BOULDER COUNTY - Inspectors are still making the rounds to take stock of what was damaged by the floods in Colorado.
A team of state and federal workers inspected a damaged wastewater plant near the base of Lefthand Canyon.
The good news: sewer service is back up and running for about 80 homes around Allens lake North of Boulder.
The bad news: the treatment plant for Lefthand Water and Sanitation District took a beating.
Components inside the facility were damaged and outside the overflow pond-overflowed.
The team of inspectors from the state, FEMA, and the Army Corps of Engineers came to take inventory of it all.
"There's damage that you can see right now," Corps spokesman Carlos Lazo said. "But there might be that damage that you can't see that you might not notice for months down the line."
The Corps of Engineers helped find ways to get some sewage and water plants up and running again.
FEMA is going to pay most of the cost of fixing up these facilities the way they were before.
"The federal government does not pick up the full cost but it picks up the vast majority," FEMA spokesman William L. Rukeyser said. "What that does is really lighten the load to local taxpayers."
His agency will provide federal help not just for governments in Colorado, but also for individual homeowners.
It's going to take a little while for the federal dollars to reach Colorado and FEMA doesn't want anybody to put off their repairs because of that.
"We encourage people, if you can do it safely, start your own repairs," said Rukeyser.
If you do, he encourages you to take the same steps his team does: take pictures. keep records.
"Document the damage, document the work you did, save your receipts," Rukeyser said.
It'll go a long way to helping you deal with your insurance company or FEMA when the time comes to be reimbursed.
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