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The great thing about living in a small town is that everyone is your neighbor, and everyone is willing to lend a helping hand. Lyons, CO is a town nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, home to about 2,000 residents, and was the place I called "home" for 13 years of my life.
On September 12th, three dams near the town burst due to record-setting rainfall. The resulting waves flooded the town in a matter of hours, and the heavy currents have wrecked havoc on hundreds of homes, families, and the community itself.
Every road into town has been submerged in water or has simply collapsed from the flooding. Residents are without power, gas, electricity, or sewage, and aid-workers have been unable to enter the isolated town. Worse still, many have yet to hear word from their loved ones.
While aid is of the utmost importance while evacuees are seeking shelter, the damage done by these floods is incalculable. This campaign hopes to create a relief fund for the immediate aid of evacuees and the future rebuilding of the town once the water subsides.
I go to school far away, and it hurts to see my neighbors' lives and fondest memories be washed away in these raging streams. Please help me lend them a hand by sending Lyons some love!
What We Need & What You Get
The flood has taken our entire town from us, so any sum of money that this campaign can raise will directly benefit those affected by the disaster. From blankets to pet food, building supplies to emergency healthcare, every dime that you contribute will be put to use to aid in rescue and rebuilding so we can slowly stitch our tightly-knit community back together. All proceeds will directly benefit the Lyons Community Foundation's Basic Needs and Emergency Fund.
Lyons is known as the "Gateway to the Rockies" for a reason, as it sits at the base of the vast Front Range in Colorado. This means that the regional flooding has not only isolated Lyons, but other communities north of the town as well (such as Estes Park and Allens Park). Until the roads are rebuilt, those who commute south from these locations may be unable to reach their place of employment or family in other towns. Further, cell phone service and other supplies will not be able to make it to these northern communities in a timely manner without a clear path through Lyons.
With a close community, supportive school system, and an active lifestyle, Lyons has become a popular location for families with young children to start their future. Based on the positive impact Lyons' people have made on my own life, it is crucial that this little mountain oasis be kept alive and well after these tragic events.
Other Ways You Can Help
In the current economic climate, it is understandable that all who want to help may not necessarily be able to contribute. So if you would like to help in other ways:
- Share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites...or tell your friends and family in person about Love for Lyons. Many outside of the state are unaware this is even occurring, so please help us spread awareness!
- Volunteer for the Red Cross to help with relief efforts in affected areas.
- Volunteer at Longmont United Hospital or Boulder Community Hospital, both of which are receiving patients experiencing medical emergencies from Lyons and surrounding areas.
- If you live in the area, post on the Lyons Colorado's Facebook if you are willing to take in an evacuee (or a pet!).