Broadcasters across Colorado, including several public media stations, raised $1.1 million Sept. 18 during Colorado Flood Relief, a live fundraiser.
Torrential rains caused the massive flooding, which began Sept. 9. Floods have destroyed some 1,800 homes so far, with property losses statewide estimated at almost $2 billion, according to Reuters. The death toll stands at 10, with 140 people missing.
Public stations joined 14 commercial news outlets for the fundraiser, which ran from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Participating were Denver pubcasters Rocky Mountain PBS, Colorado Public Television and KUVO-FM; KUNC-FM in Greeley; KGNU-FM, Boulder; KRCC-FM, Colorado Springs; KAFM-FM, Grand Junction; and KVNF, Paonia.
Gov. John Hickenlooper was interviewed during the program, and a message from Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning ran on all stations.
Red Cross volunteers took calls for donations that will be split among that organization and several food banks.