Disaster Aid For Colorado Flooding Surpasses $267M

February 12, 2014

Since heavy rains brought flooding in September 2013, Colorado survivors have received more than $267 million in federal/state recovery assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

More than $219 million has come from disaster grants, flood insurance payments and low-interest disaster loans. More than $48 million has been obligated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program, FEMA said.

EQECAT late late year said losses from the flood had reached $2 billion and would continue to climb.

To date FEMA said it has granted $55 million for housing assistance and more than $4.7 million in other needs assistance, such as disaster-related medical expenses or personal property loss in 11 designated counties. As part of the other needs assistance program, the state is funding another $1.6 million. Flood survivors have also received disaster unemployment assistance and disaster legal services, according to FEMA.

In this aerial photo, a home is pulled into the fast currents of the flooded South Platte River off of U.S 34 between Greeley and Kersey, Colo., Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Weary Colorado evacuees have begun returning home after days of rain and flooding, but Monday's clearing skies and receding waters revealed only more heartbreak: toppled houses, upended vehicles and a stinking layer of muck covering everything. (AP Photo/The Greeley Tribune, Joshua Polson)
A home is pulled into the fast currents of the flooded South Platte River Sept. 16, 2013.(AP Photo/The Greeley Tribune, Joshua Polson)

FEMA said it has obligated more than $48 million to publicly owned entities and certain nonprofits in 18 designated counties. Through its Public Assistance cost-share program, FEMA reimburses 75 percent for eligible, disaster-related costs for debris removal, emergency measures and permanent work to repair and replace disaster-damaged public facilities. The remaining 25 percent nonfederal share comes from state and local sources. The state manages the grants for all projects.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $97.6 million in federal disaster loans to Colorado homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations that sustained damage from the severe storms and flooding, according to FEMA.

The National Flood Insurance Program has approved $62.3 million to settle 2,015 claims, and

FEMA said it is providing manufactured housing units for 44 households who have no other suitable housing available.

Roughly 48 percent of all permanent repair work submitted to FEMA and the state’s Public Assistance program contains mitigation measures designed to prevent future flood damage, and nearly 70 percent of large projects or those with a cost estimate of more than $67,500 contain these mitigation measures. FEMA pays for 75 percent of these measures through Section 406 mitigation.

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