The Forest Service team that’s been working to determine burn severity in the Waldo Canyon fire area held a closed-door briefing yesterday with regional and federal groups to talk about flooding potentials. It’s still considered an emergency situation, and as KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, the changed landscape will have an effect for years to [...]

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The Burned Area Emergency Response, or BAER, team held a closed briefing with other regional and federal groups today to talk about flooding potentials in the Waldo Canyon burn area…A lizard is on the loose in Teller County, prompting a reverse 911 call.

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Residents in and near the Waldo Canyon burn areas have been encouraged to purchase flood insurance if they don’t already have it. New federal legislation recently signed into law waives a 30-day waiting period for some new policies to take effect. Meanwhile, a team of scientists has been examining damaged land to understand the [...]

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Representatives from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the US Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the town of Cascade are hosting a town hall meeting tomorrow night (Friday) at 6:30 to provide information to the residents of Cascade, Green Mountain Falls, Chipita Park, and the Highway 24 corridor about the potential dangers of post-fire flooding, proper response in case of a flood event and mitigation efforts. The meeting is at Ute Pass Elementary School in Chipita Park.

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Official press release:

CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY

Exception to 30-day Waiting Period for Flood Insurance Coverage for Private Properties Affected by Flooding on Federal Lands Following the Colorado Wildfires

FEMA Encourages Residents to Purchase Insurance Policies Now July 10, 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced, based on consultation with the U.S. Forest [...]

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The recent Waldo Canyon Fire on the Pike National Forest has changed the watersheds within the burned area and increased the potential for flooding and mudflows that could impact several communities adjacent to and downstream from the Forest.

. Although mudflows can be a frequent occurrence after a wildfire, the effects of the Waldo Canyon [...]

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On Memorial Day, 1935, Colorado Springs suffered its greatest natural disaster when a series of thunderstorms swelled and then burst through the banks of Monument and Fountain creeks. All but one bridge spanning the creek were destroyed, not to mention the many houses and businesses that lay within the flood plain. We used the [...]

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Mother Nature affects us all, and no matter how much we want the weather to remain consistent, it’s always changing. This month, we take a look at weather, climate, and natural disasters in the region, and at least one way in which we’ve changed that which Mother Nature intended.

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