Hi Everyone: This has truly been a sad week to see our town battered like it was.
And more disheartening to realize that one person died, the many buildings and homes and land lost, but we are thankful we all made it outin the middle of the night! It seems to us that things are moving slowly, but the infrastructure of our town is the most important.
We can’t do anything without a sewer system; after which the rest will come along.
Our praises to the Town Staff for all the work they have been doing in trying to recoup. What a tremendous job they have done, as well as all the volunteers. Lyons has come together to try to get things back in order as soon as utterly possible. In a short week we have found out about all the agencies that are organized to help in these situations; most we hardly knew about, as well as non-profits that are organized. Check those listed in the Lyons Recorder and at the Disaster Center. Thanks to Rollie Heath for sending us a list.
Yes, it is hard to comprehend. We don’t want to believe it, but we must. One thing they say to do is keep donating to the agencies that are prepared, and they will send it to the proper recipients so they won’t have overload. Ed Kean, Dawn Weller, and Jonelle Tucker are three who are handling the information for Lyons folks at the Twin Peaks Mall. There is loads of information, which is helpful to you, your animals, and your situation. Stop there a few hours to volunteer.
Victoria, Town Manager, and Staff seem to have things under control, and have to do things according to FEMA’S rules and regulations for the town to get financial help. They assess over $43 million in damages. A group of folks from different agencies will be in town soon checking on all factions of the town, and historic sites.
It is hard to fathom this could happen when things were going so well. However, we must remember we are only a small section of this vast flood, where the waters have gone down all rivers, flooding other communities, where all ditches and rivers pour into various rivers for a distance of 500 miles!
I am trying to keep “positive” and be most “thankful” that more were not lost; that Cheron Boland survived when her car got wet and stopped along the road; that Ronnie Hilton’s alarm went off at 4 a.m., in time for he and his Mom to jump out the window before the house was taken; that Linda Backup had an upstairs to climb to and was finally rescued at 5 p.m., by one of the LaFollette boys; that Kathleen Spring and daughter, Anya, were helicoptered out. Anya with broken ribs and no medicine for days was taken to the hospital by Medivac. Those on Apple Valley Road and Old South and County Road 69E suffered severe damage, each has a harrowing story.
We are grateful for former Lyons Substation Suprvisor Dan Barber’s struggle and perseverance to get that siren installed. It saved many lives. And thanks to the Lyons Fireman and Sheriff’s Deputies who warned those up the canyon and surrounding areas, with their bullhorn and knocking of doors to give warning. God bless you all!
Thanks to the Town Board, all County, and State officials for their help in this, the worst calamity in the life of Lyons, Colorado, the entire Front Range, and beyond. I read today that the Big Thompson Flood on July 30, 1976, is still rated the worst. It killed 144 people, however it was not an entire town that was affected, but a thirty mile canyon
THE ECONOMIC DEV. COMMITTEE met Monday afternoon at the Twin Peaks Mall to try to gather their thoughts of getting the Lyons businesses back as soon as possible. Three from the Small Business Administration were present to offer their help. All are eager to pitch in. Lyons businesses are eager to open up, but need the infrastructure. Our thanks. They are planning a meeting with Lyons businesses soon. Make sure the town has your email.
The Town needs you, because without the businesses, we will have no town.
THE TOWN IS HOLDING A COMMUNITY MEETING THIS THURSDAY AT LIFEBRIDGE CHURCH, 7PM, to give up updates and answer questions.
TO SEE PEOPLE go to the Disaster Center and help at the Lyons table; here you will see your neighbors and friends, or go to the Longmont Post Office, where all four of our employees: Daphne, Jerry, Mark, and Lynn will wait on you,
YOU MUST SIGN UP WITH FEMA! 1-800-621-3362.
They will call you and provide some financial help in a few days. Eat at the Salvation Army food truck outside of the Disaster Center. Pick up cleaning supplies there (outside). Go to the Hope and Church tables, they will send out help to fill in holes, scoop out mud, etc.
Many churches are organized to help you individually
KEEP YOUR REPAIRS LOCAL: For repairs look in the Chamber Directory for those that do construction and repairs. For a pump, (303) 704-6293. For a tow truck, call George’s Towing. They are open and will help get your cars out of the mud, etc.
TO SUSPEND YOUR PHONE SERVICE call 1 (866) 968-9888, ext 130. Water testing: Boulder County Water Testing 5605 N. 63rd (303) 413-7416. Septic information www.SepticCSmart.org. For FEMA legal services, call (855) 424-534, or www.colofloodlegalrelief.org
MUSIC: We heard from Jayme Stone, a well know musician that will be playing a benefit for us this weekend, who says: “First of all, my heart goes out to everyone affected by the floods. What a week it’s been. While our home thankfully stayed high and dry, many good friends got flooded, stranded or evacuated. Some lost their home completely. In light of everything that’s happened, I’m going to donate the proceeds from my upcoming CD release concert to flood relief efforts. This will come after paying the musicians, two of whom live in Lyons and are facing many uncertainties right now. So, I urge you to please come to the show, support this worthy cause and hear one of the most amazing concerts I’ve ever put together. Truly. For those in Colorado Springs, I’ll be playing a smaller show at the Stargazers Theater on Saturday, September 28 as well.
Jayme Stone & The Other Side of the Air - CD Release Concert will be held on Thursday, September 26 at eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder. Band members are Jayme Stone (banjo), Enion Tiller (voice, violin), John Gunther (woodwinds), Eric Thorin (bass), Marc Dalio (drums), Chas Wetherbee (violin) | Emily Bowman (viola) and Ann Marie Morgan (cello),
(You might go there after the Town meeting, but should call for tickets)
SQUARE DANCE CLASS is open two more times, 6 p.m., on Wednesdays, at the Longmont Senior Center. Helps take the stress away and good exercise.
DR, JOE MECKLE, Chiropractor the past 25 years in Lyons, where he has treated almost everyone, says that "Steve McCain and David Wechsler are real heros - coming when the water was whipping at the 5th Street Bridge and putting material in the corner to keep the bridge from washing out with their small backhoe, of course, endangering their own lives.
HE WANTS US TO SAY A BIG "THANK YOU" (call me 303-877-6359 with your story or appreciation for this catastrophy in Lyons, Colorado, on Sept .11, 2013Dr Joe says he was flooded out of his home\office with 3 feet of water, ruining his $30,000 X-Ray machine and all equipment, and his house. He did save his records. He is staying at a motel in Westminster. God Bless You Joe..I hope you wont have to leave town!
WORTH NOTING: The flood waters are now in North Platte, Nebraska, where the South Platte River crested at 14.32 feet Sunday to set a record. The previous record level of 14 feet was set in June 1935; The flooding in Colorado killed seven people and destroyed more than 7000 homes and businesses; The river also set a record in Brady, Ne, at 10.2 feet Sunday eclipsing the previous mark of 9.5 feet; They state that they were prepared for what was coming and the communities had taken heed and precautions These flood waters are on their way to Omaha, Nebraska to the Mississippi River-500 miles, flooding all towns along the way.
THIS IS THE TIME: To act locally. To be grateful, for what could have and didn't happen to you and your family. This is the time to look at the relief organizations in this state who are playing a role in emergency services, in disaster relief, in providing shelter or food or transportation and get to people in need. If you generally give to community service organizations, now is the time to make an extra gift to be generous. If you don't give, now is the time to make your first gift. Send to the Lyons Community Foundation at commfound.org/cultureofgiving/nonprofits, or Foothills United Way: unitedwayfoothills.org; The cost of recovery is said to be a half a billion dollars, 43 million in Lyons. GIVE, GIVE, GIVE.
MORE HELP: Call Rubican 1-801-577-7658 or go to the parking lot of Home Depot to get help to clean up, also there are several churches and HOPE that will help you (table at Recovery Center).
BUSINESSES: There seems to be no Free Financial Help for businesses or landlords.The deadline to apply for a SBA Loan is Nov. 14, they encourage you to apply.
THANKS TO LONNY CLARK-CLARK'S HARDWARE - for working so hard to open up for his wares are needed.
CONTRACTORS are to sign up at the Recover Center (pay $50.00 for license; have liability insurance policy; name of someone who is hiring you. You can apply to: TOL.Contractorpassa@gmail.command. Contractors and Residents should track hours and costs for all work being done at your address for FEMA. Take before and after pictures if at all possible.
ST. VRAIN PIONEER ANNUAL DINNER-MEETING
Civil Union of Jennifer Lynn Brown and Gail Suzanne Elstun, on August 10. Congratulations.
WITH THE SICK
We are worried about Sally (Endres) Stambaugh formerly of Lyons, who is very ill in the Brighton Hospital. She has diabetes and heart failure.
She revived enough to say she wanted to try life supports and dialysis. We hope she will improve. Say prayers for Sally.
The Endres family were big contributors to the Lyons community from the 1950’s through 1980’s. Sally is a 1963 (or so) graduate of Lyons. Paul was a plasterer. Thelma, the mom, a housewife and teacher. Jim now lives in Denver, Nancy in California, and Sally and Linda in Nebraska.
We will all truly miss Gerald Boland, who was caught in the flood going back home to find his wife, Cheron, about 4 a.m., Thursday morning, September 12. He will be happy to know that Cheron got out safe and sound. Luckily her car drowned out at the Riverbend, while she, too, was going back home. No doubt she would have been caught in the flood, also. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held in a few weeks.
The Bolands are a big part of all our lives in Lyons. He coached basketball, taught in the High School and for years the 6th grade, and that is surely a lot of Lyons students. Cheron taught in the Lyons Elementary School and Spanish as a second language throughout the district. They had newly married when I saw them at the old high school (torn down in 1976) when he had just been hired by Principal E. R. Jones in 1959, so they have lived here fifty-four years and had celebrated their 54th anniversary. They met at UNC. He was raised in Greeley and she in Steamboat Springs. Their three children are Holli Stetson (married to Scott with two children) and Longmont’s volleyball coach; Amy married to Zack Hoe and is an athletic director, and Brent is married to Sarah, who she is a teacher and he is a computer programmer, and has a band; hey have two children. All the Bolands were top athletes in Lyons and brought honor to our school We truly express our sympathy and give tribute to this family.