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US flag flown over post office during Marshall Fire now on display

"It’s not burned, but it smells of smoke. It’s all tattered. It’s tied up in knots from the force of the wind," Kenneth Price said.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — It was torn up by powerful winds that stoked the Marshall Fire.

Now, the flag that was flown over the Louisville Post Office in Superior on the day the fire ignited is on display. 

"The flag means everything," said Kenneth Price, senior operations manager for USPS. "It's not burned, but it smells of smoke." 

Tattered and tied up in knots, the flag is now a symbol of resilience.

On Tuesday, that flag was unveiled to the public inside the post office, where it'll remain on display.

"It's a real sense of rebirth and regeneration, and it's just great to be a part of this celebration," Superior Mayor Clint Folsom said.

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Flag that flew over the post office during the Marshall Fire is now on display.

After more than 1,000 houses burned down nearly seven months ago, hundreds of lots have been cleared, and thousands of tons of debris have been removed.

Folsom said it's important to celebrate milestones after so much tragedy.

"Towards the end of July, we're expecting to be significantly completed with debris removal and starting to get a number of permits issued for rebuild," he said. 

So far, there have been 19 building permits issued in Superior, 10 in Louisville and four in Boulder County. That's 32 building permits issued right now, with hundreds left to go.  

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High winds on December 30, 2021 caused the flag to get twisted and frayed.

Price said he won't forget the day the fire started.

"We had four carriers that were unaccounted for," he said. "They were out on their routes and they couldn't get through because of the fire."    

First responders rescued the mail carriers that day, but these red markers remind them of the homes they still can't deliver to -- the homes that were destroyed.

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Red markers in this mail carrier's station indicate destroyed homes they cannot deliver to.

"United we stand," Price said. "We're strong." 

Now a new flag flies outside the post office, a sign of restoration as the community continues to rebuild. 

"Remembrance of that day and how as a community we all came together," he said.  

Louisville city council is expected to give updates on private property debris removal, rebuilding, new resources, one-year anniversary plans and the use tax during Tuesday's regular meeting. Some residents have been asking for the use tax to be waived on home rebuilding costs.

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