Repairing homes, roads and other property damaged by the floods that washed through much of the Front Range in September has already cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but there is still much work to do, according to a summary last month from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office.
Colorado has used $296 million of state and federal funds in flood recovery efforts, but that’s only about a third of the $815 million that has been allocated, the report said.
Earlier last month a Community Development Block Grant made $62.8 million available for long-term recovery. The funds will be used for economic development, infrastructure and prevention of further damage to flood-affected areas.
Helping communities recover from the natural disaster that caused many Coloradans to evacuate their homes and left eight dead has become a full-time job for hundreds of people. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, the Colorado Department of Transportation and other state agencies have 760 people working daily on flood recovery, the report said.
As recently as Christmas week, CDOT workers helped residents in Big Thompson Canyon with debris removal and flood cleanup efforts.