Community rallies financial support in wake of Animas River spill

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Community rallies financial support in wake of Animas River spill

While waiting to collect from the EPA, immediate options to help with losses exist
Jim Bryce with the La Plata County Mounted Patrol stockpiles water at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango for use by residents concerned about water quality. Businesses and individuals affected by the Gold King Mine spill will have a one-stop shop for assistance from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at a Local Recovery Center in the east end of the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
To apply and donate

To donate to the Community Emergency Relief Fund, checks should be made payable to Community Foundation – Community Emergency Relief Fund and sent to the foundation at P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302. Deposits may also be made directly at Bank of the San Juans, and donations via credit card may be made at www.swcommunityfoundation.org.
To apply for assistance from the Community Emergency Relief Fund, applications will be available by Wednesday at www.swcommunityfoundation.org or www.downtowndurango.org, or at the Business Improvement District office, 850½ Main Ave., Suite 2. Completed applications should be submitted to the BID.
For further information about the fund, contact the BID at 375-5067 or the foundation at 375-5807.
Applications for the First National Bank of Durango’s Animas Hardship Loan Program are available on the bank’s website at www.fnbdurango.com or can be taken in person at all of its locations: Main branch, 259 W. Ninth St.; Bodo office, 125 Sawyer Drive; inside Albertsons and Walmart; and in Bayfield at 351 Bayfield Center Drive. Detailed information on the program is also available on the website and at the branches.
For more information about the hardship program, call 247-3020.
For more information about the Local Recovery Center, call the Call Center at 385-8700 or email susan.hakanson@co.laplata.co.us.

Community rallies financial support in wake of Animas River spill

Jim Bryce with the La Plata County Mounted Patrol stockpiles water at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango for use by residents concerned about water quality. Businesses and individuals affected by the Gold King Mine spill will have a one-stop shop for assistance from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at a Local Recovery Center in the east end of the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
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