Residents are warned about flooding, pollution and scams.

12:57 PM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
(AP File)
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Flooding, pollution and scams are among the concerns facing Colorado residents in the aftermath of the most destructive fires in state history.

In Larimer County, where the High Park Fire burned about 136 square miles and destroyed nearly 260 houses west of Fort Collins, residents are complaining that officials failed to provide sandbags to protect their property from recent rains. At a community meeting Monday night, they also voiced frustration that county officials say property tax relief will be limited.

In Greeley, the issue is clean drinking water. The recent rain pushed enough ash and sediment into the Poudre River that parts of it turned black. While the city is filtering its water, officials say customers might get a smoky smell. But, they say it does not pose a health risk.

Meanwhile, the Colorado attorney general is warning about scam artists. John Suthers says residents have reported automated phone calls and people going door-to-door seeking donations for fire victims. He says reputable charities don't gather contributions that way.

Suthers also warns residents to watch out for scammers posing as contractors or repair specialists. He recommends asking companies for references and written contracts.

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