Lasting devastation in the town of Evans

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KUSA - For those not directly impacted by the Colorado floods, it may be hard to see the lasting devastation for many communities.

While a lot of focus has been given to some of the popular mountain tourist spots like Estes Park, there are neighborhoods in other towns that remain abandoned.

The struggle is most obvious in Evans. According to neighbors near 37th and Riverside, more than 60 homes have been condemned.

In addition to that, a trailer park with more than 150 mobile homes has been deemed unlivable by the city.

It's been six weeks since the floods, yet in this pocket of Evans the signs of recovery are tough to see.

"I've been stressed [and] depressed," Fernanda Payan said. "Sometimes I don't even feel like getting up."

Roads remain closed. Homes are left empty and vacant. In spots, it's like no one ever lived there.

"It's like a ghost town. No one is here and everyone is saying that they're leaving," Payan said.

Payan and her extended family live on Riverside Parkway. She says her family is one of only six that have stayed to rebuild. The rest have left this part of Evans and the streets abandoned.

Those who remain, say they feel forgotten.

"They're still [talking about] Boulder and Estes Park, what about Evans, we're still here," Payan said.

And there is work left to be done.

"It's terrible. It's something I don't want anyone to ever go through," Payan said.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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