From The Denver Post (Ryan Parker):
The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied additional county designations for flood disaster assistance on Thursday. Governor John Hickenlooper was notified residences in Broomfield, Denver, Gilpin, Otero and Pueblo counties would not be covered under the Individual Assistance program, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
The determination was based on the results of the joint federal, state and local government Preliminary Damage Assessments, which determined damage in those counties “is not of the severity and magnitude to warrant their designation under the Individual Assistance program.”
“Furthermore, it has been determined that the damage to the infrastructure in Broomfield, Otero, and Pueblo counties is not of the severity to warrant their designation under the Public Assistance program,” the letter to Hickenlooper stated, according to the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
The state may appeal the denial within 30 days, which Hickenlooper is currently considering, according to the release.
FEMA previously awarded Individual Assistance status to 11 counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan and Weld.
The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is Nov. 14.
FEMA also has awarded Public Assistance status to 18 counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington and Weld.
Public Assistance — Category B Emergency Protective Measures – Direct Federal Assistance — for Broomfield and Pueblo counties.