Feds Pay People to Leave Vulnerable Areas, Counties Re-Zone

May 28, 2014 AT 11:00 AM

Demolition crews smashed damaged homes built in Colorado's flood-prone mountain canyons Tuesday as county authorities pushed ahead on master plans encompassing flood, mud and wildfire risks.

Authorities from Boulder and Larimer counties are removing about a dozen flooded homes deemed to be priority hazards.

And the Boulder County authorities said they're encouraging — not forcing — property owners to take advantage of federal buyout offers for relocation to land less vulnerable to raw forces of nature. They estimated $30 million would be needed to cover 60 current applicants mulling buyouts.

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