Big Gigantic Flood Relief

Colorado’s Big Gigantic has turned two previously scheduled shows in the group’s home state into events benefiting those stricken by the flash floods that have devastated portions of the Rocky Mountain State during the last several days.

Not only have many people lost their homes and possessions because of the flooding but latest estimates put the death toll at eight with 1,253 still unaccounted for.  The numbers also paint a bleak picture when it comes to property damage with 1,502 houses destroyed and 17,494 damaged.  Approximately 11,700 people have been evacuated and at least 520 are currently in emergency shelters.

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Railroad tracks are undercut by flooding in Longmont, Colo.

“Right now we’re just moving from the life-saving mode to the life-sustaining mode,” Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management director Kevin Kline said.

Trying to ease the pain is Big Gigantic.  Already scheduled to play Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium Sept. 27 and Red Rocks Amphitheatre Sept. 28, the group announced that a portion of ticket sales from both shows will go to Conscious Alliance’s flood relief fund.  The organization set up to provide basic necessities to those whose lives have been affected by flooding will be at both venues on show nights to collect monetary donations as well as offerings of food, clothing, various cleaning and household items. 

If you’re not sure what to donate, Conscious Alliance says pasta meals and canned meats are the most requested items while toiletries, paper towels, toilet paper and the like are the most requested personal and household items.

To raise awareness for the two upcoming gigs benefiting flood relief, Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic will join Conscious Alliance outside the Boulder Theater Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2 until 4 p.m. to sell tickets sans service fees for the Sept. 27 Fillmore gig.  They’ll also be taking donations and signing up volunteers for a Big Gigantic cleanup day that’s yet to be determined.

Live Nation as well as local artists and organizations have stepped up to donate merchandise, tickets, art and more for a silent auction at the Fillmore with proceeds benefiting flood victims.

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Chris Ringdahl is comforted by Katherine MacIntosh as they cleanup from the floodwaters in Longmont, Colo.

For more information, click here Big Gigantic’s website and here for Conscious Alliance’s internet home.