DENVER — Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper will join state employees from the Department of Local Affairs, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Safety, the Office of Emergency Management and other state agencies to recognize their flood recovery efforts at an employee appreciation event on Monday, Jan. 6, at History Colorado.
“We want to recognize the incredible efforts made by state employees from different agencies to help Coloradans recover from the historic September floods,” Hickenlooper said. “Local communities have made quick and significant improvements that have allowed people to return to their homes and businesses. This would not have been possible without the coordination, innovation and plain hard work of state employees and the Colorado flood recovery team.”
The appreciation event will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. The museum, located at 1200 Broadway, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Colorado flood recovery team continues to make progress in helping communities rebuild from the September floods that impacted 24 counties, more than 28,000 individuals and more than 2,000 square miles. Here is an update of the continued recovery efforts:
The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) continues to work with communities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support long term recovery planning to rebuild stronger and more resilient communities. DOLA is also responsible for submitting the state’s Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery application for funding to address infrastructure, economic development and housing needs. For more information, visit www.dola.colorado.gov/flood-blog or call 303-864-7864.
The Department of Transportation (CDOT) continues flood-related debris pick up for Boulder, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld counties. For questions about debris removal, visit CDOT’s flood information website at www.coloradodot.info/travel/floodinfoupdates or contact CDOT via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-263-1589 or 1-800-999-4997.
The Flood Recovery Center in Loveland needs specific items donated for families and recovery workers. The community is encouraged to donate these specific items to meet the needs of those continuing to recover from the September floods. The items requested are:
Paper Products: Toilet Paper, Paper Towel, Paper Plates, Napkins, Plastic Place Settings
Personal Care Products: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Razors, etc.
Pet Food: Dogs and Cats
Cleaning Products: Bathroom, Kitchen, Window, Floor, laundry soap and fabric softener
Non-Perishable Food: Vegetables, Fruit, Canned Meat Products
Linens: New Blankets, Sheets, Pillows, Bath Towels, etc.
Items can be delivered to the Flood Donation Center at 5612 McWhinney Blvd. in Loveland. This is located in the Outlet Mall near J Crew. The center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Wednesdays.
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.