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March 13, 2014
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Weld County seeking flood reimbursement

Six months after the September flood, Weld County officials say they will solicit reimbursement for more than $12 million in emergency repairs, more than 130 permanent road and bridge repairs, and more than $300,000 for debris removal.

The county will also seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for improvements that would reduce the risk of flooding in future events, officials said in a news release.

Weld County will submit about 35 total applications for FEMA reimbursement, some of those lumped into several small projects and some as one large project.

FEMA pays for 75 percent of the repairs, and the state of Colorado and Weld County will each contribute 12.5 percent of each project.

“Our Public Works staff, our Emergency Management staff and our consultants have been working daily to identify repair projects, estimate costs and gather the documentation needed to submit projects to FEMA for reimbursement,” said Weld County Commissioner Chairman Douglas Rademacher in a statement.

Weld officials say FEMA could approve funding for the emergency repairs by the end of April.

Weld County engineers are still examining roads and bridges and have time to submit more projects to FEMA in the future, according to the release.

The county is also working on several road repair projects with the Federal Highway Administration, which uses a separate reimbursement process.

The flood damaged seven FHA roads and bridges in Weld County, to the tune of $2.5 million in emergency repairs.

Engineers are working on the cost of permanent repairs, which the FHA will reimburse up to 80 percent.


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