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Another FEMA Disaster Center Opens To Help Flood Victims

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Another FEMA disaster center has opened to help flood victims. The latest location is in Idaho Springs for residents of Clear Creek County.

Many of the roads destroyed by recent flooding and heavy rains are privately-owned. That’s where FEMA funding comes in to help.

“We still have about 100 people who are walking up to a mile in and out every day up to Beaver Brook Canyon,” said Clear Creek County Commissioner Tom Hayden.

It’s the damage to driveways and access to homes that is the number one problem on the slopes of Mount Evans. Two weeks after the rains came and wiped out the road the rebuilding is inching along.

“Ours is a different type of damage,” said Hayden. “We got severe damage to our own infrastructure here.”

Since many impacted are private roads the assistance isn’t coming from the county, flood insurance doesn’t help and that’s what’s making the FEMA center in Idaho Springs so essential.

“It is difficult to get the word out that the FEMA Disaster Relief Center is open for business,” said Hayden.

Only a handful of people have shown up so far but the county is hoping residents will take the time to see how the government can help.

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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