Governor Hickenlooper tours flood damage

Jay Polk , Weekend Meteorologist/Reporter, jay.polk@krdo.com
POSTED: 06:23 PM MDT Oct 28, 2013 
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

The flood waters may have receded in Colorado, but thousands of people are still being impacted.

On Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper toured parts of El Paso County that were hit hard by floods this summer.

"We have had more than our share of disasters," he said.

One area that was hit hard was the Old Broadmoor neighborhood.  Damage is still visible at the home of Jim and Janet Jackson more than two months after the floods.

"You know, the walls in the creek.  Our daughters lost their land.  You know there's so much more to do," said Janet Jackson.

Like many people in their neighborhood, the Jacksons didn't think about flooding.  But when they came home to it this summer, they were simply stunned.

"It was a step away from the top of our patio," said Janet Jackson.

Their entire first floor was a wreck.

Janet's husband Jim said, "in the kitchen and in the TV room, the mud was pretty deep there."

Two months later, houses on the street aren't ready for any visitors, but today they got one.  Gov. John Hickenlooper came to see the damage that Cheyenne Creek caused.

But the governor said that Colorado would come back.

"After a disaster like this, we come together as well as any state in America," he said.

Residents in Manitou Springs and along Cheyenne Creek hope that visits like this means that they won't be forgotten.

Gov. Hickenlooper said, "part of what defines Colorado is small towns.  And we as Coloradans have a commitment to make sure that the infrastructire is taken care of."

This past weekend, FEMA closed its disaster relief center in Colorado Springs.  It will re-open the center as a disaster loan outreach center to help victims apply for low interest loans.