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Biggest needs for help after floods are in northern Colorado

By Jakob Rodgers Updated: September 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm 0

Beneath overcast skies and a lingering drizzle, nonprofit organizations and volunteers surveyed damages from the powerfully resurgent monsoon while assisting with cleanup efforts.

American Red Cross workers from the organization's Pikes Peak chapter accompanied city officials Monday on a damage assessment - one meant to create a more detailed picture of the community's emerging and ongoing needs, said Bill Fortune, a Red Cross spokesman.

On Saturday, the Red Cross handed out cleanup kits to about 20 households during a distribution off Cheyenne Road, he said. The Pikes Peak United Way handed out flood relief guides.

The Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado gave about 18,000 pounds of water and Gatorade to local chapters of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, said Shannon Coker, a spokesman for the food bank. Not all of it has been distributed.

Care and Share hasn't requested any specific donations, however, because it has food left from the community's response to wildfires in June, including the Black Forest fire. About 62,000 pounds of food and water and $50,000 remained in its cache Monday for disaster response.

"Right now we feel really confident from what have left from just a few months ago," Coker said.

Far less damage was inflicted across the Pikes Peak region than other parts of the state, so in some cases, officials asked people across the region to help residents in northern Colorado where flooding was more widespread and devastating.

Salvation Army officials in El Paso County, for example, sent a kitchen truck to Weld County.

The Colorado Horsecare Foodbank - a nonprofit organization based in Evergreen but with a warehouse in El Paso County - sent 30 tons of hay to Weld County from its warehouse in Black Forest, said Marty Jackson, a food bank spokeswoman.

It was placed in a staging area in Fort Lupton to be distributed Tuesday, she said. The organization also purchased one ton of feed for old horses, as well as 23 tons of hay from a shop in Mead to further bolster supplies in Fort Lupton.

The effort presented a chance for people affected by the Black Forest fire to help with the state's latest natural disaster. The organization's hay warehouse lay in an evacuation zone during the June blaze, and Jackson was forced to evacuate ahead of the flames.

"The need is going to be huge because you're talking all rural areas with a lot of cattle, a lot of horses," said Jackson, of the Weld County flooding. "It's going to be a long time that they're going to be helping these people back on their feet."

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HOW TO HELP

A fund specifically for disaster relief in Manitou Springs has been established through the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Contributions to the Manitou Emergency and Recovery Fund can be mailed or hand-delivered to one of three addresses:

- Pikes Peak Community Foundation, 730 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

- Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829

- iManitou, 354 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Also:

- The American Red Cross is accepting donations via several avenues. People can text 90999, call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcross.org/charitable-donations.

- Donations to the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank can be made by visiting www.horsefoodbank.org.

 

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