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As FEMA Deadline Closes, Flood Assistance Still Available In NoCo

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Photo of Colorado flooding taken Sep. 13, 2013

Monday, Dec. 2 is the last day for survivors of September’s historic floods to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help. To date, FEMA has approved more than $56 million in individual assistance for impacted counties in Colorado.

In addition to the federal assistance available, nonprofit organizations in Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties have teamed up with government agencies and faith-based groups to offer aid.

Community Foundation President Judy Knapp says many of the financial requests in Weld County are for minor cleanup of mud and debris from homes or mobile homes.

"Some people, though, have lost everything – not only their homes but their vehicles, and any types of outbuildings and materials they would have around their site," Knapp adds. "So it’s just been a complete variety as far as the needs that people have."

The Weld County Flood Relief Fund has raised more than $1.3 million, although Knapp says the need is likely to exceed $4 million.

In Larimer County, the Long-Term Recovery Group will connect flood survivors with case managers to direct them to possible sources of aid, including funding for damages not covered by insurance.

Meetings with case managers in Loveland are available beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3, by calling 970-461-2222. A second office is scheduled to open in Estes Park later in the month.

As the host of KUNC’s new program and podcast In the NoCo, I work closely with our producers and reporters to bring context and diverse perspectives to the important issues of the day. Northern Colorado is such a diverse and growing region, brimming with history, culture, music, education, civic engagement, and amazing outdoor recreation. I love finding the stories and voices that reflect what makes NoCo such an extraordinary place to live.
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