Inspectors checking homes in Boulder flood plain

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BOULDER, Colo. --Teams of building inspectors went door-to-door in Boulder evaluating homes impacted by the flooding there last week.

They performed a rapid evaluation of each home, including Jimmye O'Connor's home.

"This has been hell on Earth," O'Connor said. "I'm sorry for that word, but it's an act of nature. All you can do is to live with it and do what you can to recover."

The inspectors carried cards with different colors. Green means the home is safe. Yellow means it is habitable but needs major work. Red means the home is unsafe.

Red cards no not mean "it's a demolition order," said city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley. "It means that there's probably significant work that needs to be done until the home can be rendered safe."

City officials are asking homeowners to leave the placards up at least a week -- no matter what color they are.

More than 40 homes had already been inspected by Monday afternoon. The city says these rapid evaluations give them a working grid for the homes known to be in the flood plain.

"If you're not in one of the designated flood plain areas but your home sustained damage and you'd like a building inspector to come check it out to make sure you're safe, we can do that," Huntley said.

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