Cleanup efforts continued in Black Forest Tuesday as homeowners repaired fences and shoveled away mud. El Paso County said it would like to offer financial help to fund residents' cleanup efforts, but it's not possible.
Homeowners in the floods' path are expected to foot the bill for heavy equipement to clean up. It's a big price tag for a mess they didn't make.
"Mother Nature is going to put the rain where she wants it to go," said Jennifer Reily as she walked around a barn where she boards her horse off Tia Ln.
Heavy rain was bad news for Reily during recent storms. Flashflood waters send mud and debris from Black Forest Fire's burn scar flowing south.
The flashflood waters hit her horse's barn and pasture first. Next, they head south and take out her fence.
"Each flood, each incident, it's hard. It's a drain and every time you have to repair the fence it's time and money," said Reily.
Reily and other horse owners have spent time laying out sandbags and clearing mud to direct the water away from the barn. A lot of mud lands in her yard downstream, so she has to pick up the tab to get mud off her property.
"We have it a lot better than other people do, but I feel bad for people in Black Forest who don't have insurance whose roads continue to be washed out and they don't have a tractor available to them to help," said Reily.
Pat Turner lives downstream of Reily's horse's barn. Turner knows she won't get money from the county to clean up her property.
"I think it sucks but I can understand where they are coming from," said Turner.
El Paso County wants to help, but it can't.
"The county commissioners (and) county staff would very much like to do anything they can to help every citizen out, but the resources and the legal authority simply are not there," said county spokesperson Dave Rose.
The county can't apply taxpayer dollars to private land.
"That's a matter of state statute and it's also a matter of fairness if you think about it," said Rose.
The county says it needs to devote its money to repairing roads and culverts threatened by flooding.