In Evergreen, about 15 miles west of Denver, many of the 9,000 residents are so eager to help that the fire department had to issue a "Thanks, but no thanks."
First, the Evergreen Fire Rescue Department tweeted, "Thank you for donations of food but please no more. If you want to help, go to (Station) 2 for sandbagging tonight."
Forty minutes later, came another tweet: "Thank you Evergreen neighbors! EFR has plenty of help sandbagging."
No government gridlock here
Sen. Mark Udall was on a helicopter reconnaissance mission with Hickenlooper and other elected officials Saturday that twice was diverted to pick up groups of stranded residents.
"That dog and the cat and those seven people on those two helicopters didn't ask us whether we were Democrats or Republicans," Udall said.
He promised a bipartisan push in Congress for federal aid for flood recovery.
Hickenlooper got a call Sunday from President Barack Obama, and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate will arrive Monday. A joint National Guard-U.S. army command and hundreds of FEMA workers are already in the state.
Boulder County alone will need an estimated $150 million to repair 100 to 150 miles of roadway and 20 to 30 bridges, county transportation director George Gerstle said.
According to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, the floods have destroyed 1,502 residential structures and damaged 17,494.