Forecasters say the storm over the Waldo Canyon burn scar yesterday that produced flash flooding through Williams Canyon was quick-moving and dropped six-tenths of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.

Manitou Springs city officials were quick to praise education efforts and first-responder cooperation, but Police Chief Joe [...]

Continue Reading

.6 of an inch of rain in 15 minutes caused flash flooding yesterday, sending debris onto Highway 24, temporarily closing some roads, and damaging about 20 homes.

Continue Reading

Highway 24 was briefly closed today due to a mudslide and debris in the roadway. The El Paso County Sheriff’s office is reporting that 20 homes have been damaged, 6-8 of them significantly. No injuries reported. Colorado Ave and Manitou Ave are reopening. Canon Ave at Park remains closed at the control of Manitou Springs Police Department. MSPD is the lead agency for the remainder of the incident.

Continue Reading

Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and El Paso County officials released a new preliminary flash flood risk analysis today for areas in and near the Waldo Canyon burn scar. The report models a specific rain event that has about a 10% chance of occurring in any given year. Patty Baxter with the El Paso County Office [...]

Continue Reading

The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is offering another round of free sandbags today to residents affected by potential flooding, starting at 5 PM.

Continue Reading

Colorado Springs City Council yesterday voted to spend $10 million from the city savings account to lessen the risk of catastrophic fire and flooding following last year’s Waldo Canyon fire. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

Continue Reading

Residents of Mountain Shadows and others are invited to an informational meeting Tuesday, May 7th. The meeting is expected to address updated information regarding the increased flood risk and the city’s planned response to a potential flash flooding. Presenters are planning to spend the first half focusing specifically on risk in the Mountain Shadows [...]

Continue Reading

Dr. David Rosgen of Wildland Hydrology presented a regional study yesterday, looking at how water, sediment, and debris is predicted to flow along the Waldo Canyon burn scar. It’s called a Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply, or WARSSS. During the presentation, Rosgen said it’ll take the better part of a century [...]

Continue Reading

El Paso County officials have rescheduled its Flood Preparedness Town Hall for residents of Chipita Park and Cascade for Monday, April 22 at Ute Pass Elementary at 6:30 PM. This comes after Tuesday’s planned meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.

You can watch a video of Monday night’s Flood Preparedness Town Hall below [...]

Continue Reading

With an increased flood risk in areas in and near the Waldo Canyon burn scar, county and city officials in the Pikes Peak region are holding a series of meetings to help keep residents informed of alert systems, mitigation efforts, and how they can prepare for the upcoming flood season. KRCC’s Hannah Sohl recently [...]

Continue Reading

Tonight’s flood preparedness meeting at Ute Pass Elementary for residents of Chipita Park and Cascade has been postponed due to the weather. County officials are working to reschedule the session. Click inside for a list of currently scheduled meetings.

Continue Reading

The Pikes Peak Region is focusing on flood preparations for residents of El Paso County and Colorado Springs near the Waldo Canyon burn area. KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz has more.

Continue Reading

Know Your Flood Map!

On March 27, 2013 By

If you live anywhere near the Waldo Canyon Burn areas or any of our many creeks and drainages west of downtown Colorado Springs, you will definitely want to read J. Adrian Stanley’s article “Why Flooding Off the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar Will Be Fierce” in last week’s issue of The Colorado Springs [...]

Continue Reading

The story of wildfire doesn’t end after the flames are gone. Wide ranging effects are ongoing such as the the possibility of flooding, victims’ recovery efforts, changes to building codes and more.

Continue Reading

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet visited the site of flood mitigation efforts at the burned Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs today to highlight the need for emergency watershed protection funding after last year’s devastating fire season. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

Continue Reading

Flood Preparedness Meeting

On January 28, 2013 By

Colorado Springs’ Emergency Management department will discuss flooding at a resident preparedness meeting tomorrow night.

Continue Reading

Colorado Springs’ recovery manager for the Waldo Canyon Fire asked the city council at its informal meeting Monday to help pay for a hydrology study aimed at understanding flood risks across the burn area. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

Continue Reading

Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is spearheading what he says is the largest voter registration effort in state history ahead of the October 9th deadline to register to vote…About 500 sandbags are still available for homeowners who could be affected by flooding after the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Continue Reading

Colorado Springs voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved plans to lease city-owned Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health…Residents in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area looking to purchase flood insurance should do so before September 8th in order to take advantage of a waiting-period waiver…Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton was recently chosen to build and operate the next Mars Spacecraft.

Continue Reading

Time is running out for residents living in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area to take advantage of a flood insurance waiting-period waiver…Pueblo City Council is set to consider extending city benefits to same-sex domestic partnerships, the Pueblo Chieftain reports.

Continue Reading

Time is running out for Waldo Canyon residents to take advantage of the flood insurance waiver.

Continue Reading

Colorado Springs’ Office of Emergency Management is hosting a resident preparedness meeting Thursday evening, focusing on updated information and current flood related issues. Read more for the full press release.

Continue Reading

Rainfall this week over the Waldo Canyon burn scar has prompted flooding alerts and warnings throughout the Pikes Peak region, and even closed Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs for much of Monday night….Colorado to take center stage in presidential politics.

Continue Reading

News

Getty Images
November 21, 2014 | NPR · Four of them become the first Yemeni detainees to be transferred since 2010. There are still 143 men at the American prison in Guantanamo.
 

November 21, 2014 | NPR · The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it’s part of our most basic wiring.
 

NPR
November 21, 2014 | NPR · A woman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland said she’d love to make and sell Susan Stamberg’s mother-in-law’s famous cranberry relish. Naturally, Stamberg had to inspect the operation and try it out.
 

Arts & Life

NPR
November 21, 2014 | NPR · A woman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland said she’d love to make and sell Susan Stamberg’s mother-in-law’s famous cranberry relish. Naturally, Stamberg had to inspect the operation and try it out.
 

November 20, 2014 | NPR · Robert Siegel remembers director and film icon Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at 83.
 

November 20, 2014 | NPR · In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
November 20, 2014 | NPR · An opera nominated for a Latin Grammy explores Mexico’s current political climate. It’s based on a fictional bandida who continues to inspire fear and admiration along the border.
 

Courtesy of the artist
November 20, 2014 | WXPN · KRVS’ Diego Martin makes the Cajun-Latin connection for World Cafe.
 

WXPN
November 20, 2014 | WXPN · The band plays a revved-up version of Cajun music, injected with punk energy and psychedelic fuzz.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab