DENVER — Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the state’s recovery effort is on track with 77 percent of roadways damaged by the historic September floods now open. Also, residents in two additional counties are now eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance and eight more counties are eligible for FEMA public assistance, and the ColoradoUnited.com website is successfully handling inquiries for help, information and resources.
Recovery Progress on Track
More than 1,600 people in Colorado -- comprised of members from FEMA, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, the National Guard from Colorado, Kansas, Montana and Utah, the Army Corp of Engineers, IHS and other technical and service providers -- are working on recovery efforts and report the following:
Additional Counties Now Eligible for Individual and Public Assistance from FEMA
Residents of Fremont and Morgan counties whose homes or businesses were damaged in the floods now are eligible for Individual Assistance from FEMA. Also, eight additional counties are eligible for FEMA Public Assistance: 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
ColoradoUnited.com Successfully Provides Assistance
In its first week, more than 8,0000 people accessed the ColoradoUnited.com website to get information and resources related to the flood recovery. The ColoradoUnited team has provided the promised 24-hour response to 57 inquiries received via the Contact Us page.
Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Jerre Stead, executive chairman of Englewood-based IHS Inc., to be the state’s Chief Recovery Officer. The Recovery Team is focused on making Colorado more innovative, safer and resilient in its infrastructure, community and environment. Go to www.ColoradoUnited.com for more information.