Governor Hickenlooper: Rebuilding Colorado after floods will be 'epic in scale'

9:14 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - Governor Hickenlooper said rebuilding Colorado would be "epic in scale" during a Thursday press conference to announce the person who will oversee the rebuilding efforts.


Hickenlooper appointed Jerre Stead as the state's chief recovery officer. Stead is the former CEO of Englewood-based IHS, which helps companies handle and analyze information.

According to Bloomberg Business Week, Stead has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and studied at Harvard Business School.

The Colorado Department of Transportation's latest figures show high water damaged or destroyed 50 bridges and 200 lane miles of road on the state highway system.

MAP: Dams in Flood Area

The State Transportation Commission voted Thursday to use its entire $100 million contingency fund to jumpstart the cleanup and rebuilding process. The Federal Highway Administration will reimburse the state up to 100 percent to make emergency repairs and restore the highway system.

CDOT has set up a rapid response team to repair or replace as much bridges and roads before December 1.

Transportation officials say road crews will likely need one to two full years to restore the infrastructure.

The governor said the state's other infrastructure, including dams, will be inspected by the end of the month.

Hickenlooper says it's too soon to determine whether Colorado will ask Congress for a relief bill like the one for Hurricane Sandy.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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