As Adams County residents affected by the recent flooding deal with the aftermath of the rain, so are officials in the county.
Parts of northern Adams County were affected by the flooding including Riverdale Golf Course and the Regional Park. Rich Neumann, communications manager with Adams County, said the gulch that runs through those two areas caused flooding and erosion in several places including the newly created reservoirs between the Regional Park and 120th Avenue.
The Regional Park shop was also flooded as well as the Riverdale Golf Shop.
“All combined, the county’s estimated damage at the Park is about $637,000. This figure does not include any damages at the golf course — only the Regional Park,” he said. “The Golf Shop is still determining their damages.”
Even after slowed rain in the past few days, Neumann said parts of Colorado Boulevard between State Highway 7 and 168th Avenue remains closed due to significant damage to the road surface and foundation.
Additional damage also occurred at retention ponds, parks and trails, but according to Neumann, flood damage was not widespread in any particular part of the county.
“Damage occurred in small pockets,” he said. “It is hard to compare different entities as we are still performing assessments.”
As for the cost facing the county in terms of road and bridge damage, Neumann said the county is estimating around $400,000 for repairs, which is only a preliminary cost estimate as teams are working to gather more information to compile a more comprehensive estimate.
For residents needing repairs to their homes and property, the county hosted a disaster assistance center from Sept. 18-21 at the Commerce City Recreation Center. Neumann said so far 454 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, for assistance and approximately 100 of those people visited the disaster assistance center in Commerce City.
He said all flood victims, regardless of whether or not they have insurance, should register with FEMA. For the next 30 days, FEMA is offering in-person assistance at a disaster recovery center every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the South Adams County Fire Department, 4711 E. 69th Ave. in Commerce City.
People can also register with FEMA by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.