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Due to shutdown, Colorado will pay for guard engineers

4:45 PM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) approved the use of state funds to pay for 120 National Guard engineers, who he says are crucial to rebuilding highway 36 between Estes Park and Lyons.

75 percent of that cost will be reimbursable from FEMA, but the federal government had been paying all of their costs before the shutdown.

The Governor says FEMA assures him all 1200 of its people working in Colorado will keep on the job, though some of the paperwork FEMA requires could take longer to complete if the shutdown drags on.

That could slow down reimbursement to the state.

Regardless, the Colorado National Guard says none of its personnel will be pulled off of the flood recovery efforts.

Hickenlooper said he was unaware of any other impact the shutdown is having on the flood recovery, other than losing access to Trail Ridge Road, which runs through and is maintained by Rocky Mountain National Park.

The park closed due to the shutdown, leaving the Peak to Peak Highway the lone way to access the town on Estes Park.

CDOT officials hope to reopen portions of US 34 between Greeley and Kersey and between County Road 34 and the Dam Store by Wednesday morning, though the re-opened stretches will be limited to one lane.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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