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Ritter declares Holly a state disaster area

DENVER – Gov. Bill Ritter declared Holly a state disaster area Monday, setting the stage for the state to seek federal aid following the deadly tornado there last week.A preliminary review by state and federal emergency management officials showed the storm Wednesday damaged 164 homes, including 48 that were uninhabitable. A mother of two was killed after being thrown into a tree, and eight other people were injured.”After visiting Holly on Thursday, I know firsthand how devastating the tornado was to the community,” Ritter said.He said the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and other state agencies would assemble a community disaster recovery team to coordinate state efforts.The state also will review whether state grant funds can be used to help repair or replace infrastructure, he said.

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