Three weeks ago, intense rainfall along Colorado’s Front Range caused massive localized flooding that devastated homes, closed major highways and required the evacuation of thousands of residents.
Coke associates took pictures of Estes Park in Colorado.
At least eight people lost their lives. President Obama signed a major disaster
declaration for Colorado, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local
recovery efforts. While many
Our Denver and Colorado Springs distribution centers are now open and operating normally, but the disaster initially hampered deliveries to customers in Boulder, Estes Park, Lyons, Longmont, Loveland, Firestone, Johnstown, Superior and Louisville.
Coca-Cola associates making a delivery soon after the flooding at a Walgreens in Boulder, CO.
Coca-Cola’s Colorado team provided beverages to evacuation centers. The team has worked tirelessly with the Red Cross and other relief organizations, Governor John Hickenlooper’s office, customers, and the local communities to provide relief loads of DASANI water and other beverages.
people see the
On Monday, September 23, our local team coordinated with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the National Guard to deliver beverages to a Safeway store in Estes Park. Coca-Cola was the first beverage vendor to enter the town since Friday, September 13, when flooding closed and washed away roads.
Supervisors Bill Frisbie and Tom Cruz made that first delivery in a
“It was surreal to see places where entire roads were washed away and houses were now located in the middle of lakes,” said Frisbie.
Highway 72 on the way to Estes Park in Colorado.
“Military were posted at almost every corner and they cleared our truck immediately to get into the town of Estes Park with a welcome wave,” said Cruz.
manager was grateful to welcome
“The shelves were nearly empty when we arrived and people were taking cases almost as fast as we were able to put them on the shelves,” said Hernandez.
“I was glad to have the opportunity to help the community,” said Mathews. “It was an incredibly rewarding experience and probably one of the most fulfilling aspects of working for this company.”
Field Service Director Steven Josselyn and Full Service Supervisor Scott Penrod from Colorado Springs joined others over the weekend making water deliveries to impacted towns.
final damage assessments are still being conducted,
If you would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).