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Lyons flood victims getting surprise checks

11:23 AM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
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LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Some residents and business owners in Lyons are about to get a big surprise in their mailboxes.

On Friday, the Lyons Community Foundation mailed checks totaling nearly $1 million to help 280 people who applied for help following September's devastating floods. Most weren't notified in advance that they were selected to receive money.

The recipients range from musicians who lost not only their home but their livelihood when their recording studio and equipment were swept away and a young girl who asked for money to buy a Polaroid camera after losing her camera and photos. The foundation's executive director, Emily Dusel (DO'-sell), says the girl wanted to be able to enjoy her photos immediately.

The amounts of the grants range up to $5,000.

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