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Sep 18, 2013 12:51 AM by Kirsten Boyd

Colorado senator addresses flooding with Congress

In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) highlighted the historic and devastating floods in Colorado, while sharing inspirational stories of local response and recovery efforts.

Among the stories of resilience Bennet shared was the town of Jamestown that rigged a pulley system to deliver food and supplies to residents in need and the group in Lyons who formed a human chain to help each other reach higher ground.

The floods have wreaked havoc across Colorado, tragically killing several Coloradans, damaging thousands of homes and businesses, and destroying critical infrastructure.

Bennet is working closely with state and federal officials to ensure that emergency personnel and agencies have the resources they need to keep people safe and that the state and local communities will have the tools they need to rebuild.

"As we move from rescue to recovery, frustration and enormous challenges lie ahead," Bennet said in his remarks. "We know that in the coming weeks, months, and even years, Colorado is going to face a lot of rebuilding, and we will rise to this occasion. We will build it back better than it was before it was destroyed, and we're going to fight every day for Colorado families, many of whom have lost everything to make sure they are getting the support they need."

To watch Sen. Bennet's full remarks, CLICK HERE.

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