FEMA to help fund Colorado stream projects after 2013 flooding

BOULDER, Colo. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to reimburse Colorado and local governments for part of the cost of removing debris and targeting stream hazards that still threaten lives and property after September's flooding.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the assistance Friday and said it would initially focus on Boulder and Larimer counties.

He didn't say how much FEMA, the state and local governments might end up spending on the projects that the federal agency determines to be eligible. But other such local projects after the floods have been counting on FEMA reimbursing 75 percent of what's spent.

Cindy Domenico, chairwoman of Boulder County's board of commissioners, tells The Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/1fAPIue ) she hopes a similar cost-sharing formula will apply and work begins before snow starts to melt in the mountains.

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