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Flood Assistance Resources
In September 2013, unprecedented rain affected Commerce City and neighboring communities up and down the Front Range. It is expected that it will take months to rebuild and repair from the devastation.

Commerce City signed an emergency declaration on Sept. 12, 2013 and President Obama declared a Major Disaster Declaration for four counties in Colorado that weekend. This means Adams County residents may now apply for federal assistance for damage and loss incurred as a result of flooding, severe storms and landslides that began September 11, 2013.

FEMA Assistance
FEMA aid is designed to help meet emergency needs not met by insurance or other forms of assistance. There is no cost to register for these programs. Anyone who was impacted by the floods should register with FEMA to learn about what assistance might be available to you. There is no obligation to use these services if you are approved.

What assistance for qualified applicants may include:
  • Grants to rent temporary housing as needed
  • Grants for home repairs not covered by insurance
  • Grants for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance - such as medical or dental expenses, moving and storage fees, and personal property replacement.
  • Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance

How to register:

  • Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov
  • Apply via smartphone at m.fema.gov
  • Call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362
  • Those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585
  • Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362 

What information you need:
  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where you can get mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers if you want direct deposit of any financial assistance

Adams County Disaster Recovery Center
Colorado residents who suffered losses and damages as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides can get information about disaster assistance at:

South Adams County Fire Department
4711 E. 69th Ave.
Commerce City, CO 80022
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week

Representatives from FEMA and the SBA are among the agencies represented at each DRC to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.

For individuals who have hearing and visual disabilities or are deaf, Disaster Recovery Centers can provide such accommodations as:

  • Captioned telephones, which transcribe spoken words into text
  • The booklet “Help After a Disaster” in large print and Braille
  • American Sign Language interpreters, available upon request  
  • Magnifiers and assistive listening devices
  • 711-Relay or Video Relay Services

Survivors with losses from the storms, flooding, mudslides or landslides will save time by registering for help from FEMA before going to the DRCs.

Register with FEMA by phone:  800-621-FEMA (3362). People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages.

Register online:  www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Register by Web-enabled device, tablet or smartphone: type m.fema.gov in the browser.

Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling Program
A free, anonymous program designed to help those affected by the flood connect with services and receive emotional support offering in-home individual, couples and family counseling -- as well as group discussions in community settings.
For English, please call 303-853-3797
For Spanish, please call 303-280-6602

Want to help?

  • DO NOT go to the scene of a disaster. Volunteers are NOT needed for flood response.
  • Financial support for responding agencies is the most effective form of assistance.
  • If you wish to volunteer, click here to register in the volunteer bank. You will be called when needed.
  • Click here to see a list of needed donated items.
Tel: 866-621-3362
Web: www.DisasterAssistance.gov