Loveland Magazine asked the Loveland Reporter-Herald in Loveland, Colorado if they would share ways that residents of Loveland, Ohio could help their citizens in the wake of recent flooding that is being described as "unprecedented."
This is the response from Managing Editor, Jeff Stahla
It's time to pull together around those who are suffering
Dear residents of Loveland, Ohio,
On Sept. 12, residents of Loveland, Colo., woke up to what would become a slow-motion disaster. Rain that had been falling for several days had caused the soil and streams and dams to reach their limits. Something had to give, and that was the riverbanks.
Boulder Creek was first, jumping its banks in the middle of Boulder and the University of Colorado campus. Next were the rivers of Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness, and when they deluged Estes Park and Lake Estes, water managers had to relieve the pressure by releasing a torrent down the Big Thompson River. In addition, the rains in north Rocky ganged up on Glen Haven and the North Fork of the Big Thompson.
Low-lying areas of Northern Colorado had no chance. Homes, highways and lives were swept away.
The state of disaster has now diminished, but the damage wrought by the storm is only now coming into focus.
For many thousands, the question is now, "What do I do?" For the rest of us, the answer should be a question of our own, "How can I help?"
It's unfortunate that Larimer County has recent experience in mobilizing for a natural disaster. Five years ago, many lessons were learned from the Windsor tornado; they were put into practice last year with the High Park fire. And now, the experiences have allowed local nonprofit leaders to set up seamless ways for the help from the community to get to those who need it.
A disaster assistance center has been set up at 815 SW 14th St., Building B, to help those who have been affected by the floods. The center at first needed tangible goods, but even more it needs money and your time.
Local agencies such as United Way of Larimer County are the best way to connect what you can offer to those who need a little help. Call 2-1-1 (or 970-407-7066 from a cell phone) to find out how you can serve.
couple of weeks ago, this area awoke to a day that was gray and soggy,
but not yet a disaster. We've been through a lot in the days since, and
for those who were lucky enough not to bear the brunt of the Front Range
Flood, it's time to pull together around those who are suffering.