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Danger at your Doorstep: Disaster statistics

The Gazette Updated: April 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm 0

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

Hayman fire

- 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

11 deaths

30 bridges destroyed

2,380 square miles affected

Flash flooding

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.

Mitigation work

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

Assistance

- 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.

Risk remains

- 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.

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