Last September hundreds of people got trapped in their small communities and had to be rescued when flood waters destroyed all the roads. They were airlifted to safety in Black Hawk helicopters.
Colorado is sending National Guard members to help in the response to the mudslide in Washington.
Gov. John Hickenlooper says all Colorado highways damaged by September’s massive floods will be reopened before Thanksgiving, well ahead of the Dec. 1 goal the state had set.
Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday the offer is open to veterans, active-duty personnel, Reserve and National Guard members and their families. Identification and proof of service are required.
Thanks to some dedicated construction crews a portion of Highway 36 will reopen Monday, about a month earlier than anticipated.
Colorado will pick up the tab for National Guard engineers helping rebuild the main highway leading to Rocky Mountain National Park because of the federal government shutdown.
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.
While officials promise that direct aid to Colorado flooding victims won’t be affected by a possible government shutdown, a standoff in Washington could still end up hurting the state’s recovery efforts.
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 Lyons mother who went into labor in the middle of the flood says it was a life and death race to escape for her and her baby.