Biggest projects still ahead after Colorado's 2013 floods

Next with Kyle Clark. 9NEWS @ 6. 9/13/2016

Three years have passed since it happened – since the peak of a week of weather that Coloradans had never seen in their lives.

The scale of the disaster defied description. Rivers were overrun, cities flooded.

The floods of September 2013 still don’t have a name.

Photos: 2013 floods

It’s been three years since the water came and left.

Since the news crews came and left.

Since the attention came and left.

Here's what we've largely missed in 2016…

This summer has been the busiest period for permanently rebuilding roads and bridges, since the floods of 2013. The single largest reconstruction project is just getting started. Most of the federal aid is still unspent.

The permanent reconstruction of Highway 36 from Lyons to Estes Park was completed this year. The permanent fix for Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes is underway, and won't be complete until 2018 or 2019.
We're finishing the summer of construction - the busiest time since the floods - as highways, roads, bridges, river banks and multi-family housing units were put in place.

You have to remember that federal grant money didn't arrive until 2014.

$350 million is promised.

$80 million of it was spent through the first half of this year.

Spending is about to ramp up. Another $40 million will be spent by year's end.

And while we talk numbers, and remember the number of lives impacted, we pause to remember the 10 lives lost in the floods three years ago this week.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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