Colorado Flooding: Lyons evacuees allowed to return home Thursday, but only for the day

Meeting for Lyons residents in Longmont Thursday

LYONS, Colo. - Residents will be allowed to return to Lyons starting Thursday.

People who reenter their homes are still under no-flush and boil water orders.

They will be allowed access to their homes from dusk to dawn but there will be a "hard closure" at dusk, after which people won't be allowed in or out of that area after dark, said Commander Heidi Prentup, with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

"We estimate, based on the perimeter we put, which is roughly equivalent now to the 500-year flood event, there's upwards of 12,000 structures threatened. To date, we have assessed, for single residences, there's 166 single residences that are damaged, 120 of those are destroyed," said Dan Dallas, Incident Commander from Rocky Mountain Incident Team B.

Dallas said 60 commercial properties are in the flood zone. Of those, 28 are damaged and one is destroyed.

Business owners in Lyons were given their first look at the flood damage on Wednesday.

Despite the flood surge, Wayne Anderson’s two businesses:  The Fork Restaurant and the Spirit Hound Distillery on Main Street made it through the epic flood.

He and his employees spent part of Wednesday cleaning up the mess.

If you go home and you find your home damaged or destroyed, register with FEMA for a grant. You can register by calling 1-800-621-3362 or going to http://DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov.

FEMA spokesman Ricardo Zuniga said Wednesday more than 6,400 people and businesses are already registered, and have asked for $430,000 in assistance.

The FEMA grants are to meet basic needs, such as food, housing or immediate repairs, and not to fully compensate people for rebuilding their homes.

A town hall meeting for Lyons residents will be held Thursday evening at the Longmont Civic Center at 7 p.m. to discuss long term plans.

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