September’s floods have increased the pressure on an already-tight rental housing market along Colorado’s Front Range. Even before the disaster forced many displaced home owners to seek rental housing, apartments were scarce and rents have been rising for several years.
More than a month after floodwater soaked the state, washing out roads and bridges, state and local crews are rushing to get those roads reopened before the winter. Many mountain roads were hit hardest, with North Cedar Brook Road in Pinewood Hills one of many on the list.
In flood-ravaged Colorado, much of the recovery has focused on rebuilding roads and bridges to mountain towns cut off by last month's floods. But take a drive east to the state's rolling plains, and a whole new set of staggering problems unfolds in farm country.
Living In Limbo
A woman named Claudia, who doesn't want to use her last name because of her immigration status, is sitting on a couch in the lobby of a shabby hotel in Greeley, about an hour's drive northeast of Denver.