6 months after Colorado's devastating floods the focus is on recovery progress

Spring runoff a concern in flood-damaged areas

DENVER - Six months after Colorado's devastating floods the focus is on the progress of the recovery.

Historic rainfall swept through the Front Range for five days last September, with some areas receiving more than 17 inches of rain.

The flooding killed as many as 10 people, forced more than 18,000 from their homes, destroyed 1,882 structures and damaged at least 16,000 others, according to the State of Colorado.

Some of the hardest hit communities included Jamestown, Lyons, Longmont, Glen Haven, Estes Park and Evans.

“The flooding disrupted the lives of thousands, changed the course of streams, isolated mountain communities, and left major roadways impassable in many places,” said Tom McCool, federal coordinating officer for the disaster.

“More than 1,200 men and women from FEMA were mobilized from all over the country to this disaster," McCool said. "We’re proud to be part of the team as Coloradans recover, rebuild and renew their lives.”

-- Federal aid

More than $284 million in federal funds has been provided to impacted residents.

Approximately $222 million has come in the form of disaster grants to individuals and families, flood insurance payments and low-interest loans to renters, homeowners and businesses.

More than $62 million has been obligated to state and local governments’ response and recovery work, officials said.

The 11 counties designated for individual assistance are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan and Weld.

The 18 counties designated for public assistance are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington and Weld.

-- Danger continues

Boulder County is asking residents to look for springtime flood hazards and sites that need to be fixed before the spring runoff starts.

Runoff and preparedness meetings are scheduled on the following dates:

-- March 11: For residents of Fourmile Canyon Drive, Gold Run, Fourmile Canyon and Twomile Canyon Creeks, Wagonwheel, Lee Hill, Bow Mountain, Pinebrook and Linden areas.

-- March 12: For residents of Jamestown, Lefthand Canyon, James Canyon, Streamcrest, Brigadoon, Oriole Estates and Nimbus Road areas.

-- March 13:For residents of South Boulder Creek, Boulder Creek and Coal Creek areas.

The meetings will be helf from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder.

Boulder County has at least 94 flood-damaged sites that need to be fixed before spring runoff, and officials want help spotting more.

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