“Roadmap To Recovery” Flood Recovery Expo For Larimer County Set For August 16
The Larimer County Recovery Group (LTRG-LCF) in partnership with Larimer County is hosting an all-day flood recovery expo this Saturday August 16th, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the brand new 25,000 square foot Estes Park Event Center and Pavilion located at 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park. In September 2013, more than 300 homes were significantly damaged and more than 40 homes were destroyed in the Larimer County floods. The county also suffered massive countywide infrastructure and road damage.
“This will be an opportunity to bring our community together nearly a year after historic floods ravaged Larimer County,” said Larimer County Recovery Group (LTRG) Manager Laura Levy. “We intend to honor all that we have accomplished since last fall. We will also do our best to bring the right agencies together under one roof who can provide the most up-to-date information and updates, answer questions about the recovery, and introduce all available resources to our Larimer County residents.”
The “Roadmap to Recovery” Expo will include presentations and updates by the Governor Hickenlooper’s Office of Recovery, Larimer County Commissioners, State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Loveland Housing Authority, and many other federal, state and county partners leading the recovery efforts. Larimer County will provide recovery information on road and bridge repair, floodplain impacts, building permits and code requirements for those needing to rebuild their homes. Volunteer groups who have contributed tens of thousands of man-hours will be thanked in addition to the many first responders who continue to be so vital in their communities. Many of them are also volunteer firefighters who are also flood survivors.
In addition to the presentations, residents will be able to visit trade-show style booths featuring dozens of other community organizations that can answer questions and provide resources. Topics range from municipal updates from Estes Park and Loveland, construction, river restoration, volunteer resources, economic development and small business resources and disaster case management services.
“Recovering from an event like this is a long process and finding the resources needed can be confusing and time consuming,” said Suzanne Bassinger the Larimer County Recovery Manager. “It also takes time to get the potential for significant federal funding, like CDBG-DR, in place. Now is a good time to help people understand all their options and the application process for potential funding opportunities.”
Recently the most affected counties received HUD approval to spend $62.8 million on flood recovery. This is the first wave of funding from its approved Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) action plans. The majority of funds go to the most affected counties of Boulder, Larimer and Weld. In Larimer County, the Loveland Housing Authority is coordinating funding for flood-related rebuilding, repair and other housing needs like rental assistance and down payment programs. The Loveland Housing Authority will be available to answer questions about the program and application process.
“We will be serving a complimentary breakfast to attendees and the event center concession stands will open in the afternoon so people can buy lunch or refreshments,” said Laura Levy. “We want this day to not only be informative but to be a great time to connect as a community. Most importantly, we want people to understand that although it’s been almost a year since the floods, it’s not too late to get help.”
Public or non-profit organizations with resources available for flood recovery are invited to attend. Interested organizations must contact Laura Levy, Larimer County Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) Manager, at 303-931-8080, to register to participate. No organizations can be accommodated without pre-registration.
The Larimer County Long Term Recovery Group – Larimer County Floods (LTRG-LCF) is a group of more than 50 organizations that provides coordinated assistance and disaster case management for long-term recovery to flood survivors. The mission of the LTRG- LCF is to address the unmet needs of those without the resources to rebuild or repair their homes after the 2013 floods. This includes coordinating hundreds of volunteers, working with affected communities to help coordinate recovery needs and providing individual case management services that match clients with resources. To date, the LTRG-LCF has coordinated more than 3,000 volunteers who worked more than 50,000 hours on flood clean-up. The group’s unmet need fund has granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to flood survivors. United Way of Larimer County is serving as the fiscal agent for the LTRG-LCF unmet needs fund. Residents affected by the Larimer County floods are encouraged to call the Larimer County Long Term Recovery Group at 970-461-2222. The LTRG-LCF has offices in Estes Park and Loveland. Long term recovery group news and updates may be found at their website, http://www.larimerLTRG.org or on their Facebook page. For directions to the Estes Park Event Center and Pavilion please visit the link above.