Residents rush for sandbags as rising rivers threaten homes

Larimer County volunteers filling 30,000 sandbags

Larimer County, Colo. - Not far from the Big Thompson Canyon volunteers are bagging up peace of mind.

"We've filled around 27,000 bags," said SERVE 6.8 Disaster Response Director, Zane Strange.

SERVE 6.8, Red Cross and Larimer County are teaming up to provide 30,000 sandbags this weekend to residents in Larimer County. By Thursday evening, they had already delivered about 15,000 sandbags in the canyon as raging rivers began to breach their banks.

"These people want security, they want to feel safe. We can't get the bags to the canyon fast enough because they're disappearing at every drop location we have up there," Strange said.

A survivor of the 2013 floods, Bill Brumagim, lives on the Big Thompson River. On Thursday he received a truckload of the sandbags to his backyard.

"It just kind of gives you a warm fuzzy that there are people out there willing to put them together for us," Brumagim said.

Brumagim has watched the levels on the Big Thompson rise and has already had water spill over onto his property. On Wednesday night he was forced to dig a pond to divert water away from his basement.

"We were flooded big time last night," Brumagim said.

The runoff is twice what it was during last year's floods, and there's growing fear it could get worse this weekend as rain could add to the massive snow melt.

"These sandbags will be added insurance -- so to speak -- to protect the barn," Brumagim said.

Volunteers for SERVE 6.8 will continue to bag over the weekend, but the program will continue through the summer.

They are looking for volunteers to fill sandbags. You can sign up using the following link:

Sandbags are available or will be available in the following locations:
ESTES PARK: 1754 Fish Hatchery Rd: Bags on Site
GLEN HAVEN: Fire Station: Coming Soon 
DRAKE: South side of HWY 34 & East of River Fork Rd Bridge:  Coming Soon 
WEST LOVELAND: East of N County Rd 27, South side of HWY 34 (CDOT Right-Of-Way): Coming Soon 
VFD Station 1: 11835 Rist Canyon Rd: Coming Soon 
Just South of 4390 Stove Prairie Rd: Coming Soon 
POUDRE PARK: 10069 Poudre Canyon Rd: Coming Soon 
BELLVUE: Watson Lake 1936 W Rist Canyon Rd:  Coming Soon 
LOVELAND/FORT COLLINS: The Ranch, 5280 Arena Cir: Bags on site
For information on when sandbags are available go to:





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