LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - With water levels once again on the rise in the Big Thompson River, Larimer County has announced plans to demolish six homes seriously damaged by the 2013 flood.
Contractors will begin Tuesday to demolish houses that have a high probability of being washed downstream or collapsing. Those problems could cause secondary flooding or damage to newly repaired infrastructure downstream.
"It's unfortunate we need to complete the demolition Mother Nature started with the 2013 flood, however, we do need to protect public safety by removing what have become dangerous buildings," county building official Eric Fried said Monday in a statement provided by the county.
Water levels in the river were ratcheting up through out Monday morning as the Bureau of Reclamation increased flow from 40 cubic feet per second up to 150 cfs. Water was being diverted from Lake Estes to reservoirs over the past few weeks, but that ended over the weekend.
After the last fall's flooding, 30 homes were identified as dangerous by the Larimer County Building Department. Some were demolished by the owners and others were repaired. Other properties will have bank stabilization work to shield the land from future danger.
Money for the demolition work will come from the general fund. If a property owner is not insured or insurance does not cover the demolition costs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Colorado may reimburse the County for 87.5 percent of the demolition costs and the owner will be responsible for the remainder.