We know there are a lot of questions about damage assessments and re-entry to the evacuated areas, and we will be sharing more information on that as soon as possible (today). There will be a media briefing hosted at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at 2 p.m., which will be livestreamed on Boulder OEM’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/BoulderOEM/
In the meantime, we want to address other concerns related to the recovery process:
Donations: Please, No More Drop-Offs
We have been overwhelmed by the community’s generosity any more physical donation drop-offs at this time. Please DO NOT bring donations to any of the evacuation centers or Sister Carmen. If you would like to help victims impacted by the fire, please consider a financial donation through the Community Foundation serving Boulder County, Red Cross or Sister Carmen, or sign up to volunteer. There will be many opportunities to volunteer in the days ahead as we continue to recover from this catastrophic event. If you have materials, food, water and services to donate, you can register online through a form on Boulder OEM’s website. Also, if you have housing you want to offer to victims, please register your home through the AirBnB’s Open Homes Program.
Concerns About Utilities/Freezing Pipes
We are working alongside our utilities partners to do as much as we can to protect homes in the evacuation zones from pipes freezing. When residents are allowed to re-enter their neighborhoods, Xcel will be on site going door to door to assist with utilities.
Our call center is overwhelmed with calls and are doing our best to answer calls as quickly as possible. Please be patient as we work to address your questions. We also encourage you to go to the Boulder OEM for the latest updates and information.
The shelter at Rocky Mountain Church in Niwot is closed. The only remaining open shelter operated by Boulder County will be at the YMCA in Lafayette.