MARSHALL FIRE: Community frustrated with rebuilding response

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SUPERIOR, Colo. (KDVR) – Sunday marked one month since the Marshall Fire erupted, swept away thousands of homes in Boulder County.

On this anniversary, a new community group called Superior Rising gathered neighbors at the community center to discuss the changes they want to see.

“We’re a month away and maybe not much has happened,” Superior Rising co-frontman John Heckman said. “Without coordination, we kind of find ourselves competing, and right now there are people competing for resources.”

The group wants people to come together and share stories, strategies and frustrations for the rebuilding process.

A number of residents took to the microphone on Sunday to share the roadblocks they face.

“My property is there and I couldn’t work on it last week, I lost a week of work and this week will never come back to me,” said resident Paul Williamson. “I think the first thing we need to do is get the city out of our way, their clearance process has been laborious, it hasn’t been restricted, it’s miscommunication.”

“I’m just as frustrated. It’s really unfortunate that he’s ready to build, he’s 74, we shouldn’t get in his way,” Superior City Administrator Neal Shah said. “I don’t think the level of urgency at the county level is felt the same way our residents are feeling it. If this community group, Superior Rising, can shine a light on that to go faster, fantastic.

Superior Rising has a website, which you can find here.

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