DENVER (AP) – The official in charge of recovery efforts in the aftermath of last week’s devastating Colorado floods says his priorities are rebuilding the state equal or better than it was before and operating “with a very heavy sense of urgency.”

Jerre Stead said Friday he also wants to finish assessing damages in the state quickly to reach agreements on assistance with FEMA. He says officials have finished assessing about three quarters of the damages from the floods, but assessments won’t be finalized until all the water is gone. He didn’t have a dollar estimate on damages so far.

Gov. John Hickenlooper named Stead the chief recovery officer on Thursday. He is the executive chairman of Englewood-based IHS Inc., a global information company with experts in fields including energy and economics.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.

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