New maps show true post-Waldo flood risks




The release of the final portion of the Flash Flood Risk Analysis means that those at risk of flooding from the Waldo Canyon burn scar now know exactly where they stand.

New maps available for city residents at and for county residents here show the outcome of different kinds of storms. The maps also consider the impact of debris coming from the burn scar, which is expected to cause blockages at street crossings. Scenarios are based on the amount of water that falls in a given hour — 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 1.75, and 2.0 inches.

The maps are intended to warn residents who may not know their homes and businesses are in danger, and to encourage them to prepare for a worst-case scenario. Those within the flood plain are encouraged to purchase flood insurance, document valuables or move them to a safer place, purchase a weather radio, and have an emergency plan. Here are some other tips.

You can learn more at the meeting tonight:

Final Flash Flood Risk Analysis Maps Available at 3 p.m. Today
Meeting Tonight at 6 p.m. for Fountain Creek Area Residents

Colorado Springs, CO, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 — The Final Flash Flood Risk Analysis Maps for Fountain, Ute and Camp creeks will be available online for the public on the City’s website and the County’s website today at 3 p.m. Final maps for media use can be accessed at MAPS.

The final results show expected inundation areas for one hour rainfall amounts of 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 1.75, and 2.0 inches of rain. Depths are not included in this study. These areas were determined assuming debris in flood waters cause blockage at street crossings. This information is not intended for flood insurance purposes or to replace established FEMA floodplains. Individual property owners are solely responsible for determining their risk level and taking appropriate actions to ensure their own safety and protect property.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Division, City of Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, and the City of Manitou Springs will share the Final Flash Flood Risk Analysis for the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar at a preparedness meeting TONIGHT for residents and businesses along the waterways of Fountain Creek. Meeting is open to the public.
- Fountain Creek Area Preparedness Meeting
- Wednesday, July 24
- 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Al Kaly Shrine, 6 South 33rd Street (33rd and Pikes Peak Ave.)

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