Loans, grants offered for Colorado irrigation repairs

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GREELEY, Colo. (AP) A state agency is offering $15 million in low-interest loans and $1.5 million in grants to help Colorado irrigation water providers start repairing damage from last month's floods.

The Greeley Tribune reported Friday damage to northern Colorado irrigation systems was widespread.

Many irrigation canals, dikes and diversion structures were damaged or destroyed.

The floods killed nine people, damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 homes and washed out hundreds of miles of roads.

The Colorado Water Conservancy Board is providing the loans and grants. The South Platte Roundtable agreed to contribute an additional $150,000 for grants.

Officials said the grants are limited to $25,000 each and are intended to pay for technical assistance, such as consultation with engineers and other experts, rather than construction.

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