Ward, Colorado

Ornery, beautiful, windy and cold in the winter, and winter lasts 9 months a year.

So why do people live here all year? Admittedly it takes a special kind of person to even want to live here. You have to be okay with isolation, cold, roads that don’t get plowed, the constant hyperawareness of the possibility of wildfire, power that goes out, internet service that is at the mercy of the elements, the occasional marauding bear, mountain lion, raccoon, 90 mph winds for 2 weeks in a row, snow drifts that bury cars, shovelling tons of snow, literally tons, spending 3 months collecting the firewood that you spend 9 months burning, and many more exhausting, exasperating, exhilarating activities.

And for what? Well, if you love winter and self-propelled winter activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, you have it made in the shade. The lifestyle encourages simplicity and humility. And then there’s the 2 to 3 months of glorious, green summer during which we hold our breaths, praying not to get struck by lightning or idiots with campfires.

What it all amounts to is a population of people who some might describe as recluses or misfits, but who are our community, who do fit in here, and they are strong and quarrelsome, kind and opinionated, artistically gifted and emotionally ornery . They are who they are, nothing more and nothing less. And that’s why we live here.

Long term flood recovery intake locations

The Long Term Flood Recovery Group (LTFRG) has organized 5 walk-in intake locations across the county from February 10-22. In order to be notified of available resources, including financial assistance from the LTFRG, residents affected by the flood are required to visit a walk-in center to complete a short interview regarding flood losses and recovery needs.

All information given at the walk-in centers is confidential and will assist designated case managers to help residents connect with available resources. The information will also help to develop a detailed estimate of the total cost for recovery in the community which helps the LTFRG as well as government agencies raise the necessary recovery funds and donations of building materials and supplies.

Interview questions are straightforward and should not require residents to supply any paperwork, although if flood survivors do have a FEMA number, they are asked to bring that with them to the center. Spanish language interpreters will be onsite at the Longmont location every day and will be available at other sites during designated hours. Sites are also wheelchair accessible (with the exception of the Altona Grange site) and appointments can be made for any ASL requirements.

South Boulder

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – 4215 Grinnell Ave, Boulder

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lyons

Walt Self Senior Center – 335 Railroad Ave, Building B, Lyons

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Longmont

First Lutheran Church – 803 3rd Avenue, Longmont

  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 North Boulder

Boulder Friends Meeting – 1825 Upland, Boulder

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Central Boulder County

Altona Grange – 9386 N 39th Street (at Nelson Road)

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information please contact the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group, at 303-895-3429 or floodrecovery@unitedwayfoothills.org.

 

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