Flooding has hampered attempts to fully inspect storm damage in the oilfields. Where crews can get in, they are using containment booms and vacuum trucks to capture and remove oil-contaminated water.
Five communities remained under orders from the state health department to boil drinking water or use bottled water because of contamination concerns. Health department teams have been dispatched to 20 drinking water or wastewater treatment operations that requested help with assessing damage and planning repairs.
State officials were looking for money for repairs, starting with federal highway aid. Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet asked Congress to lift a $100 million cap on federal money for disaster-related road repairs.
In a conference call with Gov. John Hickenlooper, state and local officials discussed how to pay for emergency repairs, and local governments asked how they could assist their counterparts.
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