Members of Utah’s National Guard are now on their way to Colorado to help repair roads damaged by the flooding.
The government shutdown has closed national parks and monuments, including Rocky Mountain National Park, and the timing couldn’t be worse for the town of Estes Park as it tries to recover from the floods.
The federal government is the state of Colorado’s largest employer with approximately 40,000 people on the payroll. In Colorado the effect of a partial government shutdown would be felt by different people in different ways.
As Colorado recovers from devastating flooding many towns are trying to get back to business as usual, and despite major road closures, this weekend’s Elk Fest in Estes Park went on as planned.
Businesses in Estes Park want everyone to know the town is open for business despite the two main highways being closed.
A ripple effect might be felt in Colorado if there’s a government shut down next week as road repairs could hit a major snag.
A convoy of heavy construction equipment is creeping over a high-elevation highway through Rocky Mountain National Park to join a massive highway rebuilding project after the Colorado floods.
Vice President Joe Biden is in Colorado for a helicopter tour of flood damage and to survey recovery efforts.
The body of a 79-year-old woman was found beside the Big Thompson River, authorities said Monday, bringing to eight the death toll from the massive flooding in Colorado.
Colorado officials are aiming to meet a Dec. 1 target to complete temporary fixes to at least some roads heavily damaged by catastrophic flooding this month.