WELD COUNTY — Shortly after the flood waters in Weld County began to rise and damage roads and bridges, Douglas County commissioners reached out and offered to help in Weld County’s recovery effort.
On Sept. 23, Douglas County sent nine public works employees and their equipment to help Weld County’s public works crews repair damaged roads and bridges.
“They came here to work,” said Commissioner Douglas Rademacher. “And we certainly appreciate it.”
The Douglas County crew arrived ready to work in Weld County on Sept. 23 and continued to work on Weld County roads and bridges through Friday, Oct. 4.
“Several counties have contacted the Board and offered help,” said Commissioner Conway. “And we are looking at how to best take them up on their offers to help us repair our roads.”
From Sept. 12 through Sept. 24, Weld County had 109 road closures. As of Sept. 27, Weld County was down to only 36 roads remaining closed.
Many roads and bridges throughout the county, however, were damaged by the flood waters. According to Weld County Public Works reports, 25 bridges were impacted by the flood and suffered damage. Of those bridges, nine have had emergency repairs completed. Seventy-five roads throughout the county were impacted by the flood and suffered damage. At least 14 of those roads have had emergency repairs completed.
On Sept. 26, FEMA representatives toured the county with Weld’s Public Works employees to conduct damage assessments of county infrastructure.