The Boulder Office of Emergency Management is not currently asking for flood relief volunteers, and potential helping hands are being told to avoid disaster sites so as not to interfere with response efforts.
"The biggest help we can get is for people to remain calm and stay home so our first responders can get into the community and help get things understood and under control. After the situation has calmed, volunteer organizations will begin to coordinate the cleanup effort and donation centers will be established," the OEM said in a statement.
Updated information will be posted at boulderoem.com/emergency-status once available.
Though the city is not officially soliciting volunteers, some have found other ways to pitch in.
Boulder gym Crossfit Sanitas, for example, posted on Facebook: "Anyone in that area that is bored, if it's safe for you to get out here, we could use some help!"
"We had like 32 members show up within an hour," said Caleb Diebelt, head coach at the gym. "It's been awesome.
They've needed every bit of help they've gotten, as their 10,000 square-foot facility was soaked throughout in four inches of muddy water. They haven't tallied their losses yet, but replacing their destroyed Astroturf will cost around $15,000. Spirits are high, however, and thanks to members volunteering their time, the gym plans to reopen tomorrow.
"It's really cool to see everyone come out and help us out," Diebelt said.
Once his gym is clean, he plans to rally a crew to assist other gyms in their cleanup efforts.
"That's just part of the deal. We're all helping out," he said.
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley is helping out, too, opening its doors to any displaced pet owners who need a safe place for their animal. The organization's 600-deep network of volunteers has come out in force to help keep the pets clean and safe.
"We're taking these animals in and providing them shelter to be that safety net for them," CEO Lisa Pedersen said.
Other ways to help:
Help those affected during the days of storm ahead and during long-term recovery. The Salvation Army uses 100 percent of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations.
To give, visit imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate "Colorado Floods." You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* Donations by mail may be designated "Colorado Floods" and sent to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304
To help people affected by disasters like these floods, people can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be made by visiting ColoradoRedCross.org.
Help Colorado Now
HelpColoradoNow.org is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD). This initiative brings together government agencies and nonprofit organizations so they may better assist communities affected by disasters.
Foothills United Way
Foothills United Way has established the 'Foothills Flood Relief Fund' to be able to respond to the effects of these storms. Organizers expect to use this fund for immediate relief as well as longer-term recovery in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. The Fund is accessible online at unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief.
The Denver Post contributed to this report.