ROCK SPRINGS — No place gets behind a good cause like Sweetwater County.
Residents once again showed their profound generosity by opening their wallets at the Rockin’ from the Rain fundraiser last Sunday. Folks donated more the $53,000 to help victims of the July 28 flood in Rock Springs.
The event was held at the Sweetwater County Events Complex where residents enjoyed live music, games, auctions and raffles, food and drink vendors throughout the afternoon and evening.
When the possibility of procuring federal funds to repair property damage to area homes became unlikely, a group of local business owners, elected officials and first responders quickly formed a committee to help out.
The group included Ron & Michelle Gatti, Rob Zotti, Heather Anderson, Jackson Ramsay, Amber Kramer, Laurie Griffin-Kolar, Matt McBurnett, Tim Kaumo, Rick Lee, Jim Wamsley, Judy Rodrick and John Pivic.
The entire event came together in a matter of about three weeks. Zotti said its testimony to the resolve and support our community has for people in times of trouble.
“The fact that we were able to raise that much money in such a short period of time says a lot about the people in our community and their willingness to help those in need,” Zotti said. “Time and time again the residents of Rock Springs and Sweetwater County have proven to be very generous when it comes to helping others.”
The city will be sending out an email in the next few days to all the people who filled out a Damage Survey report sent out by the city immediately after the storm. Officials are asking those who want to apply for assistance to complete the application that will be provided in the email.
Residents will be asked to provide some proof of loss like pictures of damage, clean up cost estimates and receipts showing what has been spent so far. The city will review these applications to get a total amount of damages and divide that into the total amount of funds raised and available for distribution, Zotti said.
That number is then multiplied by the total clean up costs for each individual applicant to determine the amount they will receive.
“We are wanting to make this as fair as possible. Rather than just giving everyone who applies an equal amount of money across the board, the amount each applicant will receive will be based on their total amount of clean up costs subject to a possible cap,” Zotti added.
He said the goal is to help as many people as possible in a meaningful way. Donations are still being taken and checks can be made out to Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce – Flood Relief and dropped off at the Chamber office located at 1897 Dewar Dr in Rock Springs.