Colorado Flooding Response

Rain began falling across the state of Colorado on September 11, 2013 and didn’t relent until September 16th, creating one of the most severe flood surges in U.S. history. More than 11,000 were evacuated and over 18,000 structures were either damaged or destroyed.

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What: Project Colorado

Where: Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties, Colorado, USA

When: September 20 – November 30, 2013

Why: North Central Colorado Floods, September 11-16, 2013

How: Within two weeks of the initial rainfall, AHV launched Project Colorado and had received volunteers from across the United States to begin the ‘muck and gut’ cleanup process. Our volunteer teams also cleared debris, helped winterize homes, and operated heavy machinery. Thinking outside the box on how to help communities in the mountains now isolated due to washed out roads, we sent remote access teams geared with backpacks, a satellite phone and whatever tools they could carry into these mountain towns now only passable only by foot to continue to help homeowners in need.

Logging over 12,500 volunteer hours in Weld, Larimer and Boulder Counties, All Hands worked along Colorado’s Front Range for two and half months to help communities who experienced a disaster that traversed thousand of square miles.

Project Director: Megan Scott

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On the Ground in Colorado: Day Two

Sep, 15, 2013

The rain continues, but the All Hands team is in Colorado and we will be launching a project as soon as it is safe to do so. Today, Sherry (director of US Response) and Meg (Volunteer and Field Coordination) reported from the field. VOLUNTEERS Please Do Not Self-Deploy! It is dangerous to you and any...


Colorado Flooding: Update from the Field

Sep, 14, 2013

The All Hands Assessment Team is in Colorado, surveying the damage from the ongoing rains and massive flooding. Here’s what Sherry and Rachel had to say after their first full day on the ground. (Film credits go to Meg!) To support All Hands’ disaster recovery efforts, make a $10 donation by texting RESPOND to 80088....

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