LYONS, Colo. (CBS4) – Federal Emergency Management Agency inspectors have been going door-to-door in Lyons assessing the damage to homes. They’ve already doled out $32 million to Colorado flood victims.

The damage in Lyons and around it is very, very clear, but the town is slowly getting back on its feet.

A stroll down Park Street in Lyons tells the story of dramatic flooding and dramatic damage.

“It’s like a picture of the Grand Canyon — you can’t really get it until you see it firsthand,” homeowner Tom Chapin said.

Chapin’s basement was flooded with nearly 4 feet of water.

FEMA has already given out more than $30 million in disaster grants to Colorado victims. Inspectors say the amount depends on the severity of damage, and if the home’s livability is compromised.

“Our job is to determine the facts and then see exactly how much help we can provide,” William Rukeyser with FEMA said.

Inspectors use a specific and universal checklist to answer the big question.

“What’s the maximum amount of assistance that this person is eligible for?” Rukeyser said.

“This house is 110 years old this year, and it’s never flooded, so why would I need flood insurance? Chapin said.

They’re now worried about the future of their tight-knit neighborhood as some are simply moving away.

“Some people are done. They probably won’t come back to the street,” a neighbor said.

FEMA has set up about a dozen help centers across Colorado. They urge anyone with any kind of damage to register to see if they qualify.

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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