FEMA approves grants for Colorado Springs landslide victims

By Billie Stanton Anleu, The Gazette 

After nearly two years, Colorado Springs landslide victims finally received good news Wednesday: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $5.9 million to the city to acquire houses demolished or severely damaged by landslides caused by record rains in 2015.

The Lower Skyway and Broadmoor Bluffs areas were particularly hard-hit, and most of the 27 homeowners who qualify for assistance live in those neighborhoods.

Dennis Cripps, whose house on Broadmoor Bluffs was rendered uninhabitable, said he was delighted by the news.

“I’m feeling great about it. The disappointment part of it is, that ($5.9 million) is what it was two years ago,” Cripps said. “It just seems like it’s taken forever. But it feels like it’s headway. I also feel good that even though there’s not enough money for everybody now, they’re still going after more grants. And that tells me they’re going to try to satisfy everybody on the list.”

Gordon Brenner, the city’s recovery coordinator, advised the landslide victims by email that the city staff will seek City Council permission on Aug. 21 to spend the $5.9 million.

“Please remember: $5.9 million will not be enough to acquire all the properties on the list,” Brenner wrote. “We have already submitted a notice of intent to file for another round of grant funding, and will continue to seek additional funding until all options are exhausted.”

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