$1 million in relief checks heading to Lyons flood victims

LYONS, Colo. - Relief checks totaling nearly $1 million will be mailed Friday to Lyons area residents who suffered losses in the September floods.

Individual grants, ranging in size up to $5,000, are being mailed to individuals and families struggling to recover frolm the flood that ravaged the Boulder County town, cutting it off from the outside world for several days.

More than 800 donors contributed over $950,000 to Rebuild Lyons – One Life at a Time, a joint effort of The Lyons Community Foundation and the Lyons Community Basic Needs and Emergency Fund, officials said.

"Being able to collect and distribute this money just in time for the holidays is the best gift we could have ever wished for," said Liz Erley, Chair of the Lyons Community Foundation.

"As the Lyons community heals from the great losses we suffered in the September floods, I continue to be humbled by the love, generosity and hard work of those who support us.  Our community bond is greater now than ever," said Christy Cope, Chair of the Rebuild Lyons One Life at a Time.

The $950,000 was raised with help from The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, The Dr. Scholl Foundation, Foothills Flood Relief Fund, and hundreds more generous individual and corporate donors.

The Lyons Community Foundation is a fund of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. The Lyons Community Basic Needs and Emergency Fund is fiscally sponsored by Lyons Community Church.

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