Evans scores $1 million in flood relief #COflood

Evans Colorado September 2013 via TheDenverChannel.com
Evans Colorado September 2013 via TheDenverChannel.com

From 9News (Blair Shiff):

The City of Evans received notice from Governor Hickenlooper’s office on Aug. 1 of a $1-million grant awarded to the city from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Water Quality Division – Natural Disaster Grant Program…

The City of Evans will use the grant monies according to the guidelines established by the Water Quality Control Division of CDPHE for the following:

  • Repairs to the existing wastewater treatment facility to allow reliable and effective wastewater treatment until the new facility is fully operational
  • Hazard Mitigation Plan implementation at the Evans Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Preliminary site applications, process design report, design of a future wastewater treatment facility and associated approvals.
  • When the flood occurred in September 2013, the City Council was already evaluating needed improvements to increase capacity of the wastewater infrastructure at the Evans Wastewater Treatment Facility. The flood caused serious damage to the facility, highlighting the vulnerability of maintaining a treatment facility in a floodplain. Receipt of these grant monies moves Evans one step closer to a treatment facility of appropriate capacity, out of the floodplain and which meets upcoming state regulatory standards.

    From 9News (Meagan Fitzgerald):

    Nearly a year after last September’s historic floods, many businesses in Boulder County are still trying to recover.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration says they have approved nearly $11 million in loans to help with relief efforts…

    Matt Varilek with the USBA says the long-term loans that were approved for businesses in Boulder County were at a 4 or 6 percent interest rates…

    An SBA spokesperson says the window to apply for the business loans have passed. But, those who are in need of assistance can contact their local Small Business Development Center. There is still grant money available for businesses devastated by flood water.

    The Small Business Development Center is an economic development organization that helps small businesses. There are 14 centers across Colorado to include to include one in Boulder and Larimer County.

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