Colorado floods: The road ahead

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KUSA - 9NEWS provided more than 80 hours of live coverage of the historic and devastating floods of 2013, an event that will change Colorado forever.

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In 9NEWS' special "Colorado's Floods: The Road Ahead," we wanted to look beyond the immediate challenges and look at the effects of the disaster on our state.

9NEWS anchor Kyle Clark interviewed policy makers and experts who told 9NEWS where they see the state going in the days, weeks, months and years ahead as we recover.

PART ONE: The Floods
9NEWS reporter Chris Vanderveen shows us what happened when the rain started, and didn't stop for five days. Especially those communities in Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties were devastated by massive amounts of rain and flood waters from creeks and rivers. It was the kind of flood that many Coloradans believed couldn't happen, but it did.

PART TWO: Gov. Hickenlooper
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has already served during the Aurora theater shooting and massive wildfires, now he faces potentially the biggest challenge yet, as the state has to rebuild after flooding devastates a large section of northern Colorado. 9NEWS anchor Kyle Clark asks the governor if we'll have to raise taxes to rebuild, and what the road ahead looks like from his perspective.

PART THREE: Been There
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin faced a similar situation in 2011 when the remnants of Hurricane Irene devastated his New England state. Gov. Shumlin believes he learned lessons that can help Colorado. 9NEWS anchor Kyle Clark asks Gov. Shumlin what we can take away from his state's experience.

PART FOUR: How?
9NEWS meteorologist Marty Coniglio says there were four ingredients that created a terrible flooding emergency. Take any one of those four ingredients away, and so does the emergency. How did this storm happen?

PART FIVE: Roads & Energy
9NEWS anchor Kyle Clark interviews the executive director of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, Tisha Schuller, about what damage the floods did to Colorado's massive energy industry, and also addresses the suspicions many people have about oil and gas and how it's produced. Kyle also talks to Don Hunt, executive director of CDOT, about how the state will rebuild its roads that remain broken and unsafe all over northern Colorado. How much can be repaired before winter comes?

PART SIX: The Song
Denver singer-songwriter SuCh performs an original composition that puts the events of the past 10 days in perspective.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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