A few current numbers for you in this tragedy:
- 21 helicopters were being used Monday for evacuations
- 11,750 people have been evacuated
- 8 people have lost their lives
- 658 people are still unaccounted for, which means no one has been able to get a hold of them. This number continues to decline as more people are rescued.
- This is being called the 100 Year Flood, here's a little on what that means: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/FS-229-96/
- Approximately 2,377 agricultural properties have been affected
- 36 shelters are now open serving hundreds of people and pets
- Flood conditions are spread across 200 miles covering 15 counties
What can you do?
You can make a donation and/or you can help spread the word about the places that need help:
- The Longmont Humane Society started an online fundraiser specifically for the displaced pets. You can make a donation here.
- The Humane Society of Boulder Valley has been taking in pets and is taking donationshere.
- The Larimer Humane Society is accepting pets and housing some lost pets from the heavy flooding that hit Loveland, CO. You can make a donation to them here.
- You can also follow Colorado Disaster Wildfire/Flood Lost & Found Pets on Facebook andTwitter.
More info for you to follow and/or share:
- Google interactive map of flooded areas:http://google.org/crisismap/2013-boulder-floods
- How to help from the CO Government: http://www.helpcoloradonow.com/
- Hashtags to follow on Twitter: #COFlood, #BoulderFlood, #LongmontFlood, #LarimerFlood and #COwx.
- Videos and photos from The National Guard: http://www.dvidshub.net/feature/ColoradoFloods2013#.UjdX4MYaxJQ
- PetAid Colorado on Facebook is actively involved in assisting with pets: https://www.facebook.com/petaidcolorado
- And don’t forget the Colorado Disaster Wildfire/Flood Lost & Found Pets on Facebook and Twitter mentioned above.
BlogPaws also works with some great pet brands who care and who are doing their part to help.
**** Tuesday, September 17th, Freekibble is donating 100% of the Halo kibble raised to benefit those affected by the floods in Colorado. Visit http://www.freekibble.com and http://www.freekibblekat.com and answer the trivia questions. All of the Halo Spot’s Stew earned will be donated to Colorado shelters assisting people and pets impacted by the floods. Also, Hill’s Pet Nutrition is working to enact their Disaster Relief Network.
If you’re interested in joining the BlogPaws Disaster Response Network please visit here for more information.