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While construction and recovery efforts continue a year after Colorado’s epic 2013 flood, Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Recovery Office have released a report analyzing the progress made and lessons learned over everything from housing and infrastructure to environmental restoration efforts.

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A mobile news venture from the venerable BBC, called BBC Pop Up, has released its first video project coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Colorado flood.

Jonathan Godt / U.S. Geological Survey

The devastating 2013 floods have left their mark on Colorado's landscape, and that includes an increased risk of landslides in areas that received heavy rains.

"In some of the areas, the soil became unstable. It moved, but it didn't totally fail and flow down the slope. So it's at a reduced strength, and those areas are unstable," said Karen Berry, who directs the Colorado Geological Survey and is the interim state geologist.

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The massive September floods of 2013 tore houses from their foundations and washed away roads as if they were made of sand, not asphalt.

While the Colorado Department of Transportation was able to re-open all damaged roads before Dec. 1, 2013, those roads still need a lot more work before they will be able to withstand future floods.

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One of the hardest hit areas following the 2013 flood was the small 2,000-person town of Lyons. Key pieces of the town's infrastructure like sewer, water and gas lines were severely damaged. Fast forward a year, the town is working off a list of 87 projects ranging from park and river bank repair to bridge rebuilding.

Another challenge is replacing housing lost to the flood.

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One of the more striking images during the September flood was of inundated oil and gas pads, washed out earthen berms and overturned storage tanks. In all, over 48,000 gallons of oil and condensate spilled.

While changes have been made in the industry to prepare for another flood, so far, they’re strictly voluntary.

Grace Hood / KUNC

After waters washed over Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties during the September flood, many started to rebuild. Others haven't been able to go back.

The easiest way for Ed and Sarah Egloff to describe their lost home in the Big Thompson Canyon is to tell you what remained on the property afterward.

The City of Evans / Flickr - used with permission

When floodwaters inundated parts of the City of Evans Sept. 13, 2013, homes were damaged or destroyed, roads were made impassable and the city’s main wastewater treatment plant was heavily damaged. 11 months on, the city has greatly recovered, but there’s still work to do.

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Nearly one year after Colorado’s devastating flood, the state has approved $2.29 million in grants to revitalize streams and rivers in Weld, Larimer, Boulder, and Jefferson counties.

Stephanie Paige Ogburn / KUNC

If you live in Northern Colorado or the Front Range and it feels like this summer has been wetter than normal, it's not your imagination.

Some parts of Weld County, including Greeley, have had twice as much rainfall this July as normal. Since May, much of the county has had about 9 inches of rain, also double what is expected for this period.

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