Federal Emergency Management Agency
After days of cleanup and repairs, transportation officials have reopened several state highways in the aftermath of powerful floods that ripped bridges and roads in northern Colorado, severely restricting travel in populated areas.
The federal government is ready to help flood victims but some people are reluctant to apply for it because they are in the country illegally.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says they’ve provided $12.3 million in assistance to Colorado flood victims, with nearly all of the money going to temporary housing and home repairs.
Coloradans watched for more spills in flooded oilfields as crews waited for the waters to recede so they could begin cleanup operations.
With snow already dusting Colorado’s highest peaks, the state is racing to replace key mountain highways washed away by flooding,
Jessica Klauzer-Zimmerman and her children have been sleeping on friends’ couches since floodwaters sloshed into her Boulder townhouse — which wasn’t covered by flood insurance.
As in any natural disaster, Coloradans step up to help their neighbors – they’ve had a lot of practice. In some cases, that even means letting complete strangers into their homes.
Rescue crews were back in the air in Boulder County on Tuesday and the blue skies helped them get a clear handle on who still needs in help and in which areas.
The emergency airlifts of flood victims waned Tuesday, leaving rescue crews to systematically search the nooks and crannies of the northern Colorado foothills and transportation officials to gauge what it will take to rebuild the wasted landscape.
Emergency officials say about 1,000 people in Larimer County are still awaiting rescue.