$20M in flood work still not funded in northern Colorado

Poudre River and Trail at Highway 287 in Fort Collins, Colo. closed because of flooding. June 2, 2014

Poudre River and Trail at Highway 287 in Fort Collins, Colo. closed because of flooding.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The federal government hasn’t funded $20 million in work to fix roads damaged by flooding in a northern Colorado county nearly six years ago.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that a 2018 law that changed how the Federal Emergency Management Agency awards money for projects that don’t meet strict design guidelines, like those in Larimer County’s Big Thompson Canyon, was supposed to help speed up funding. However, FEMA hasn’t given its regional offices guidance on how to award money under it.

Regional FEMA spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough says the agency doesn’t have a timeframe for when the problem will be resolved.

County manager Linda Hoffman told commissioners last month that the situation was “ridiculous.” She is working to set up a meeting with county leaders, FEMA’s regional director, congressional representatives and Gov. Jared Polis’ office.

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