Valley resources ready to aid flood victims
From nurses, law enforcement officers and septic-system inspectors to county, city and town managers, engineers and heavy-equipment operators, Roaring Fork Valley residents are offering help to the flood-ravaged Front Range effective immediately.
As many as 65 employees of multiple jurisdictions and districts between Aspen and Basalt have been added to a list of resources being collected by the state Emergency Operations Center in Centennial, according to a statement. It is unlikely that local resources would be called upon all at once to help with the flood response and recovery, but local officials anticipate they’ll be needed in the coming months as Front Range resources begin to dwindle and officials there need to recharge.
There are 23 experts on the list in health-related fields and 19 public-works experts, ranging from engineers to heavy-equipment operators. Local law enforcement officers are on the list to be deployed if necessary, along with city and town managers from Aspen, Pitkin County, Snowmass Village and Basalt.
“This is the largest disaster Colorado has ever seen, and the cooperation out of the Northwest Region, which includes Pitkin County, has been incredible and greatly appreciated by the state,” said state Office of Emergency Management Field Manager Chuck Vale. “We’re in it for the long haul to get northeast Colorado infrastructure back in place before winter.”
Officials said their ability to respond to an emergency here will not be impacted.
“This is a remarkable showing of coordinated community leadership, egos checked at the door, with only the best interests of our fellow counties, cities and towns in mind,” said County Manager Jon Peacock. “For example, the town of Basalt has offered to help cover for us if the need arises in Pitkin County while some of our resources are on the Front Range. At no time will we be unable to respond to our core community needs.”
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