Local agencies pitch in to speed flood recovery

Banks, oil and gas companies and the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department are trying to do what they can to help Front Range residents recover from the recent floods.

While banks such as Wells Fargo have donated $150,000 toward the effort, more than two dozen energy companies have given the American Red Cross $1.5 million to help with the recovery.

Meanwhile, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department is asking residents to donate specific items, from baby diapers to work gloves.

“Just like me, my family and my neighbors, thousands of Coloradans have been displaced from our homes,” said Tisha Schuller, president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, who lives in Boulder County, one of the hardest hit areas of last week’s flooding. “I experienced firsthand how the Red Cross is immediately here to meet physical, emotional and logistical needs.”

Wells Fargo, which is based in Denver, is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross, $30,000 to the Salvation Army and $20,000 to the Foothills Relief Fund.

The company also is collecting donations from customers through 270 of its automated teller machines across the state. Through it, customers can donate as much as they like, will not be charged a fee and will see 100 percent of their donations go to the Red Cross.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to our friends, neighbors and customers whose lives have been turned upside down by the horrific flooding in many Colorado communities,” said Keith Lobis, Wells Fargo’s area president for Colorado. “We want to help them through this difficult experience, and we are offering special programs for customers affected by this tragedy.”

Montrose Sheriff Rick Dunlap said his office is responding to needs for specific items that Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith told him have been hard to get. That includes such things as socks, sunscreen, bug spray, outdoor tools, and several baby items, such as formula, wipes and jarred baby food.

His office is accepting such items all this week. To donate, bring the items to 1200 N. Grand Ave. in Montrose.


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