Colorado is under water. (My house was barely outside the flood zone in Aurora. I got lucky.) As of Monday night, according to the Denver Post, "State emergency management officials say that 17,494 homes have been damaged and 1,502 destroyed along a 200-mile stretch of the Front Range, but the numbers could change as the waters recede and emergency workers reach more isolated areas." Eight people have been reported killed, and many hundreds more are still unaccounted for. Here's one group's story. Watch it, then scroll down and see what you can do to help Colorado recover.
Roommates Mark Changaris and Stephen Smith came back to their house after Stephen had been busy rescuing his sister, her partner, and their 8-month-old baby from the Lyons floods. They had just finished cleaning up and taking showers when this happened.
After the waters died down, Mark sat down at his piano, and his roommate, Maren Keeley, turned on her camera.
She had this to say:
"He loves the home, he's lived there for almost 4 years. He loves the piano. We needed something beautiful amidst the destruction and mud, rocks, and debris. Watching him play was the first time I actually felt sad and heartbroken by the events..."
If you want to help, there's a great organization that just sprang up to help, Boulder Flood Relief. I called them up and talked to a member of their all-volunteer staff. They are an amazing and resourceful organization. I'd like to get them 10,000 fans by the end of the week so they can get more volunteers and support to help keep things moving in the right direction. Like them on Facebook so more people can see that they exist, and then PLEASE share this. I'll owe you one.