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Getting ready for the rain near the Waldo burn scar

A lot of locals are working to alleviate flood risks; here are a few efforts to keep an eye on

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As described in "Black water," our March 20 cover story, flooding off the Waldo Canyon burn scar is expected to be dangerous and destructive. But a lot of people in the community are working to alleviate risks as much as possible.

That in mind, here are a few efforts to keep an eye on:

Door-to-door flood awareness campaign: The city of Colorado Springs and AspenPointe will distribute a flood-preparedness brochure and other tools to high flood-risk neighborhoods. Volunteers will drop packets on porches throughout the month.

Post-fire flood risk meetings: Want to learn more about your flood risk? Head to a community meeting. The current schedule is as follows.

• Green Mountain Falls area: Monday, April 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Ute Pass Elementary School, 9230 Chipita Park Road

• Cascade area: Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ute Pass Elementary School, 9230 Chipita Park Road

• Pleasant Valley neighborhood: Thursday, April 11, 6 to 8 p.m., Glen Eyrie Castle Great Hall, 3820 N. 30th St.

• Manitou Springs: Monday, April 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.

• Manitou Springs: Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.

Free sandbag distribution day: If you are in a high-flood risk area on the west side, you can get free filled sandbags on April 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless building, located at 2424 W. Garden of the Gods Road.

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