Flood recovery efforts on schedule to meet goal

6:00 PM, Oct 23, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - Governor Hickenlooper says the state's still on track to get all state roads closed from the flood back open by Dec. 1.

As of Wednesday, 77-percent were open. Of the 491 bridges that have been inspected, 120 need repair.

More than 1,600 people are working on recovery efforts between FEMA, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the National Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and several other technical and service providers.

Fremont and Morgan counties are now eligible for individual assistance from FEMA and eight more counties can now get FEMA public assistance. They are Arapahoe, Crowley, Denver, Fremont, Gilpin, Lake, Lincoln and Sedgwick. Impacted residents with questions regarding FEMA assistance can call 800-621-3362 or visit www.coemergency.com.

Crews are also continuing to make progress restoring power to areas including the Glen Haven vicinity north of Estes Park.

In early October, crews from Fort Collins helped Estes Park Light and Power get a temporary power line to the area known as the Retreat. They had a helicopter pull what's usually an underground power cable up over the mountain between Glen Haven and the Retreat. Crews marked the line with warning flags and that allowed crews to hike in two miles and restore power to about 300 homes.

As of Wednesday, there were still about 15 homes in Retreat crews can't get to until the road is restored. About 30 houses in Glen Haven still do not have power. Some of those homes have been destroyed.

Power crews are following behind restoring service as road crews repair North Fork Road, making 200-feet of progress every day.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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