When Mother Nature takes its toll, Martin Marietta’s Rocky Mountain Division is there to provide for its community. Unfortunately, recent years have seen major disasters in Colorado, during which the Division has offered manpower and materials for recovery.
Rebuilding after the Hyde Park Fire
In 2012, a forest fire sparked by a lighting strike set the area near Fort Collins, Colo. ablaze. The devastating fire burned more than 87,000 acres and destroyed 259 homes, making it the third most destructive fire in Colorado’s recorded history. Raging for three weeks between June 9 and June 30, the fire left many buildings and infrastructures burned and broken in its wake.
Whale Rock Bridge, previously a wooden bridge that was the entrance to a subdivision west of Fort Collins, was burned entirely after the fire swept through. The American Red Cross and Larimer County sought help to rebuild the bridge and allow residents back to the area, so the Rocky Mountain Division responded. Donating 10 yards of concrete, the division contributed to the new bridge by supplying fire resistance materials, making it safer and sturdier for residents in the future.
Much Work to Be Done After a 1,000 Year Flood Event
After unseasonably heavy rain in mid-September 2013, flood conditions erupted throughout Colorado as excess water saturated the ground, leaving it with nowhere to go. The flooded area was massive, with 17 counties affected. The worst of the flood occurred near Boulder, Colo. where 18.16 inches of rain fell in September, shattering the previous rainfall record of 5.5 inches. Rain fell at such unprecedented rate that more than 1,500 homes were destroyed and 17,000 damaged, and more than 11,000 people had to be evacuated. Along with homes, the raging waters destroyed or damaged more than 200 miles of state-owned highways, as well as many bridges, roads and other infrastructure.
Many in the Rocky Mountain sprang into action to help after the disaster. As water overflowed rivers and damaged roads, the Ready Mix district donated materials to help people get around immediately after the incident. They donated 27 concrete blocks for temporary bridges on Fish Creek and 3,870 yards of Flowable Fill to restore Highway 34, one of two main roads into the area, for recovery in the city of Estes Park. The Specialty Aggregates district also provided more than 30,000 tons of rip rap to Union Pacific and Jefferson County to fix canyons, rail lines and access roads.
Similarly, the Rocky Mountain Division aided the West Fort Collins Water District by offering supplies and equipment to repair a vital water supply line; providing a D-8 dozer and numerous loaders and graders, the Division aided in finding the cause of the broken line: a breach in a nearby silt pond. Martin Marietta donated concrete to repair the breach, and utilized their dewatering pumps to remove water to access the broken water line. Once fixed, the Division also provided ¾ inch rock for the bedding of the repaired water line.
Helping a Community Heal
After the record-breaking Hyde Park Fire and September 2013 flood, the Rocky Mountain Division wanted to help their community heal by donating their time, effort and materials. Recovery after such devastating events can be a long, painstaking process, but through their donations, the Division hoped to speed up that process for all the people in these terrible situations.