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Evergreen FEMA help center scheduled to close Saturday

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By Sandy Barnes

The temporary Evergreen office of FEMA set up to help victims of last month's flooding will close permanently at 7 p.m. Saturday, as residents seeking assistance have dwindled.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened the office in the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building in Bergen Park in the wake of the flooding that hit parts of Evergreen after a week of incessant rains.

Jeffco residents affected by the flooding should register with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Anyone still in need of assistance also can visit fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers to find the closest Colorado FEMA help center.

According to preliminary estimates of structural damage in Jeffco by the Sheriff's Office, 14 residences were destroyed and 215 damaged. Twenty-four commercial properties were damaged. Also, 35 minor structures were destroyed and 57 damaged, according to reports.

A preliminary assessment of the cost to repair Jefferson County infrastructure is estimated at $6 million.
If a resident is not in a flood zone and had property damaged by surface water, he most likely will not be eligible for insurance coverage, said Evergreen State Farm agent Chuck Ridings.
"When people have water coming off the hill and into their basements, that's not covered," he explained.
Residents not eligible for flood insurance can protect their properties from flooding through landscaping designed to keep water from flowing toward it, he said. They also can store personal items on pallets in their basements, rather than placing them directly on the floor, and make sure that window wells in the basement are positioned above ground.

Additional information about assistance through the Jeffco is available at http://jeffco.us/disaster-recovery/.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.