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Vail mayor says thanks

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A letter to the community:On the afternoon of June 1, a sinkhole developed in the westbound lanes of I-70 at mile marker 180.5 in East Vail. As we now know, the sinkhole was only the beginning of a series of unfortunate events that caused a large amount of flood damage to both public and private property in the East Vail neighborhood. Due to the complexity of the scene and scope of the incident, our municipal resources were significantly impacted.Therefore, we requested the assistance of other emergency response agencies throughout Eagle County. Without hesitation, crews responded quickly and pulled together to work to contain the flooding and prevent additional damage.As the cleanup continues, I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and to let the community know how much we value the remarkable jobs carried out by all the agencies who so professionally responded to our crisis. In particular, we wish to thank the following agencies, organizations and their staffs:B&B Excavating Inc., Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Office of Emergency Management, Colorado State Patrol, Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle County Jail, Eagle County Road and Bridge, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Holy Cross Energy, Lafarge North America Inc., Minturn Police Department, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Town of Avon Police Department, Town of Avon Public Works Department, Town of Vail staff, Vail Fire and Emergency Services, Vail Police Department Volunteers, Vail Public Safety Communications Center, Webster’s Sand & Gravel, Wagner Rents and Xcel Energy.These agencies and organizations exhibited an exceptional spirit of cooperation with our local authorities and I hope you make note of their extraordinary service. We are deeply grateful for having access to such incredible organizations and their employees.In addition, I want to thank the many volunteers who worked feverishly to help with the sandbagging during the height of the emergency, as well as the lodges who offered accommodations. The response was a tremendous reflection of this community’s ability to pull together when we need it the most.For those who experienced property damage or who were inconvenienced by the flood, I want to thank you for your patience. Please know that we are doing everything possible to pursue federal and state assistance on the community’s behalf.Ludwig KurzTown of Vail Mayor


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