Pandemic adds time, cost to rebuild after Colo. wildfire

Aptopix Colorado Wildfire

A view of a Boulder County neighborhood that was destroyed by a wildfire is seen from a Colorado National Guard helicopter during a flyover by Gov. Jared Polis on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. Tens of thousands of Coloradans driven from their neighborhoods by a wind-whipped wildfire anxiously waited to learn what was left standing of their lives Friday as authorities reported more than 500 homes were feared destroyed. (Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio via AP, Pool)

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) — In Colorado and other states hit by natural disasters this year, the pandemic has injected extra uncertainty and created more obstacles for families trying to rebuild.

Shortages of workers and raw materials are making rebuilding slower and more expensive.

In areas where real estate prices have risen sharply, families are learning that their insurance may not cover the cost to rebuild their homes exactly as they were.

And in a tight housing market, there are few homes for sale or rent, making it hard for families to find temporary shelter.

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