Possible shutdown could hurt Colorado flood recovery

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) While officials promise that direct aid to Colorado flooding victims won't be affected by a possible government shutdown, a standoff in Washington could still end up hurting the state's recovery efforts.

Emergency funding distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and Housing and Urban Development department would still continue to flow if there is a shutdown. However, a spokesman for Sen. Michael Bennet says worker furloughs in those agencies could still slow down operations down.

In addition, help rebuilding Colorado's roads before the winter starts could be delayed depending on how National Guard members from other states are paid.

Some Utah National Guard engineers plan to help rebuild the road to Rocky Mountain National Park and hope to start work this week.

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