KUSA - 9Wants to Know has learned the Colorado congressional delegation is trying to round up additional federal money to assist flood victims who can't afford to rebuild on their own.
The lawmakers wrote to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan asking for funds through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program. This money could come in addition to financial assistance from FEMA and the Small Business Administration. CDBG funds can be used for housing, economic development, infrastructure and prevention of further damage. The funding could potentially supplement repair and replacement costs for Colorado homeowners who sustained major damage and did not have flood insurance.
RECENT COLORADO FLOODING STORIES
Democratic Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall also want to ensure active duty members of the National Guard can continue to assist Colorado communities in event of a government shutdown. The senators requested Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel designate the guardmembers as exempt from being furloughed. The senators say the potential shutdown is preventing a group of 120 Utah National Guard engineers from traveling to Colorado to help rebuild U.S. Highway 36 and other state highways.
Tuesday, Bennet and Udall introduced a bill that would lift the cap on emergency highway funds for rebuild major routes and bridges affected by flooding. The cap is currently $100 million per state. CDOT estimates its total infrastructure repair bill could reach $500 million.
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