• Could El Paso County disaster policy be endangering lives and property?

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    When flood waters blasted Fountain Creek in 2013, longtime farmer Dave Kinischtzke knew more was at stake than his farm - with state utility poles and pipelines crossing his land and an important watershed downstream, Kinischtzke needed to stabilize the swollen creek that ran along his...

  • Analysis: Tracking the money spent on disaster recovery in the Pikes Peak region

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    El Paso County continues to receive millions of federal, state and private funds targeted at disaster recovery. More than $56 million came into the county to help fund recoveries from the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, the 2013 Black Forest fire and the September 2013 floods - all of which...

  • Manitou takes a step to move city hall out of harm's way

    By Ellie mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Manitou Springs officials are trying to land a $25 million federal grant to move City Hall operations to a new building. Built in the laste 1800s, the exisiting facility is in a flood plain, the city's flood recovery manager Shelley Cobau said Monday. A draft of the grant was...

  • Homeowners of 10 properties condemned in wake of disasters play waiting game

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    To recount the history of Gary Moore's childhood home is to recount a history of flooding in El Paso County. The home at 1832 Mt. Washington Ave. was built on Cheyenne Creek in 1909, and since his family bought it in 1946, Moore has watched the creek ebb and flow. Always, through...

  • Section of Arkansas River trail closed in Cañon City, repairs could take months

    By Carie Canterbury, Cañon City Daily Record
    Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    The river trail of the Arkansas Riverwalk in Cañon City between the Sells Trailhead at Ninth Street and Raynolds Bridge is closed because of continued high levels of runoff water and a significant failure of the concrete block retaining wall, west of the Raynolds Bridge. This...

  • Lake Pueblo park waterlogged heading into busiest weekend of the year

    By Chris Woodka, The Pueblo Chieftain
    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Access to several areas of Lake Pueblo is limited as the traditionally busiest weekend for the state park approaches.  “We physically don’t have the capacity for a normal weekend,” said Monique Mullis, park ranger. “We’ve lost half the parking and I’m expecting huge delays at...

  • Recreation halted on stretch of S. Platte River, campgrounds closed, highways threatened by flooding

    By Ellie mulder and Kassondra Cloos The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Heavy rain has closed not only campgrounds and picnic areas in the Pike National Forest and boat ramps in Lake Pueblo State Park, but also a stretch of the South Platte River. Continued rain over swollen rivers and full reservoirs has put a damper on recreation just before one of the...

  • Damage review underway after Colorado levee breach

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    MESSEX — Emergency management officials used four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles to survey the damage on Wednesday after water from the swollen South Platte River in northeastern Colorado inundated homes in the tiny community of Messex after a breach in a levee. High water...

  • Flood advisory for northeast El Paso County, Black Forest burn scar expires

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    A flood advisory that was in effect for northeastern El Paso County expired on schedule at 11 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Pueblo had issued the advisory for the Black Forest burn scar, far northeastern Colorado Springs, Calhan, Ramah, Falcon, Black Forest and Peyton...

  • Eleven Mile Canyon, campground closed by rising water

    By Ellie mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Eleven Mile Canyon and Happy Meadows Campground have been closed until further notice due to flooding, according to a Forest Service release. The levels are increasing because Denver Water is releasing water into the reservoir, which is part of its water system. The closing and...

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