Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

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Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

Clearing road taps out HOA’s bank account
Gene Vanderbur stands near the second story of his townhome on Monday after a rainstorm July 24 filled the ground level floor inside his home with mud, rock and debris that is over 6 feet deep. Vanderbur lies at The Pines Townhomes north of Hermosa. He and his wife, Marjorie, were out of town when the floods hit.
Flood resources

La Plata County has several links to documents about floods after wildfires, including the Burned Area Emergency Response team summary of the 416 Fire, debris flow probability map, soil burn severity map, and much more. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2LA3PvR.The United States Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program provides assistance to residents whose property has sustained damage from natural disasters, including flooding after a wildfire. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2iKDah0.

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

Gene Vanderbur stands near the second story of his townhome on Monday after a rainstorm July 24 filled the ground level floor inside his home with mud, rock and debris that is over 6 feet deep. Vanderbur lies at The Pines Townhomes north of Hermosa. He and his wife, Marjorie, were out of town when the floods hit.

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

A fire hydrant at The Pines Townhomes north of Hermosa somehow still stands Monday after being pummeled by rocks and mud during a rainstorm July 24.

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

Trucks hauled out about 40 loads of mud and debris just to open the road in The Pines Townhomes north of Hermosa. Flooding and mudslides occurred July 24 after a heavy rainstorm. The adjacent land was burned in the 416 Fire, making the terrain unable to absorb moisture when it rains.

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

Vehicles at Mel Smith’s home, which is situated in between The Pines Townhomes and Animas Village Apartments north of Hermosa, were buried in rock and debris after a heavy rainstorm July 24. The adjacent land was burned in the 416 Fire, making the terrain unable to absorb moisture when it rains.

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

Larry Bareis, treasurer of The Pines Townhomes Homeowners Association, looks over tons of rock and debris at the development north of Hermosa on Monday. The flooding and mudslides occurred July 24. The adjacent land was burned in the 416 Fire, making the terrain unable to absorb moisture when it rains. Bareis has been organizing cleanup and services for the small development.
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