Help the folks in Lyons, CO

If you’ve been following the news this week, you’ll have likely seen some frightening images of the flooding occurring now along the front range on the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, CO. An overwhelming barrage of rain – close to 20 inches in the past week – has seen cascades on water running down the foothills into towns along the swollen rivers and creeks, leaving devastation in its wake.

Last Thursday we posted some video from the site of RockyGrass in Lyons, which showed several feet of water running through the Planet Bluegrass Ranch where the festival is held. This new video captures a view of the stage from the audience perspective, as white water races by.

Another clip shows the scope of damage in the campground, with the hopeful sign of heavy equipment already starting the recovery process.

Planet Bluegrass Festival Director Craig Ferguson tells us that he has visited the site, but that extent of the damage won’t be certain for some time. He was especially pleased to see the stage make it through in one piece, and that overall, the site is in much better shape than was initially feared.

Though the park’s Fall concert series has been cancelled, Ferguson told the Denver Post that his message to RockyGrass regulars was to get their 2014 tickets early.

This part of the state has a sizable contingent of bluegrass fans and players, many of whom have suffered damage to their homes and property. If you feel so called, the Lyons Community Foundation is accepting online donations to assist those in need during this difficult time. They are a certified 501(c)3 organization.

You can get more details online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.