LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper says the state is working as quickly as it can to fix the damage and help the victims of the floods.

Hickenlooper visited some of the hardest hit areas of the state on Thursday, including Loveland. He met with local officials as well as community and business leaders.

Hickenlooper says the key to recovery is to act quickly.

“Transportation, getting the roads back in, is the most important thing. But also we’ve got a lot of people, several thousand people are out of housing. They can’t get back, even if their home wasn’t destroyed, they haven’t been able to get back in yet. So that creates other problems like where their kids go to school,” Hickenlooper said. “So we’re trying to sort through all that stuff in real time. We don’t have six months to do a survey … we’ve got to get this stuff figured out in the next week or two.”

The governor decided against calling a special session of the legislature to deal with financing. He said the state’s so-called “rainy day” fund is just the thing to deal with some of the costs.

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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