Seeds Tossed In Boulder County After 2013 Flooding

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Boulder County employees tossed out seeds Wednesday morning to continue the recovery effort from the 2013 floods. Officials say it marks the end of the flood recovery buyout program.

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The program allowed affected homeowners to sell their homes at pre-flood value to the county.

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Those homes were then removed within the floodplain to allow a more natural area for flood waters while making it safer for residents.

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“Had this program not existed, many affected homeowners would have experienced major financial barriers moving forward after the flood,” the county said in a press release.

Employees were in Lyons where two homeowners took advantage of the buyout program.

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“We spread some seeds which is part of the restoration process, but I think everyone needed to feel that full cycle of having had the flood, having had recovery and now restoration and resilience,” said Deb Gardner, a Boulder County Commissioner.

In all, the county acquired 47 properties using funding from FEMA and HUD.

RELATED: Colorado Agencies Remember Historic Flooding Ahead Of Irma

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