UPDATE: Manitou hit by floods

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We just spoke with Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder who is heading to the scene of the floods on Canon Avenue to survey the damage.

Snyder says he understands that Upper Williams Canyon got about 1.5 inches of rain over the course of 60-90 minutes. That exceeded the threshold of stormwater infrastructure in Williams Canyon. He says that he has been told that water went over the top of the culvert leading out of Williams where the culvert goes underground. That may have been cause by branches and trees damming the culvert.

He says he believes that crews have already cleaned out the culvert. More clouds are moving in on the area.

“We’re just putting everything back together as quickly as we can," he says, "in anticipation that we may get another event.”


——- SECOND POST, MONDAY, 2:15 P.M. ——-
We just spoke with co-owner Bill Stein at Creekside Cuisine & Craft Beer, located in the former Adam's Mountain Cafe space in the Manitou Spa Building. 

Nearly two years ago to the day, Adam's flooded after heavy rains on the burn scar above Manitou, and the restaurant took on a significant amount of water and mud. 

By Stein's account today, mitigation efforts on the part of Creekside partner and building contractor Chuck Murphy proved somewhat, but not totally successful. Four scuppers installed on the new patio wall kept water from overwhelming the patio but couldn't keep up with the strong water flow. Stein believes about 24 inches of water was up against his walls and windows, though "very little got inside," fortunately. 

In the wake of the flow, he says roughly six inches of mud remained on the patio and the building's rotunda area was also in need of a thorough scrubbing. 

"We're going to hose down, and god willing and if the river doesn't rise again, we'll open tomorrow," he says. 

Stein confirms other local reports that "it only rained here a few minutes, but about 15 minutes later the water started coming" from around the spa building's side that meets up with Soda Springs Park. 

—— ORIGINAL POST: 1:54 P.M., MONDAY, AUG. 10 ——

Floods have damaged Manitou since the Waldo Canyon Fire. Many thought the bad floods — like this one — were over. But new infrastructure can't handle the biggest storms. - J. ADRIAN STANLEY
  • J. Adrian Stanley
  • Floods have damaged Manitou since the Waldo Canyon Fire. Many thought the bad floods — like this one — were over. But new infrastructure can't handle the biggest storms.

Flash floods hit Manitou today and it looks they're doing some serious damage.

Manitou already experienced problems from persistent rains this spring, but the damage was different: a couple collapsed bridges, a culvert leak, collapsed retaining walls. Flash floods, which carry debris in fast moving water, pose a much bigger safety risk and are more likely to cause major damage to homes and structures.

The Independent has placed a call to Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder seeking information on the extent of the damage, but has not heard back from him yet. Amateur video footage of the flooding is available at the I Love Manitou Springs Facebook Page

Other reports around the Web are citing flooding in the Flying W Ranch area, a blanket of hail at I-25 and Woodmen Road, and other strange and damaging weather. Follow your local news agencies on twitter for the most up to date information.


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