After several days of perpetual rain and flooding, thousands of Colorado residents are beginning to clean up and put their lives in order. Because Emergency Management Teams are still on the ground restoring services and assisting residents directly, Early Resource Teams are encouraged to stay put until invited to storm struck areas along the Front Range of the Rockies.

Earlier today, Sept. 17, the Indiana Conference Disaster Response Team approved a $2,000 grant for flood recovery to be sent to the Rocky Mountain Conference. Bishop Mike Coyner included the check with a letter sent to Mountain Sky Area Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky of Denver, letting the United Methodists of Colorado know that we are praying for them and assisting them recover.

Greg Forrester of United Methodist Committee on Relief Domestic Disaster Response told United Methodist news sources today, “I have been in contact with the DRC but everything is still in emergency mode. I will be sending Gordon Knuckey to the area in the next few days. He lives just north of the affected region. We are staging relief supplies to come into the area when things stabilize.”

Heather Wilson, the UMVIM-Western Jurisdiction Coordinator, says, “More news is coming in from the Rocky Mountain Conference. I am putting it on the UMVIM WJ website as I find out news so there is one place for the information. Please check it out when you can and pass it along as needed.” Information about future volunteering can be found at Help Colorado Now, a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

In the meantime, there are three things Hoosiers can do now to assist fellow United Methodists and other survivors of the Colorado floods – pray, give to UMCOR and assemble cleaning bucket kits.

  • Give online to UMCOR. To donate by phone, please call 888-252-6174 or give through your local United Methodist Church with a memo “U.S. Disaster Response.” Remember 100 percent of your gifts will go for disaster response to survivors of disasters.
  • Assemble UMCOR Cleaning Buckets. Instructions can be found here. Information about where to send the cleaning buckets will come in future email announcements.

Churches hard-hit in Colorado floods

BOULDER, Colo. (UMNS) – Some United Methodist churches in Colorado may be weeks or months from re-opening after flooding that took out roads and bridges and shut down utilities in Front Range communities. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported within United Methodist congregations, but an elderly member of a United Methodist church in Boulder lost her great-grandson – a teen trying to save his girlfriend – to flood-related drowning. Read full story and comment.