Lyons residents still struggling to rebuild two years after destructive floods

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LYONS, Colo. -- The Lyons Town Board will hold a special meeting Monday for residents who are still struggling with the permit process to rebuild in flood ravaged areas.

There are dozens of homeowners still caught up in the complicated process, including Molly Morton.

“Insurance will pay for reconstruction, but they won`t pay for subsidies when you find different things. FEMA won't help you if it's an investment property,” Morton said. “So it's almost like a Matrix of walking through all of these different things.”

Morton’s investment property was basically destroyed in 2013 when historic flood waters poured into Colorado.

Four feet of mud ruined her property. Her rental home was knocked to its side.

“Fifty dump trucks of sludge and sewage were removed from back here,” she said.

In December 2014, Morton was finally given the OK to allow tenants to move into her rental property. But the property is far from fixed. She says it’s about halfway rebuilt.

“I think the town has done an amazing job. They’re trying really hard,” Morton said.

But Morton said there’s still a lot that needs to be done.

Residents who have questions about rebuilding are encouraged to attend the town board meeting in Lyons on Monday starting at 6 p.m. at Lyons Town Hall.

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