Couple says burglary happened because of way road was fixed after 2013 flooding

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A couple in Pinewood Springs says the way the Colorado Department of Transportation fixed the road next to their house after the flood of 2013 resulted in a recent burglary.

The Larsons’ home survived the Sept. 2013 flood, but the property was hit hard.

“It was a dream house, surrounded by nothing but trees and wildlife,” Kerri Larson said.

The Larsons estimate they lost at least 70 trees. Most of those trees blocked the view from Highway 36.  With them gone, it's easy to see the house from the road.

After the flood, homes were rebuilt and the roads repaired, but the way CDOT redesigned the road resulted, say the Larsons, in them being the victims of a burglary. The burglar came in through a door on the upper level of their house, according to the couple.

“I'm more mad at CDOT. I truly believe that if CDOT had put the berm up, like we feel they should – and the material is sitting right here – that this wouldn't have happened," said Russ Larson.

The Larsons contend that because CDOT will not build a privacy berm, their house will be visible to passersby and susceptible to more crime.

"We're not in the business of keeping homes from being burglarized, and while I certainly wish that didn't happen for this particular resident, that’s not something that CDOT would ever speak to nor necessarily suggest that we have any part in that,” said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.

The Larsons said if they can't make any headway with CDOT, then they will consider litigation.

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