Raging floodwaters have cut off roads and destroyed bridges in Colorado, leaving more than 1,000 people in Boulder and 14 other counties stranded or unaccounted for. More than 14,500 people have evacuated and more than 600 remain unaccounted for.
Eight fatalities have been attributed to the floods since Sept. 11, but officials say the number could rise. Lingering storms hampered some rescue efforts early Monday.
Torrents of rain and mudslides on mountainsides and canyons have damaged nearly 18,000 homes and destroyed at least 1,600 in an area about the size of Delaware.
A World Vision assessment team is deploying to the area on Wednesday. Disaster response staff are already talking to partners and local agencies about their need for aid.
“Two truckloads of emergency supplies will be sent from our North Texas warehouse on Wednesday,” says Phyllis Freeman, World Vision’s national disaster response director. The relief supplies include personal hygiene kits, blankets, paper goods, and flood clean-up kits, with buckets and bleach.
“Our initial distributions will be made by local search and rescue teams,” she says.
As devastating flooding destroys homes in Colorado, World Vision is working with local partners to provide immediate relief supplies — including flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items, and blankets — to as many as 2,500 people in the Loveland, Colorado area. Make a one-time donation to our Disaster Response in the USA fund.