Larimer County Schedules Additional Demolitions of Flood Related Dangerous Homes
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Eric Fried, Larimer County Chief Bldg. Official, 970-498-7705, email@example.com
Candace Phippen, LC Code Compliance, 970- 498-7724, firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, 970-498-7150, email@example.com
Larimer County will continue with the demolitions of three homes as part of the Larimer County Abatement of Dangerous Homes Program on Tuesday, May 27th. The contractor will start with two homes, one structure located at 7574/7582 County Road 43, and the other located at 7604 County Road 43, both in Glen Haven. After these homes are demolished, the contractor will demolish the home at 143 West Creek in Glen Haven. All homes should be demolished by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 28th, with debris hauling to take a couple of more days.
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. Larimer County began the process earlier this month to remove the homes seriously damaged by the 2013 flood and posing the greatest risk of being washed downstream.
The Larimer County Building Department investigated structures that posed a danger as a result of the 2013 flooding and in line with the abatement of the dangerous buildings program, hired a contractor to implement the demolitions with the property owner’s agreement or when an owner is unable or unwilling to resolve the issue. Eric Fried, Larimer County’s Chief Building Official says “We need to protect public safety with the full cooperation of property owners. Larimer County can save them money and get the job done, thanks to our federal and state partners in this program. We are sensitive to how difficult this is for people, however many 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,” says Candace Phippen, Larimer County Code Compliance Supervisor, “Some owners demolished their homes, others obtained structural engineer evaluations with fixes designed to abate the danger, and for other properties, bank stabilization work abates the danger.”
Larimer County pays the 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.