Thu March 13, 2014
Colorado Flood

Colorado Ag Braces For A Post-Flood Irrigation Season

The Higland Ditch Company is spending $1.5 million fixing the heart of its canal system along the St. Vrain River outside Lyons, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When September’s flood waters came down the Front Range foothills, it unleashed tremendous pressure on an aging irrigation infrastructure, some of which dated back to the late 1800s. As the weather warms, it’ll be a race to mend the damaged or destroyed ditches before the snow starts to melt.

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Tue March 11, 2014
Colorado Flood

One Road, Two Cities, Enduring Challenges After Colorado Floods

Neil Sullivan stands at the counter of his deli, The St. Vrain Market in Lyons, Colo.
Grace Hood KUNC

It’s been six months since heavy rain flooded 24 Colorado counties, damaging businesses, homes, roads and ending 10 lives. An estimated 28,000 residents were impacted and nearly 1,000 businesses were damaged or destroyed.

When it comes to business, the small towns of Lyons and Estes Park have faced a particularly steep road to recovery.

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Fri December 6, 2013
Colorado Flood

HUD Releases Millions For Flood Ravaged Communities

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.
Joshua Polson Greeley Tribune

Some good news for towns hit hardest by September’s flooding. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced availability of nearly $63 million in federal recovery funds to help individuals and communities rebuild.

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Wed November 27, 2013
Colorado Flood

What Water? Photos Show Off Post-Flood Work At Planet Bluegrass

A view from the main stage at Planet Bluegrass and the massive work being done to the grounds after September's floods.
Planet Bluegrass / Benko Photographics used with permission

By the time September’s floodwaters receded in Lyons, Colo., Planet Bluegrass was pockmarked with sand and debris from the North St. Vrain. Two months later, things are looking up.

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Wed November 20, 2013
Colorado Flood

For Some Flood Survivors, A Long Wait To Return Home

Little Deer stream, which would normally have little to no water, has cut the meadows in half. Sep. 13, 2013
Collin Isenhart

Thousands of people were displaced from their homes in September’s floods, including hundreds who were airlifted out of mountain towns cut off by the raging waters. For those evacuated from the secluded mountain community of Big Elk Meadows, it’s not clear when they will be able to go back home.

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