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Flooded Colorado town relies on port-a-potties

Port-a-potties are place all over the town of Evans, CO., which does not have sewage treatment after the massive floods. (Source: KMGH/CNN) Port-a-potties are place all over the town of Evans, CO., which does not have sewage treatment after the massive floods. (Source: KMGH/CNN)

With the storm knocking out water treatment services, residents of Evans are forced to rely on 400 portable outhouses.

Sharon Mann says the new normal is relying on the port-a-potties, which are placed across the city after floods damaged the sewer treatment plant.

"But I'm very grateful for it," Mann said.

If Mario Rosas needs to use the bathroom, he needs travel quite a distance, not an easy task for the father of a 6-year-old son.

"He's had some emergency calls late at night, too," Rosas said.

Lyle Achziger, the mayor of Evans, hopes service will be restored by early next week, but he fears this may not be the only inconvenience of the dirty flood water.

"There's propane, there's gas, there's oil, there's probably farm chemicals," Achziger said.

Already 200 homes have been tagged for demolition, and the mayor fears that number could double.

A six-month building ban now is in place in many water ravaged neighborhoods. Environmental tests will determine if the areas are safe.

"For all intents and purposes, the river has made a new course for itself," Achziger said.

A new course that is responsible for a new way of life.

"Thank goodness we have that port-a-potty. It made all the difference in the world," Mann said.

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