Governor Hickenlooper hopeful during flooding recovery

9:25 AM, Sep 16, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Governor Hickenlooper spoke Monday to the Today Show and 9News about the floods all throughout Colorado.

"Our primary focus is making sure we're getting everyone in harms way out of there," Hickenlooper said. "We will comb that entire landscape to make sure we get everybody out."

The next step is rebuilding the disaster areas. Hickenlooper said it needs to be done better than before, fast and less expensive.

"We don't have the luxury of time," Hickenlooper said. "These are peoples' lives. We understand that time is crucially important to people trying to get their lives back together."

Hickenlooper estimates than 80 to 100 bridges are damaged or completely destroyed. While he admits all of the construction won't be complete by winter. He said a lot of the work will be complete.

Money for the repairs will come largely from FEMA and some from state reserve funds.

With the damage surrounding the state Hickenlooper remains in high spirits and said he believes others are too.

"I said on Saturday all the roads are broken and bridges are broken," Hickenlooper said. "But our spirits aren't broken."

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