The now notorious orange plume is clearing in Durango, but the problems the toxic sludge left behind go far beyond the yellow tinge on river rocks still visible from downtown.
The Animas River in southwestern Colorado will remain closed at least another week after millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into the river.
If the state can get a “disaster declaration” it would free up grant money to pay for debris removal and repairs.
Officials in El Paso and Pueblo counties said they will ask Gov. John Hickenlooper for a disaster declaration after rain and flooding pounded the region over the past three weeks.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a disaster declaration allocating $20 million to help fight a fire that has killed one person and damaged more than 100 structures.