Hickenloopers marks 5-year anniversary of Colorado’s historic floods

LYONS, Colo. -- This week marks five years since historic, deadly floods devastated parts of Colorado.

The flooding impacted 24 counties, causing nearly $4 billion in damage. More than 1,800 homes were destroyed.

In all, 27 state highways were shut down during the flooding, covering some 485 miles. It cost more than $700 million to repair and rebuild those roads.

In Lyons on Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed the community about its progress.

“The one thing that struck me that will always affect me ... we saw all these broken bridges ... but no broken spirits,” Hickenlooper said.

Lyons residents in attendance, including Kathleen Spring, said there has been plenty of community support over the past five years.

“What you traditionally see is people just come together and help each other,” she said.

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