As you may know, the MapMyFitness headquarters is in Austin, TX. What you may not know is that our company actually launched in Denver, CO and we still have 30+ employees in our downtown Denver office.
During the week of September 9, 2013, heavy rain and catastrophic flooding occurred along Colorado’s Front Range from Colorado Springs north to Fort Collins. The situation intensified on September 11th and September 12th with Boulder County being the worst hit, with 9.08 inches of rain recorded September 12th and up to 17 inches of rain recorded by September 15th. To put that in comparison, this amount of rain is comparable to Boulder County’s average annual precipitation (20.7 inches, 525 mm). Thousands were evacuated and eight total have lost their lives. Our condolences and thoughts are with anyone impacted by this disaster.
We are thankful to report that none of our employees in Denver suffered any property damage or were forced to evacuate. That said, we all know many that were and some of us have displaced friends staying with us for the time being.
Last Thursday, a group of MapMyFitness employees from the Denver office headed up to Longmont (near Boulder) to help out with the cleanup and recovery process. Our team helped out in two of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in Longmont. Prior to reaching Longmont, the flooded river jumped its channel and followed railroad tracks into the city. These neighborhoods were close to the tracks and had no warning.
The owners of the first home we helped were picked up by a pontoon boat in front of their home when the storm hit. Both cars were completely destroyed. They are elderly and owners of one of the world’s foremost model collections (plains, trains, and autos). Our job was to salvage what we could from the sewage infested basement (flood waters peaked at 6 feet).
The second home we helped was also owned by an elderly couple (as are many of the homes in these neighborhoods). They were done with salvage and ready for demo. The flood waters peaked at 8 feet in their basement. In both cases, the flood moved through their house like a river, no slow seepage.
This community (and many surrounding) will be recovering and repairing the damage for many months (and possibly years) to come. We’re so humbled we were able to contribute to the restoration of the Denver/Boulder area and want to thank everyone for the well-wishes we have received. The work is not over, yet. If you would like to give back, please visit Boulder Flood Relief to donate.