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Sep 26, 2013 12:48 AM by Kirsten Boyd

Flood-related road damage estimated at $430 million

Officials say the flood damage to state highways alone is about $430 million, with 200 miles of roads and 50 bridges destroyed. The flooding also caused eight confirmed deaths and damaged or destroyed nearly 1,800 homes.

The state estimates the operational costs of the flooding at nearly $20 million. That does not include local or federal response.

Early estimates suggest 1,533 square miles of land were flooded in 17 counties. Eight people statewide have died from the flooding, including two in El Paso County.

Nearly 6,000 people remain under evacuation and it could be months before all people are able to return home due to health concerns and water contamination.

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