Flood workers sought under $4.6 million emergency grant

More than 100 workers will be hired in Weld and Larimer counties as part of a flood recovery jobs grant announced Monday.

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide $4.6 million to hire 230 temporary workers statewide to help with flood relief efforts. That means dozens of new jobs in Northern Colorado.

Larimer County, for instance, received $1.48 million and plans to hire 75 workers, according to Adam Crowe, business development manager for the Loveland-based Larimer County Work Force Center.

“All of this money is geared toward temporary employment that is flood-related,” Crowe said, “either in terms of clean-up and restoration work or humanitarian work.”

Though the jobs are temporary, Crowe said he believed they would find plenty of applicants. “We’re ready to hire right now and start deploying these dollars,” he said.

“We will have some folks who’ve been displaced who will be interested and some who have been out of work for a few months who will be interested. This might be a nice way to get folks through to the next job they’re looking for.”

In Weld County, 50 new workers will be hired. “It’s great,´ said Tami Grant, who will be overseeing the emergency grant for Employment Services of Weld County……The county received $987,127 and has already placed seven people in flood-related recovery positions.

Ellen Golombek, executive director of Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment, said the grant is a welcome tool in repairing the extensive damage and restoring the communities and businesses disrupted due to the flooding.

“After such devastation, the work ahead in many communities is staggering. This grant will give us a chance to provide dislocated workers and long-term unemployed Coloradans with jobs opportunities asisting in their communities, addressing long-term recovery issues,” Golombek said in a statement. The grant is also designed to help employ veterans and migrant, seasonal farm workers.

The grants are being made available in the nine affected counties: Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Washington and Weld counties.

Organizations who need flood-relief workers or those seeking employment are encouraged to contact their local work force center. A complete list can be found at: colorado.gov/cdle (click on “Workforce Center Services”).

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