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Colorado Flooding 2013

Colorado Flooding 2013
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Group Admins:
  • Situation Update (9/23): Heavy rains continue to impact region.

    8 notable oil-based product spills
    30 bridges destroyed; 20 seriously damaged
    Over 100 county roads and bridges destroyed
    40 state roads closed; 50 bridges closed

    * This information is based on initial reporting and is being provided for your situational awareness. Reporting may have inaccuracies due to a rapidly developing situati
    groups.wall 2388 days ago
  • Situation Update: Search and Rescue and Recovery operations are still underway in CO.

    Open source reports floodwaters pouring into NE are strewn with debris and stained with many contaminants, including raw sewage, oil, and chemicals.
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  • Posted a new announcement, Sample Response
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  • Update from CEN Logistics Officer: If any church in CO needs help, they can call 728-961-3787 with their need.
    groups.wall 2392 days ago
  • Praise the Lord, CEN helped Sherry find a housing location for her needs in CO! Team, will you please invite people into this RG as this situation will be difficult for some time and we really need a ReadyCO Admin and Sec officer to be identified in this process.
    groups.wall 2394 days ago

Response group to manage prayer-care-share response to Colorado Flooding Fall of 2013

Friday, 20 September 2013 by Misti McHatton

Dear Friends of FUMC Durango,

Many of you have family and friends who have been deeply affected by the flooding in Colorado.  In response, the United Methodist Church is asking for Flood Buckets and Health Kits.   Below is a list of the items that are needed for each kit.   Pastor Jeff will bless these buckets and kits next weekend and drive them to Longmont on September 30th.  Pleaes bring your buckets/kits with you when you come to church on Sunday, or throughout the week.

At the bottom of this message there is an update from the Bishops office.  We thank you in advance for your support.

Contents of Flood Buckets are as follows:  Please note that all items must be new.

5-gallon bucket with resealable lid-Bleach (2-1 Quart Bottles or 1-82 Oz Bottle)-5 Scouring Pads-7 Sponges-1 Scrub Brush-18 Cleaning Towels-Liquid Laundry Detergent (2-25 oz bottles or 1-50 oz)-1 Household Cleaner-1 Disinfecting Dish Soap-50 Clothes Pins-Clothes Lines-5 Dust Masks-2 Pair Latex Gloves-1 Pair Work Gloves-24 Bag Roll of  heavy duty trashbags, 33-45 gallon (remove from box before placing in bucket)-1 Insect Repellant,-1 Air Freshener    (all aresol cans must have lids)

Put all items in the plastic bucket and seal the lid.  Make sure all the cleaning agents are liquids and in plastic bottles.   

Contents of Health Kits are as follows:   Please note that all items must be new.

1 hand towel (15x25 to 17x27)  (kitchen towels and micro fiber NOT excepted
1 washcloth, 1 comb, 1 metal nail file or clipper.  NO EMERY BOARDS, 1 bath size bar soap (3 oz or lager)
1 adult size toothbrush in package, 6 bandaids (3/4 inch to 1 inch), 1  gallon size zip lock bag, $1.00 to purchase toothpaste in a separate envelope.

Lay out town on table flat.  Lay washcloth in the center of the hand towel flat.  Place all remaining items on top of the wash cloth. Fold over the sides of teh hand towel to cover all the items.  Fold over one of the hand towel so that it covers all the items.  Grasp the bunlde of items tightly and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly.  Place bundle in bag and seal.  Please remove as much air as possible.

Do not wash items, do not include personal notes, the kits must include ONLY what is on the above list.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors"


 September 19, 2013
 Dear Friends:

 Thank you so much for walking with your neighbors who are "passing through the waters."

 The Rocky Mountain Conference continues to respond and provide support to the floods in Colorado.  As the situation evolves, there is ongoing work to assess the damage of the flooded homes, churches, buildings and roads. The People of the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church are reaching out to each other and we can see the true meaning of "neighbors helping neighbors" being witnessed in many places.

Recently I visited churches in the Boulder area, including Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, and plan to visit other places that are affected by the floods. Frasier Meadows, a United Methodist Health and Welfare ministry, has suffered serious damages from the flood (Denver Post article). I was so struck by the sight and the smell of the affected places and I will long remember people's faces, who looked weary and distressed.  I grieve for all of the losses that people have suffered.  And yet, we also move on to care, pray and respond.  


This is a brief update on our response effort.


Church updates: We work closely with District Superintendent Skip Strickland and Nancy Boswell to monitor the status of area churches and coordinate recovery efforts. AmeriCorps volunteers are being housed at First UMC Loveland, Longs Peak UMC, Longmont, Christ UMC Ft. Collins, and Estes Park UMC.  Lyons UMC will soon have an alternative location to hold worship services because the town is still uninhabitable. For more church updates, please see

UMCOR Grant:  UMCOR has provided a grant of $10,000 for our relief efforts.

UMCOR Representative:  Gordon Knuckey, representing UMCOR, has been asked to assist our flood response efforts.

UMCOM Full-page AD:

The United Methodist Communications will run this newspaper ad this Sunday, September 22nd in all seven regional papers which includes: Denver Post, Ft. Collins Coloradoan, Loveland Reporter Herald, Canyon City Daily Record, Bolder Daily Camera, Longmont Times Call, and Colorado Springs Gazette. In the way of digital advertising, all the local paper web sites will be placing the digital ads you can see by clicking here.  They will start running Thursday, September 19th and go through Sunday.

Flood buckets:

Buckets from UMCOR: UMCOR West has sent out 900 Cleaning Buckets and 2,016 health kits to address the flooding in Colorado.  I anticipate that UMCOR will be even more involved as we set our plans for the recovery effort. 

Buckets within Local Area:  Churches within the local area have been asked to provide health kits and flood buckets which are to be delivered to Longs Peak UMC in Longmont.

How to Give:

 On-line giving

  •  If you would like to donate, you may do it through the Conference Disaster Response Fund. Please follow the instructions below.

Click "Donate Now" at the top of the "Quick Links" on the right side of the page (OR CLICK HERE)

  •  Select "Disaster Response Fund" in the drop-down menu under Designated Giving

Or send checks payable to Rocky Mountain Conference, Colorado Floods, 6110 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village, CO  80111.

RMC Website:  Please go to our RMC Webpage on Floods for more information:

Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is any other way we can be of assistance.

In such time as this, we are reminded of the word of God, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you." (Isaiah 43:2)

Grace and Peace,

Youngsook C. Kang (



Director of Mission and Ministry

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