Cleanup continues for Berkeley homeowners after water main breaks


DENVER (KDVR) — A week after a water main burst and flooding in the Berkeley neighborhood, cleanup continues. Some homeowners still can’t live in their homes, and many still don’t know how they’ll pay for cleaning or how much damage there actually is.

Although the pipe was repaired and the road resurfaced, approximately 50 homes and a dozen cars suffered water damage. Stacy Bramer’s insurance company is paying for her to live in a hotel right now as she tries to sort through waterlogged items and wonders how and when things will return to normal.

Problems persist for residents of the Berkeley neighborhood.

“Currently, the basement is dry. It took about three days [to get all the water out]”, Bramer said. “Of course, I was not ready for that.

Bramer had minimal decorations upstairs, meaning most of his belongings were washed away by the water that poured in last Sunday.

“Everything else, like my family photos and all my diplomas and school documents,” Bramer said. “All my camping gear, my suitcases, you know, what do you call it? It was there.

Wet or dry, she now spends her days in her garden cataloging all those items to insure them.

“It’s kind of an overwhelming task,” Bramer said. “There are still so many unknowns and questions I have.”

Other concerns remain beyond the cost of damaged goods. She has mud all over the back yard and damage to the front yard. Not to mention the questionable deterioration of the foundations of his house and the mold problems.

“Right now it still smells really bad, it smells dirty and it smells musty. The smell changes every day,” Bramer said.

More importantly for Bramer, she will try to salvage the other precious memories that have been soaked. She’s read that waterlogged photos can be stored in the freezer, she emotionally sorts through photo albums she doesn’t want to see disappear.

A Denver Water spokesperson sent a statement:

As part of our emergency response and water mitigation services, Denver Water has proactively visited each property and provided them with its restoration company. If an owner wishes to use their own catering company, we will reimburse them through our claims process. As homes are restored, a licensed, professionally trained contractor will provide an estimate of the cost to restore damaged uninsured property to pre-flood condition that Denver Water will pay.

Additionally, Denver Water will provide payment of up to $8,000 to cover damage to uninsured personal property. This payment is also based on an estimate provided to Denver Water by its own professionally trained licensed contractor.

It should also be noted that if a vehicle is damaged and an insurance claim is made, Denver Water will also provide payment to cover the insurance policy deductible, up to $1,000. We’ve had about a dozen vehicle claims. “

Denver Water


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