With water treatment plant lost, sewage floods homes in Evans

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EVANS, Colo. -- The hardest hit area of town in Evans was the east side because of its close proximity to the Platte River.

The Colorado National Guard helped to secure many of the neighborhoods in that area because many of the homes are still surrounded by water.

Rex  Kallenbach is one of the dozens of people who lives on the East side of town. He had to walk thorough several inches of water in his neighborhood to get to what's left of his home.

"This is my living room or what used to be my living room," said Rex Kallenbach.

The entire first floor and basement is water damaged and loaded with mud and debris. But Kallenbach is surprised there's not more damage because the water rose about three feet high inside.

"My refrigerator, it just laid it on it's back because the water got up underneath it," said Kallenbach.

The water also ripped through his garage, totaling his brand new car.

"It's filled with mud. Even the engine is full of mud," Kallenbach said.

It's the several inches of mud and water that has kept residents out of their homes and has forced them to carry and wheel what's left of their belongings.

The destruction goes on for several blocks and affects the entire city because it also includes the city's water treatment plant.

"It's probably been our biggest problem because we have sewage backing up in homes," said Evans Mayor Lyle Achziger

The city of Evans has banned residents in surrounding neighborhoods from flushing their toilets, instead they're asked to use the port-o-potties on their streets.

But, despite all of these issues many, including Kallenbach continue to stay positive.

"Just got to move on. Just get everything cleaned up and start rebuilding and start life over again," Kallenbach said.

The city of Evans also had Waste Management drop off large dumpsters near the east-side neighborhoods so that residents could easily get rid of furniture and other large items.

The city's mayor said it will be several days or even weeks before they get the sewage system back up and running.