Our hearts go out to those whose lives have been devastated by the flooding in September throughout Colorado. We know that our members have been concerned about how the floods may have affected our Girl Scouts of Colorado properties, as have we.
With no access to the property, information has been very slow to come on the status of our property in Lyons, Kiwa Korral. Hundreds of Northern Colorado girls enjoy a volunteer-led day camp that’s held every year at the property, and the beautiful camp is beloved by GSCO girls, volunteers and staff around the state. Late last week, council staff got their first brief view of the property with our insurance adjustor. The state highway adjacent to the property is washed out, and the flow of the nearby creek diverted itself and has enlarged by many times to be river-sized and has expanded to the opposite side of our property, leaving Kiwa Korral as an island. Because we are not permanent residents, we will not have access to the property for an indefinite period of time. The lodge is standing, but has suffered significant damage. The shelter is a loss, and the entire property is flooded with massive amounts of debris. It is truly saddening. We do not have a report as of yet from the insurance company, and no FEMA assistance is available to us. This is all of the information that is available to GSCO at this time.
We have just learned that Pawnee Lodge in Sterling did not sustain any damage. The other good news for GSCO is that no other camp properties incurred any flood damage. As soon as more information is available, we will continue to share it with our members and the public.