WATCH: President Biden speaks after touring the destruction left behind by the fire in Boulder County
President Biden Gets First-Hand Look After Marshall Fire Burns Down More Than 1,000 Homes
BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - President Joe Biden was joined by Colorado Governor Jared Polis Friday afternoon to assess damage caused by the Marshall Fire in Boulder County. You can watch remarks from the president following his tour at the top of this article.
“President Biden’s own personal story of unspeakable loss and grief shone through today as he genuinely connected on a human level with our affected residents and families,” a statement from Gov. Jared Polis reads. “I am grateful for him coming personally to comfort us in our time of need and recommitting to support our recovery and healing. I thank President Biden and the First Lady for their unwavering support for our resilient community. We will continue working together on recovery. I welcome President Biden to Colorado and applaud his administration for making vital resources like the FEMA Disaster Assistance Center and Disaster Unemployment Insurance available quickly to those who survived the Marshall fire.”
The City of Louisville and the Town of Superior suffered the most damage. According to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, as of Thursday night 1084 residential structures were destroyed in the fire.
- City of Louisville: 550 structures destroyed, 43 structures damaged; actual value of residential damage is approximately $229,199,184.
- Town of Superior: 378 structures destroyed, 58 structures damaged; actual value of residential damage is approximately $152,757,462.
- Unincorporated Boulder County: 156 structures destroyed, 48 damaged; actual value of residential damage is approximately $131,255,944.
Earlier this week, the Colorado Department of Revenue announced the agency will offer relief on state-collected taxes to Colorado taxpayers who have been affected by the Marshall Fire. The tax relief measures will mirror IRS measures in the same declared disaster area.
On Monday, the Polis administration and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been approved by the Federal Emergency.
Impacted business owners and homeowners can apply for low-interest loans through the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance program at sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
For more information on federal disaster assistance and access to application materials, visit disasterassistance.gov.
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