Marshall Fire Debris Removal Program underway in Superior and Louisville
Boulder County, Colo. – Starting this week, crews and trucks have arrived in Superior and Louisville to begin clearing Marshall Fire debris from private properties. The work is being undertaken by contractor DRC, who was awarded the contract for the private property debris removal program. The program is a partnership between Louisville, Superior and Boulder County.
The project, which was halted by lawsuits, will now clear debris from properties destroyed in December by the devastating Marshall Fire in Louisville, in upper, unincorporated Boulder County, and is expected to last about four months.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has pledged to cover 90% of the $60 million project cost while the state of Colorado will cover 5% and Louisville, Superior and Boulder County will cover the remainder.
Many properties will begin to see preparatory works like mobilizing vehicles and equipment and installing fencing and other erosion control measures before debris removal begins (see images below). below).
Commenting on the start of construction, Louisville Mayor Ashley Stolzmann said, “It’s a bittersweet day. We’ve worked so hard with our partners to get to this point in the recovery process and we can’t wait to see this debris cleared so we can start bringing our residents home. However, standing here in front of the site of so many destroyed homes is still heartbreaking for me and all members of our community.
“I’m sure for many people outside of our community the Marshall fire looks like something that happened months ago, but for us it has been life changing 109 days since the fire . There has been so much work behind the scenes to support our community, but seeing the trucks on site today is an important milestone in our recovery journey and I know many people, myself included, will celebrate. There’s a lot of work to do, but the City of Louisville and our partners will be there for residents every step of the way.
Senior Mayor Clint Folsom commented, “Given the scale of the destruction caused by the Marshall Fire, we knew a coordinated approach would be essential to clearing the debris so residents could begin the rebuilding process. We are pleased that this effort is now underway and are especially grateful to our county, state and federal partners for helping to make this coordinated effort possible.
The owners will be informed 24 to 48 hours before the arrival of the teams on site. Each package will take 6-11 days and will include hazard inspection, metal, ash, debris and concrete removal, rough site grading, environmental soil inspection and analysis.
Residents can monitor air quality throughout debris removal at https://www.bouldercounty.org/disasters/wildfires/marshallfireaq/.
Senior Residents can access more information about the Marshall Fire here: https://www.superiorcolorado.gov/marshallfire
Louisville residents can learn more about the PPDR here: https://www.louisvilleco.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/34385/637826118426030000