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This past Thursday, Dec. 30, was a devastating day for our neighboring cities in Boulder County. We watched as the Marshall wildfires ripped through the towns of Louisville, Superior and Broomfield. Even though Longmont was saved from the fires, some residents have family and friends residing in these areas. The news reports were heart-wrenching to watch.
Our city manager did not hesitate to dispatch first responders and support staff to help contain the fires and assist where needed. Longmont’s Senior Center, with the help of the county sheriff’s department, welcomed and directed evacuees to the shelters in Boulder, Broomfield and Longmont.
The Senior Center prepared over 100 hot meals for the North Boulder Recreation Center’s evacuees. While I worked at the Senior Center, I wasn’t surprised at the number of residents who called to generously volunteer time and donations.
The Boulder County Foundation of Boulder County has activated it’s wildfire fund. Donations can be made at commfound.org.
The work to help the cities get up and running has just begun. Longmont has joined other municipalities in the counties in the recovery work. Friday, New Year's Eve, was a day of organizing, getting utilities running and prioritizing needs.
It is early in this effort so there is no timeline for completion. I’m asking for your patience and kind hearts as Longmont shares resources in time and personnel to help our neighbors through this climate tragedy.
My hope for all of us in 2022 is that we embrace all the good parts of our lives and help each other to thrive.
Happy New Year!