Colorado gets $4.6M to hire workers in flood zones to help with temporary repairs, more

DENVER - The state of Colorado is getting a multi-million dollar grant to hire temporary workers to help with flood recovery work.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Monday it is getting a $4.6 million National Emergency Grant to launch a Flood Recovery Jobs Program.

Officials said they plan to hire about 230 temporary workers to help with clean up and recovery in the nine counties designated by FEMA for public assistance -- Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Washington and Weld.

"This grant will give us a chance to provide dislocated workers and long-term unemployed Coloradans with job opportunities assisting in their communities, addressing long-term recovery issues," Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek said.

Workers will be hired to operate equipment; clean and repair culverts, roads and levees; restore playgrounds and trails; and supervise crews.  Some workers may be hired to help with distributing food and clothing and performing administrative work.

Workers may earn up to $12,000 for six months of employment.

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