Jobs grant will aid flood-impacted counties
Last Updated: 15:07 December 9, 2013
About 230 temporary workers will be hired to clean up and repair areas in Colorado that were hit by storms and flooding in September, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Monday. The new workers are expected to be paid up to $12,000 each for up to six months of work, according to a press statement.
Heavy rainstorms and subsequent flooding Sept. 11-15 caused an estimated $2 billion in property damage in Colorado, including extensive public property damage. Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Washington and Weld counties will receive help from the grant, which comes from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The grant will help both dislocated workers and the affected communities, said Ellen Golombek, executive director at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Officials at state Workforce Centers in the nine counties are coordinating with representatives of county agencies and nonprofit groups to find candidates to fill the temporary jobs. Participants must meet federally determined guidelines, according to the press statement. Officials also are deciding which areas damaged by flooding are most in need of clean-up and repair.
The new workers are expected to operate equipment, clean and repair culverts, roads and levees, restore playgrounds and trails, and supervise crews. They’re also expected to distribute food and clothing, help secure shelter and handle other humanitarian assistance requests and perform administrative functions.
People in Boulder County who are interested in applying for the new jobs should contact Workforce Boulder County offices in Boulder or Longmont. The number for Boulder is 303-301-2900. The number for Longmont is 303-651-1510.
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