J. Adrian Stanley
Post-Waldo floods in Manitou caused mass damage.
I don't know about you, but the coming of spring makes me think about long days on my mountain bike under the warm sun.
I have a tendency to forget that summer also means heavy downpours that can flood streets and homes. But, as we have seen in past years, summer is about more than wildflowers and campfires. It's also about cars — and even houses — sliding down hillsides in flash floods. That's especially true since the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires left hillsides bare.
In light of this, the county is hosting meetings to prepare residents for the monsoon season. A meeting will take place Monday night in vulnerable Green Mountain Falls, where past flooding has caused heavy damage.
Read on for the details:
El Paso County Office of Emergency Management Flash Flood Information Meeting TONIGHT
Travel, Mitigation, Preparedness and Recovery To Be Discussed
El Paso County, CO, April 4, 2016 – The El Paso County Office of Emergency Management will host a meeting at the Joyland Church (10605 Green Mountain Falls Road) in Green Mountain Falls tonight (April 4) from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. to give Ute Pass area residents updated information on flood risks, mitigation efforts and preparations for upcoming Spring and Summer rainstorms.
El Paso County Office of Emergency Management, Public Services Department, Commissioner Sallie Clark, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the National Weather Service and local fire districts will address various issues and answer questions.
Weather monitoring and warning systems, personal, family and business preparedness plans, road closure procedures and ongoing mitigation efforts will be discussed at this meeting.
“It is important to make sure residents are prepared as we move into spring and summer and have the potential for heavy rain to create flash flooding from the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar,” said District 3 El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark. “This is a great opportunity to get the latest information and to make sure you are ready. I hope everyone in the area is able to attend this very important meeting.”
You can get more information on disaster preparedness at:
Those attending the meeting will also be able to view displays and learn more about the Fountain Creek Watershed from the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District.
For questions about the April 4th meeting call (719) 575-8858.