2 months of recovery from the Colorado floods: Update on roads, Lyons sewer, FEMA applications, more

DENVER - Nearly two months after devastating floods hit Colorado, cities, towns and counties across the damage zone are making strides toward recovery.

According to ColoradoUnited.com and the Governor's office:

- The Colorado Department of Transportation says 89 percent of damaged state and federal roadways are now open, with the remaining on track for opening by Dec. 1.

- FEMA has allocated $46.7 million to applicants in the counties eligible for individual assistance. 26,000 people have applied for help and 15,000 applications have been approved.

- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $57.3 million in low-interest disaster loans to Colorado homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations that have experienced physical or economic injury.

- FEMA has approved a third extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program that pays for eligible flood evacuees to stay in temporary housing. FEMA, Office of Emergency Management, and Division of Housing are working with impacted families and individuals to have more permanent housing solutions by Thanksgiving.

- The Town of Lyons ended its boil-water advisory last Friday and the waste water treatment plant has resumed operations. Nearly 90 percent of the town now has wastewater sewer service through permanent or temporary solutions, and the remaining 10 percent expect to have service within the next two weeks.

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