Superior to shut off water in Marshall fire burn area to prevent frozen pipes

City officials in Superior are shutting off water to homes and businesses in the area scorched this week by the Marshall fire, Boulder County officials said in a release.

The water must be shut off to restore water pressure lost after the fire but also to prevent pipes from freezing, Boulder County’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted Saturday morning.

For some residents in Superior, Louisville, the San Souci Mobile Home Park, East Boulder County Water District and Eldorado Artesian Spring, water users might not be off but they should boil what water they do have before drinking or using it to cook, the office said in another tweet.

At the same time, gas has been shut off for others in the Superior and Louisville area and utility officials with Xcel are working to restore the service, the office said. Additional information can be found online at co.my.xcelenergy. Utility crews are working their way through the area and will leave door tags on homes where gas hasn’t yet been restored, the city of Superior said in a tweet.

In the meantime, anyone in need of an electric heater should stop by the Red Cross shelter at YMCA in Lafayette or the Boulder YWCA between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., the office said in a release.

Federal aid is also now available for residents and businesses hurt by the fire. The money, available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, can be used to cover temporary housing, home repairs, uninsured property losses and more. Residents and business owners needing federal assistance can apply at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

Officials estimate so far that as many as 1,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed during the fire and two people are still missing.

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