IMPORTANT MEETING REGARDING POST-FIRE FLOOD HAZARDS

On Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., a community meeting will be held at Centennial Hall located at 200 South Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs, to address the growing concern of post-fire flash flooding.

Anyone who has been affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire and those who live in a flood plain are encouraged to attend. Representatives from El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, FEMA and the Regional Floodplain Administrator will be in attendance. Key discussion topics include details about the National Flood Insurance Program and the regional safety brochure.

For the convenience of those attending, the parking garage at 255 Sahwatch Street, located west and just behind Centennial Hall, will be open free of charge from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Residents near Waldo Canyon Fire burn area advised of flooding potential.

Post-fire conditions in the burn area can present two foreseeable risks, debris flow and flooding. Hillsides once protected by vegetation, have been compromised and precipitation will have unknown effects on the landscape, probably for years to come. Therefore, it’s important for homeowners to protect their property themselves. Some steps that can be taken include:

· Seeking flood insurance through your insurance agent. Flooding is not covered by regular homeowner’s policies.

· Hire a specialist (often able to be recommended by your insurance agent) to evaluate your home’s risk.

· If you observe any clogged inlets or other public drainage infrastructure call so it can be cleared to safely pass flood flows.
City- The Street Division at 385-5934
County – The Public Services Department at 520-6891

· Be aware of National Weather Service reports for your area.

Resource for more homeowner information: www.FloodSmart.Gov.

 

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