Colorado requests disaster declaration for 11 counties due to recent flooding

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Pueblo County is in line for a little shelter from the storm.

Colorado is requesting disaster designation for 11 counties after heavy rainfall and flooding caused extensive damage in May and June.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the declaration Thursday based on initial assessments of about $20 million in damage from the storms. That request goes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which will forward it to President Barack Obama for final approval.

The bulk of damage was reported in El Paso County, which claimed $13.9 million. Pueblo County was assessed at $685,000 in damage, with about $280,000 of that in city limits, according to the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“The amount could go up, and it’s not guaranteed,” said Chief Mark Mears of the Pueblo County sheriff’s emergency services bureau.

The major areas of damage in Pueblo County were Overton Road on Fountain Creek about 10 miles north of Pueblo and North Creek Road in Beulah. Funds for those projects could also come through a federal highway fund, Mears said.

Damage assessments in other Southeastern Colorado counties were Fremont, $626,000; Baca, $140,000; and Saguache, $22,000. Other counties were Elbert, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick and Yuma.

The money is for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and infrastructure. Private claims aren’t covered.

According to state documents submitted to FEMA, Pueblo County reported rainfall on 54 of 70 days from April 20-June 28, with up to 13 inches cumulative at one reporting station.

County commissioners declared a disaster on May 22, after losing part of Overton Road to Fountain Creek.

There was also damage to North Creek Road in Beulah.

The city of Pueblo reported damage to flood control structures and trails along Fountain Creek.

El Paso County’s request included damage in Manitou and Colorado Springs, as well as in the county.
In Fremont County, the towns of Coal Creek, Rockvale and Williamsburg also reported damage.

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