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The Flood

The 1,000 Year Flood

On September 9, 2013, the rain began to fall.

Emergency pages went out to first responders sometime around 1 a.m. on Sept. 12 and the evacuations began.

Over the course of five days, an entire year’s worth of rain fell.

What was later called the 1,000 year flood, decimated our communities – destroying homes, businesses, vehicles, roads, utilities and communications. The impact of this disaster will be felt for years to come, in countless ways. Especially hard hit were the mountain communities in and around Estes Park.

For some, it was months before water, sewer, electricity, phones and basic access were restored.

The Plight of Nonprofits

During disasters it is easy to see the needs of nonprofit relief agencies. And those needs are huge. However, regardless of their association to disaster relief, all of the nonprofit organizations in the Estes Valley felt the effects of the 2013 flood.

Some had direct damage from the water and most, if not all, saw indirect financial implications. They had to cancel fundraising events or prematurely end campaigns, close facilities/shops for the season earlier than normal and experienced a loss of tourist generated revenue. Some received more requests for unfunded services and others experienced an increase in costs due to closed roads and major detours. Boards and staff have also been anxious about ongoing fundraising efforts with donor bases tapped out from flood recovery.

The residents and business owners in our mountain communities are always very generous with their charitable support. However with those longstanding individual and business donors dealing with their own flood recovery, money has been tight. Added to that has been competition from more immediate disaster relief needs.

Where You Come In

And that is where you come in.

We are looking to friends beyond our community for help.

Those who love the beauty that surrounds Rocky Mountain National Park and the warm, caring people you meet here. Those who want to help us rebuild our communities and rebuild our lives.

We hope that you will join us by supporting the nonprofits whose stories touch your heart. Together we can rebuild even stronger!