Updated: April 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm
Here''s a look at fire, flooding by the numbers
Black Forest fire
- Started June 11, 2013
- Fully contained June 20, 2013
- 14,280 acres burned
- 2 deaths (Marc and Robin Herklotz)
- 488 homes destroyed
- More than 38,000 people evacuated
Cost: More than $9.8 million to fight
Insured loss: More than $292 million
Waldo Canyon fire
- Started June 23, 2012
- Fully contained July 10, 2012
- 18,247 acres burned
- 2 deaths (William and Barbara Everett)
- 347 homes destroyed
- More than 32,000 people evacuated
Cost: More than $16 million to fight
Insured loss: More than $453 million
- Started June 8, 2002
- Fully contained July 2, 2002
- 138,114 acres burned
- 133 homes destroyed
- No deaths
- More than 5,000 people evacuated
Cost: More than $40 million to fight
Insured loss: More than $38 million
July 1, 2013, flash flood near Manitou Springs
In Williams Canyon: About 0.6 inches of rain fell on the Waldo Canyon burn scar in about 10 minutes (rate of 3.5 inches per hour).
In Waldo Canyon: About 0.4 inches fell in about 10 minutes.
- No deaths
July 10, 2013, flash flood near Manitou Springs
In Williams Canyon: About 0.5 inches of rain fell in less than 30 minutes.
In Waldo Canyon: About 1 inch fell in about 30 minutes.
- No deaths
Aug. 9, 2013, flash flood near Manitou Springs
In Williams Canyon: About 1.6 inches of rain fell in about 30 minutes.
In Waldo Canyon: About 1.5 inches fell in about a 30 minutes.
- One death (John Collins of Divide)
Sept. 11-15, 2013, floods along the Front Range
- Rain fell along the Front Range from El Paso County to the Wyoming border for about five days
- Rate of rainfall was less than a half-inch per hour
- Parts of 11 counties, including El Paso, reported double-digit rainfall on Sept. 12, the heaviest day of the storm
- 10 deaths (including three in El Paso County)
2013 Colorado floods
17,994 damaged homes
2,000 homes destroyed
30 bridges destroyed
2,380 square miles affected
The National Weather Service says 2 inches of rain per hour will cause flash flooding off a burn scar, while 5 inches of rain per hour will cause major flash flooding.
Flood mitigation by the U.S. Forest Service in the Waldo Canyon burn area (as of April 3)
- 55 sediment detention basins constructed
- More than 8.2 miles of stream channels have been reshaped
- About 17,500 feet of log erosion barriers have been laid along steep, burned-out slopes
- 15 culverts have been installed
- As of March 3 the Federal Emergency Management Agency gave out more than $62 million in assistance related to the 2013 floods (more than $1.7 million went to victims in El Paso County).
- 18 Colorado counties were designated for federal assistance related to the September 2013 floods.
- The city of Colorado Springs has given out about 50,000 sandbags for flood protection since June 2012.
- An estimated 9,000 burned hazard trees need to be removed from the sides of county roads and in parks in Black Forest.
- There are about 278,300 El Paso County residents in wildfire "red zones" - areas at elevated risk.
- There are about 21,120 El Paso County residents living in the flood plain.
- There are 9,600 El Paso County homes in the flood plain
- The city of Colorado Springs has received $4.6 million in grants to fund wildfire mitigation. The city has applied for another $445,000.
- Since 2010, Colorado Springs has completed wildfire mitigation on about 4,800 acres. Mitigation is ongoing on another 513 acres in the city.