In September of 2013 catastrophic flooding struck Colorado’s Front Range. President Obama declared a state of emergency and released the National Guard and FEMA. Entire communities were cut off when waters swept away mountain roads, and over 19,000 homes were damaged. The flooding left many of them filled with mud and debris. Before the rain even stopped, a small group of friends in Boulder went out and started shoveling. Inspired by the action, Aly Nicklas, director of Knee Deep, started a Facebook page meant to connect those who needed help with those who wanted to give it. It took off. Almost overnight, this group of friends was running a large scale disaster response effort, despite very little collective experience in either disaster relief or volunteer organization. This short documentary explores how communities can respond to natural disasters to build resilience and come out stronger.
Music by Paul Kimbiris and Phillip Parker
Filmed by Aly Nicklas & Ali Geiser
Additional film provided by The Denver Post