If flooding occurs, go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.
The recent Waldo Canyon Fire has significantly changed the landscape, presenting risk of debris flow and flooding. Hillsides once protected by vegetation have been compromised and precipitation will have unknown effects on the landscape.
Flood events can generate up to ½ inch of rain in an hour, so it is important to familiarize your family with a plan that involves “Moving Up; Not Out”.
Here's what you can do to stay safe during a flood:
- If flooding occurs, go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.
- Do not attempt to walk across flowing streams or drive through flooded roadways.
- If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic, or roof.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio or local TV station for the latest storm information.
- If you've come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.
Please Note: Although many communities in El Paso County are susceptible to flash flooding, the following areas are of greatest concern for post - Waldo Canyon Fire flash flood events.
- North Douglas Creek (second largest burn area of these basins flowing to the City) that drains to a channel running through subdivisions west and east of Centennial (originating near Pikeview Quarry, crossing under Flying W Ranch Road and Centennial Blvd, along Mule Deer Drive just west of Ute Valley Park), crossing Garden of the Gods Road near Elkton Drive and discharging to Monument Creek
- South Douglas Creek that drains to a channel next to Flying W Ranch Road, crossing Garden of the Gods Road at Arrows West Drive and heading east, past Centennial Blvd through Holland Park, and discharging to Monument Creek
- Camp Creek/31st Street channels (largest burn area of these basins flowing to the City) that drains through Queens Canyon, through Glen Eyrie, Garden of the Gods, Rockledge Ranch and 31st Street channel, and discharging to Fountain Creek
- Dry Creek through Peregrine and Rockrimmon, in a channel running through subdivisions, parallel and south of Woodmen Road, crossing under Rockrimmon Blvd, and discharging to Monument Creek
- Fountain Creek beginning upstream of Manitou Springs then running through Colorado Springs next to Highway 24
- Williams Canyon located west of Manitou Springs and north of Highway 24
- Any moderately to heavily burned areas and areas downstream
- Majestic Drive and Majestic Park
All Colorado private landowners impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire and those downstream should be concerned about the potential of flooding. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) may be able to provide you with assistance. Homeowners Associations and private land owners may call (719) 385-5957 to schedule a NRCS homeowner workshop to help determine the necessary steps for flood mitigation. Please leave your contact information at the number above and you will be contacted. To see if your property or neighborhood is in a flood risk area, view the Waldo Canyon Fire: Post Fire Flood Risk Map.
Flash Flood Information:
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) - Provided by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) - Note: The deadline to apply for DUA benefits is August 8, 2012.
- Pikes Peak United Way asks that people do not call 211 or their direct line, please call (719) 955-0742, for non-emergent purposes.
- Wildland investigators are seeking the public's help in tracking down possible leads into the exact cause. U.S. Forest Service investigators ask that anyone who was in the Waldo Canyon area around the time the fire started, which was sometime before noon Saturday, June 24, 2012; call (719) 477-4205.
- El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Citizens Service Center; 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. The phone number is (719) 444-8300. Here is a list of services provided by the Disaster Recovery Center.
- Colorado Division of Insurance (DORA) website devoted to helping residents begin to deal with insurance issues.
- For children: If your home was destroyed by the Waldo Canyon Fire you can contact Smokey Bear and the United States Forest Service at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations and Volunteering:
- The local Red Cross can be reached at (719) 632-3563. Those wanting to donate money can go to http://www.redcross.org.
- Those wanting to offer assistance can view the following two websites: Help Colorado Now Website and The Salvation Army Website - Colorado Springs.
- Non-perishable food and water donations can be taken to Care and Share, located on 2605 Preamble Point, from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Walgreens had teamed up with Care and Share; all locations are now accepting donations during business hours.
- Donations can also be taken to any Goodwill location in Colorado Springs.
- The Pikes Peak Community Foundation has established the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund: http://www.ppcf.org/.
Health & Safety During Cleanup:
Your Emotions After The Fire - Mental Health Resources:
Livestock and Horses after the Fire:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Wildfire Resources:
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