One Colorado County Helps Another With Flood Repairs
BERTHOUD, Colo. (CBS) – The historic floods in Colorado damaged hundreds of miles of roads and damaged hundreds of bridges.
In Weld County alone, 122 bridges were damaged. Weld County Public Works crews had about 65 percent of the roads re-opened by Wednesday.
But when it came to getting 25 bridges passable, Weld County needed a little help.
Douglas County crews have worked sun up to sun down for three days to get a bridge near Berthoud repaired and passable.
“Our crews are already stressed. We can’t get to enough. We need to open as many roads as we can as quickly as we can,” said Weld County Public Works spokesman Don Dunker.
It’s a temporary but safe fix so the people around Berthoud can get to work and school and deliver crops.
It’s harvest time and Weld County is a key agricultural producer in the nation. Getting roads and bridges open is essential for farmers and the economy.
“We’re the No. 1 agricultural county in the state of Colorado and a lot of our farm roads were washed out,” explained Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway. “We have farmers with crops in the field and if we don’t get those crops out over the next couple of weeks — if we don’t get our crops to market we’re going to have another disaster, an agriculture disaster.”
Nine Douglas County employees are working on the repairs. They hope to get the damaged bridge near Berthoud fixed by Friday.
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