LYONS, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado state lawmakers toured Lyons for themselves Friday to view the damage.
Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, and state Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Lyons, walked through the streets that used to be packed with cars. They saw the damage and talked about how the state will work to rebuild.
“None of us can do this alone. I’ve been on the phone with Rep. Cory Gardner’s office as well as Rep. Jared Polis’ office. We need federal assistance, we need local assistance, and community members have just come together in a way they’ve never done before,” Singer said. “But that’s not going to be enough. It needs to be everybody together on something like this.”
“It’s beyond belief. You know we’ve got a whole new river channel and it’s taking out all these new bridges and access to homes and just looking around the neighborhood where we’re standing now and seeing the total devastation — that’s beyond anybody’s belief,” Heath said.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has just authorized an additional $20 million to help deal with the disaster. That brings the total of state funding for flood response to $26 million.
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