Four locals help in flood-damaged area

Four Mesa County employees are working in Weld County through this Friday to help repair damage caused by flooding last month.

The three equipment operators and one foreman began working in Weld County on 
Oct. 14 and brought with them three dump trucks and a belly dump trailer to haul gravel for road reconstruction. Mesa County Public Works Director Pete Baier said the county responded to the Front Range as soon as Weld County could accommodate their help.

“I can’t imagine the devastation. We’ve heard 600 lane miles have been damaged,” Baier said.

Mesa County commissioners signed an intergovernmental agreement Monday morning for the two-week arrangement with Weld County. The agreement, signed by Weld County commissioners Oct. 10, establishes that Weld County will reimburse Mesa County for the four workers’ wages, per diem and hotel rooms while they are in Weld County, plus the cost of fueling the four vehicles to get to and from the job. The agreement states that Weld County expects to get assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Colorado to help reimburse Mesa County.

Costs estimated in the agreement are $17,314. Expenses will be paid within a year, according to the agreement.

The Mesa County crew will assist Weld County with repair projects on 54th Street Road between Weld County Road 396 and 47th Avenue in southern Greeley and Weld County Road 380 in Kersey.

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