A $60.4 billion disaster appropriations bill for Hurricane Sandy relief and rebuilding now includes $125 million for restoration efforts at Colorado watersheds damaged by this summer’s wildfires.
The Poudre River, revered for its normally pristine water, was contaminated by so much High Park Fire ash, it was rendered nearly useless for water managers in Greeley and Fort Collins.
Charred ground and fewer trees means significantly more runoff from rain and snow as we transition into winter.
Life is still anything but normal for Chief Bob Gann and the Rist Canyon Volunteer firefighters. The High Park Fire destroyed one of the department’s stations and some of the volunteer’s homes in the area.
On the 6 month anniversary of the High Park Fire, life is different and challenges abound. Challenges like working through the labyrinth of insurance claims.