Larimer County Schedules Demolition of Flood Related Dangerous Homes
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: May 5, 2014
Eric Fried, Larimer County Chief Bldg. Official, 970-498-7705, firstname.lastname@example.org
Candace Phippen, LC Code Compliance, 970- 498-7724, email@example.com
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, 970-498-7150, firstname.lastname@example.org
Larimer County will begin demolishing six homes seriously damaged by the 2013 flood on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 with the first home in the Big Thompson canyon posing the greatest risk of being washed downstream, causing further damage, as waters rise.
Under the County’s Abatement of Dangerous Buildings Program contractors will begin demolition where there is a high probability that those homes will be washed downstream by rising waters, rain, or collapse. These structures may cause serious secondary flooding, threats to public health and damage to newly repaired or replaced roads and bridges.
The Larimer County Building Department investigates structures that may pose a danger as a result of the 2013 flooding and, if found to constitute a danger, pursue abatement of the dangerous building through demolition if the property owner is unable or unwilling to resolve the issue voluntarily, says Eric Fried, Larimer County’s Chief Building Official, “It's unfortunate we need to complete the demolition Mother Nature started with the 2013 flood, however, we do need to protect public safety by removing what have become dangerous buildings.” Fried says that with the full cooperation of property owners, Larimer County we can save them money and get the job done, thanks to our federal and state partners in this program.” “We are very sensitive to how difficult it is for many people to deal with the continuing aftermath of the flood, and the loss of homes that in some cases have been in their family for generations,” Fried continued, “Most people are grateful that we can take care of the demolition at a lower cost for them.” Larimer County’s contractor is TFR Enterprises Inc., of Leander, Texas.
Originally, there were about 30 homes identified as imminently dangerous. Some owners demolished their homes, others obtained structural engineer evaluations with fixes designed to abate the danger, and other properties will have bank stabilization work that has or will abate the danger. “County staff has worked very closely with the families to help them through what can be a confusing and complicated process" says Candace Phippen, Larimer County Code Compliance Supervisor. “Creeks and rivers are running high. The bottom line for public safety is we need to make sure flood-damaged buildings do not cause new damage downstream.”
Larimer County’s process began with approval from the Board of County Commissioners pursuant to the County’s Abatement Program. The County will pay its contractor for the demolition work out of general fund money. If a property owner is not insured or insurance proceeds do not cover demolition costs, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the State of Colorado may reimburse the County 87.5% of the demolition costs, with the property owner responsible for reimbursement of 12.5% of the costs. If a property is insured for demolition costs, the County’s contractor will still complete the demolition work, with insurance proceeds paying 100% of the costs incurred.
Eric Fried – Larimer County Chief Bldg. official will be on scene at 1722 Hwy. 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon during the first demolition to answer questions.