Fires and Floods of 2012 and 2013 Disaster Recovery

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Fires and Floods of 2012 and 2013

Following the devastating floods of 2013, the State of Colorado received an initial congressional allocation of Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) in the amount of $62.8 million under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.  Subsequently Colorado received two additional allocations bringing the total CDBG-DR grant for Colorado to $320,346,000 available to address recovery needs in the areas of housing, infrastructure, economic development and planning in response to the following presidentially-declared disasters:

Disaster Name Dates
DR 4145 Colorado Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides September 2013
DR 4134 Black Forest Wildfire June 2013
DR 4133 Royal Gorge Wildfire June 2013
DR 4067 High Park and Waldo Canyon Wildfires June/July 2012
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Recovery Priorities 

Immediately following the 2013 floods, the Governor established a temporary office called the Colorado Recovery Office that was charged with coordinating with federal agencies on disaster recovery and conducting a series of public meetings to assess needs, establish recovery priorities and develop an Action Plan for HUD approval.  The CDBG-DR grant funds are intended to act in concert with other disaster recovery resources and fill gaps in the needs of households, businesses and local governments beyond the traditional recovery programs offered by FEMA, the Small Business Administration and other federal programs.  These needs have been periodically reassessed and adjusted based on changing demand and availability of other resources.  Material changes to the Action Plan require a public review process.  The current funding priorities are as follows:

HUD Program Area

Current Total Allocation

Percent

Housing

  • Household Assistance (DOH)
  • New Construction (DOH)
  • Boulder County Collaborative Household Assistance (Longmont)

$100,692,231.56

31.4%

Infrastructure*

  • Infrastructure for Local Governments (DHSEM)
  • Watershed and Ditch Restoration (DLG)
  • Boulder County Collaborative Infrastructure (Longmont)

$159,706,810.93

49.9%

Economic Revitalization

  • Business Grant Program (OEDIT)
  • Tourism Marketing (OEDIT)
  • Agriculture Business Grants (CDA and DOLA)

$19,870,558.83

6.2%

Planning

  • Planning and Resilience (DLG)
  • Watershed Capacity Grants (DLG)
  • Environmental Reviews (DRU and DLG)
  • Boulder County Collaborative Planning (Longmont)

$24,309,098.68

7.6%

Administration

$15,767,300.00

4.9%

Total

$320,346,000.00

100%

Grant Status

As of 3/31/2021 the grant was 93% complete with all funds committed.  All economic recovery programs are complete and planning programs are mostly complete.  Expenditures are updated quarterly and projections are updated semi-annually.  The chart below shows expenditures through the first calendar quarter of 2021.

 
Grant status chart
Current Status By Major Program

The chart below is as of the end of March 2021.

Status by Major Program Chart
Accomplishments To Date

High level summary of accomplishments through March, 2021

Household Assistance
•    235 homes rehabilitated or replaced
•    120 households received rental assistance
•    35 households received down payment assistance
•    40 properties received clearance and demolition
•    85 home access projects (bridge and private road repair) completed

Housing New Construction*
•    1754 multi-family units created
•    103 single-family units created
*These units were created using a mix of CDBG-DR, Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other sources of financing.

Infrastructure – includes projects such as road and bridge repair, acquisitions for open space, public facilities, water and sewerage projects, and watershed restoration projects.
•    98 projects through DHSEM’s program to assist local governments
•    36 Watershed and Ditch projects through DLG
•    30 projects through the Boulder County Collaborative


Economic Development
•    212 Businesses received business grants to sustain operations
•    13 Tourism Marketing agencies received grant funding
•    66 Agriculture Businesses received business assistance

Planning
•    68 Planning and Capacity grants for local governments through DLG
•    23 Watershed capacity grants through DLG
•    4 Planning projects through the Boulder County Collaborative

Action Plans & Required Reports
Economic Revitalization

Colorado’s economy was profoundly impacted by the fires and floods of 2012 and 2013.  In addition to physical damages, road closures, employee disruption and loss of a customer base had a severe negative impact on our small businesses.  Agriculture businesses additionally suffered crop and livestock loss as well as field damages and loss of equipment.  Tourism, a major economic driver in Colorado, supports many small businesses in the Colorado mountains and along the Front Range.  Those small businesses reliant on tourism tend to hire many service sector employees of low and moderate income that are particularly vulnerable during an economic downturn.

In response to these challenges, the State of Colorado established the Recovery Colorado Business Grant Program for small businesses, received a waiver from HUD to offer Tourism Marketing grants to impacted communities, and established an Agriculture Business Grant program to keep farmers and ranchers in business in our impacted rural communities.  The Business Grant and Tourism Marketing programs were managed by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Agriculture Business Grant program was managed in partnership between the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).

 

Infrastructure
CDBG-DR funding assists communities, including private non-profit service providers, in rebuilding the vital infrastructure that helps them function and thrive. Funded projects include repairs to flood ravaged waterways, water and wastewater utilities, and roadways. Other activities supporting infrastructure include strategic property acquisitions and helping communities leverage other recovery funding sources. The program also is providing substantial supplemental support to local recovery projects jointly funded by the State of Colorado, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Highway Administration. The Recover Colorado Infrastructure Grant Program can be used with local cost share for FEMA Public Assistance, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs or NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Programs. Funds may also be used to enhance public infrastructure projects beyond FEMA eligible costs.The Recover Colorado Infrastructure Grant Program may also be used for Infrastructure projects contributing to the overall recovery of the community, including large scale hazard mitigation and resiliency projects, greenways, or other infrastructure to protect communities from disasters (i.e. stream gauges).
Profile: Fish Creek Corridor in Estes Park
Along the Fish Creek Corridor In Estes Park, floodwaters washed out roads, took out municipal drinking sites, and damaged access to electricity. CDBG-DR funding repaired and replaced 16 separate sites along the corridor. Work included the installation of sewer interceptors and manholes, a complete rebuild of utility infrastructures, road right-of-ways, and the construction of mitigation structures. This critical project was vital support for this tourism-driven community.
Housing Grantee Resources
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Mitigation and Resilience
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Contact Info


Will Cundiff

Grants Financial Administrator, Department of Local Affairs

will.cundiff@state.co.us

303.864.8477