Northern Colorado gets another $58.2 million in federal funds for flood relief

Greeley Tribune (CO), 2014-07-16


July 16 -- Northern Colorado has received another $58.2 million in federal funding for flood relief efforts in Weld , Boulder and Larimer counties.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant will be used for housing, economic recovery and infrastructure needs of the three counties.

"The 2013 flood literally changed Colorado's landscape," Sen. Mark Udall , D- Colo. , said in an email to The Tribune on Tuesday. "Coloradans, local businesses and the state are still working to rebuild."

At least 80 percent of the funds from the grant must be given to the three counties. How those funds will be allocated will be determined in the fall.

"The state will work with the individual communities to come up with how they want to spend the money and then they send their ideas to HUD to be approved," said Patrick Rodenbush of HUD.

The state will hold public meetings to determine how to use the money. The public will be given ideas for how the money should be used based on recommendations from Colorado stakeholders and the public will be allowed to speak

"We are trying to make the process as quick as possible," said Tom Schilling , spokesman for the Colorado Recovery Office.

Colorado has received two other grants from HUD since 2013 for flood recovery, totaling $262.1 million .

The state has completed an action plan outlining how the $62.8 million in funds allocated in December will be spent, and will hold public hearings in August on allocating the $199.3 million grant that became effective June 3 .

Public meetings for the $58.2 million grant will begin this fall.

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