Thursday, May 11, 2017

Response to Flooding in Southern Colorado

By Bill Fortune

Update at Noon, Friday, May 12, 2017
The shelter for the Beulah Flood closed at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 12, 2017.
Food was donated by Angelos Pizza in Pueblo.
Photo by David Hayden/American Red Cross
Thursday night 3 people stayed at the Beulah Flood shelter. Food for the lunch meal on Thursday was donated by Angelos Pizza in Pueblo. They donated food enough to feed 65 people which included first responders, Red Cross shelter workers and people affected by the Beulah Flood. Huge THANK YOU to all of the local businesses that helped us with this response. 

The list of vendors included:
Starbucks at Northern and Pueblo Blvd.
Angelos Pizza at the River Walk
McDonalds at I-25 and Hwy 50
Papa John's at Outlook
Little Caesars at Outlook Blvd.

Sonic Drive-in at Pueblo Blvd and Northern

Volunteers from Beulah and West Park Fire Departments
Came to help at the shelter. Seen here with Red Cross
volunteers Kris Kennedy and Kathy Hayden.
Photo by David Hayden/American Red Cross
Red Cross initially opened Beulah School as an evacuation center for those affected by the floods. As Thursday went on it was determined that there was a need for overnight sheltering so Red Cross shelter supply trailers and additional volunteers were brought in to support that need.

We want to thank Pueblo County Emergency Services for their direction and support and all of the volunteers, from Red Cross and other organizations that helped provide a safe and dry place for people to get help.


UPDATE AT 9:30 A.M., May 11, 2017:
An evacuation center has been opened at Beulah School located at 8734 School House Lane Beulah, CO 81023. According to officials at least one family is being evacuated and taken to the evacuation center. Red Cross volunteer staff are on scene to provide support.
8:30 A.M. Thursday, May 11, 2017

The people of Beulah, La Veta and other communities near the Wet Mountains and the Spanish Peaks woke up to high water, fast moving creeks and in some cases washed out roads. The Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado stayed in contact with law enforcement and fire departments to respond when called.

One Red Cross volunteer took position in the Pueblo Emergency Operations Center while others transported food to fire fighters. Still others moved resources into position should sheltering be required.

Wednesday evening we provided 15 pizzas discounted from Papa Johns along with coffee from McDonalds. Thursday morning breakfast was prepared by Sonic Drive Inn along with coffee from Starbucks on Pueblo Blvd.

Drier weather is in the forecast for the next few days so the hope is that flooding conditions will improve. However, creeks and streams will continue to run high and fast through Friday. Caution is advised because some roads may be blocked or may have washed out. Don't drive on roads that are covered with water, especially if the water is moving.

Here are some photos provided by Pueblo County Sheriffs Office:

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