Weld County: Businesses decimated by Colorado flooding

7:33 AM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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WELD COUNTY - With nearly 3,000 homes impacted by the tragic flooding in Weld County, one of the worst parts of the damage has to be significant commercial and bridge damage.

Weld County Flood Relief and Recovery Guide

More than 350 commercial properties were impacted by the flooding and 122 bridges were damaged.

About 654-lane miles of road in Weld County is affected due to either flood damage or standing water. Agriculture did not go unscathed either, with 2,377 parcels impacted.

Weld County created a map that shows road closures, evacuation areas, shelter locations and images which show an aerial view of the damage throughout the county: http://bit.ly/19N5HF7.

9Wants to Know investigator Melissa Blasius spent Monday afternoon in Weld County and met with the state bridge engineer, Joshua Laipply.

Ten inspection crews are criss-crossing northern Colorado Monday to assess which bridges impacted by flooding are now safe to reopen.

Laipply describes their process as triage. Damages that can be repaired quickly and bridges that are on vital routes are first on the repair list. CDOT also has one portable bridge, but officials have not decided where that bridge will be placed.

Inspectors will return after the waters recede to complete a full assessment for damage repairs.

Weld County has compiled long-term recovery information for flood victims. Included is information about clean-up, re-entry, recovery, water quality, maps, public meetings and much more. Please go to www.weldgov.com.

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