaster Fund
    9177 E. Mineral Circle
    Centennial, CO 80112
  • Bonfils Blood Center:
    Bonfils Blood Center asks all eligible Coloradans to roll up their sleeves to save lives. Due to the widespread adverse weather conditions, blood drives have been cancelled, the Boulder Community Donor Center was temporarily closed and as a result the blood supply has been significantly impacted.

    All blood types are currently needed and community members looking to give back are encouraged to visit one of the six Denver Metro donor centers or one of the 10 mobile drives Bonfils conducts each day throughout the state.

    Donating blood is a safe, easy and free way you can give back to your community. Call Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006, opt. 2 or schedule your appointment to give blood online at bonfils.org.
  • The Salvation Army:
    The Salvation Army has a Text to Give Campaign. To give, visit imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769 and designate "Colorado Floods." 

    You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. Donations by mail may be designated "Colorado Floods" and sent to: The Salvation Army P.O. Box 60006 Prescott,AZ 86304
  • 211:
    211 has prepared a Relief and Recovery Guide to connect Colorado residents affected by the Larimer County Floods with disaster assistance and information. on9news.tv/1859koK.
  • Foothills United Way: 
    The funds raised through the Foothills United Way Flood Relief Fund will be used toward health and human services for those affected by the flooding in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Visit: unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief
  • King Soopers:
    All King Soopers stores are collecting cash donations for the America Red Cross Flood Disaster Relief at their registers.

Flood Map

Google has compiled a crisis map outlining the latest road closures, weather conditions, shelter locations, aerial photos and webcams of flood-ravaged areas. Click on the full map link to see a map key and interactive features.


  • 9News has a list of current closings and cancellations as well as the latest video footage.
  • The City of Boulder is actively tweeting updates, and the City of Lyons is responding to questions and concerns on their Facebook page.
  • Colorado Department of Transportation has information on road closures and conditions.

Additional Resources

  • Sesame Workshop
    Sesame Workshop offers Let’s Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies with tips, activities, and other easy tools to help the whole family prepare for emergencies.
    Sesame Street also offers additional toolkits for helping children deal with stress, loss and traumatic circumstances.
  • FEMA
    Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in Boulder County can apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster survivors who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Those in the affected area with access to the internet may register by Web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or online at disasterassistance.gov.
  • Colorado Housing Search
    ColoradoHousingSearch.com is helping flood victims in Boulder and Larimer Counties. Donations for VACANT rental properties, vacation homes, can be listed through Colorado Housing Search. Please note donated rooms in homes can NOT be accepted. Call 1-877-428-8844 or visit coloradohousingsearch.com.
  • Boulder County Humane Society
    The Boulder County Humane Society ise accepting animals needing shelter from evacuated areas of Boulder County. Visit boulderhumane.org.
  • American Humane Association
    The American Humane Association is supporting Boulder County Animal Control. They have mobilized their Red Star rescue team to help the animal victims of the disaster. To help protect families, children and pets before, during and after a flood, American Humane Association is also offering the lifesaving tips.
  • Larimer Humane Society
    Visit larimerhumane.org if you are in a flooding area and need assistance with your animals.
  • Longmont Humane Society
    Currently taking in evacuated dogs and cats. Please call first to assure space is available: 303-772-1232 ext. 221 They’re also accepting donations to help feed and care for the animals. Visit longmonthumane.org.

Flood Tips

Tips if you experience flood damage on your property:

  • Remove yourself, other people and pets from affected areas
  • If water leak is caused by plumbing line, shut off water at the main
  • Call your insurance company to file a claim
  • Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water
  • Photograph as much of the damage as possible
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by mopping and sponging
  • Remove all items from wet furniture tops
  • Place aluminum foil squares or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid furniture staining
  • Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk
  • Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mold growth until professional drying can be performed

Do Not...
  • Enter a room with standing water unless you have turned off electricity at the breaker box
  • Operate televisions, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors
  • Leave wet fabrics in place; space them apart and dry as soon as possible
  • Use heat to dry closed building interiors; mildew and expanded damage may result

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