Love for Lyons: Rebuilding a Devastated Colorado Mountain Town

Rebecca R Ortega
Lyons, Colorado
United States
3 Team Members
This campaign is raising funds on behalf of Boulder Community Foundation, a verified nonprofit. The campaign does not necessarily reflect the views of the nonprofit or have any formal association with it. All contributions are considered unrestricted gifts and can't be specified for any particular purpose.


Short Summary

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.

The Impact

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!).

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This campaign ended on October 1, 2013
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  • $10USD
    A Little Lyons Love

    Thank you for sending Lyons some love! Every penny counts!

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  • $13USD
    13 Years of Lyons Love

    This donation represents the 13 years that Lyons' community has blessed me with. Thank you for your contribution!

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  • $25USD
    Lyons Lover

    Thank you for helping our community! Our evacuees will be well taken-care of thanks to you.

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  • $50USD
    L'amour de Lyons!

    C'est si bon! No, not THAT Lyons, silly. Thanks for your generosity!

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  • $100USD
    Lyons Roar!

    WOW! You really love our little town, don't you? Thank you so much for you donation; our residents sleep easier tonight thanks to you.

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  • $250USD
    A Whole Lotta Lyons Love

    Unforgettable, that's what you are! And we'll never forget what you've done to save our town. We will make it thanks to you!

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    Lavish Lyons Love!

    L is for the way you look at me, O is for the only one I see, V is very very extraordinary, E is even more than anyone that you adore! And we adore you! Thank you thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Our little town is starting to feel like home again!

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  • $1,000USD
    Lyons' Biggest Fan

    You, sir or madam, are restoring everyone's faith in humanity. I've known this town since 3rd grade, and it breaks my heart to see my childhood wash away. Thank you for helping us rebuild with your amazing kind-heartedness and willingness to lend a neighbor a helping hand!

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