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Danger at our Doorstep

A GUIDE TO PREPARE FOR COLORADO’S DISASTERS

Disasters are a very real part of life in Colorado. Things here burn. And flood. And they slide down mountainsides. And once in a while, things shake. We even get the occasional twister. This special section shows how locals can prepare for disasters that can strike in the Pikes Peak region.

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Waldo Canyon burn scar poses flooding threat along U.S. 24

Life along Ute Pass has settled into a new normal nearly three years after the Waldo Canyon fire, but part of that normal is a waiting game. Since the Colorado Department of...

Disaster Frequently Asked Questions

Get your answers to frequently asked questions in the wake of the floods and wildfires in the region

Flying W chuck-wagon dinners to return to Colorado Springs

The Flying W Ranch plans to rebuild on its old ranch site that was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire and once again serve its chuck-wagon dinners, Executive Director Aaron...

Cascade residents live in fear of being washed away below Waldo Canyon burn scar

Tom Harris never sleeps when it rains in Cascade. He listens to the rain and knows that if he can hear the water coming down the mountain, it's too late. "Two weeks ago,...

Royal Gorge continues comeback from wildfire with opening of tramway, theater

The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park's effort to rebound from a devastating 2013 fire will take a major leap Saturday as it opens a new $4 million tramway and reopens its Plaza Theater.

Volunteer organizations prep for disasters, address strengths and weaknesses

Volunteers are the driving force behind disaster relief and recovery operations across the state, making recruitment, training and preparation an ongoing effort.

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Fire News view all

  • Lightning starts wildfire in Dinosaur Monument in Colorado

    DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT — A wildfire sparked by lightning has burned just under 1 square mile in Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado. Authorities said Monday the fire is burning in grass, brush and Ponderosa pine trees in a remote part of the monument. It was reported Saturday. Ground crews and a helicopter are fighting...

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

    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 property. Kinischtzke was awarded hundreds of thousands...

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

    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 were declared federal disasters. The money went to highway...

  • State's new firefighting aircraft will benefit Colorado Springs' wildfire battles

    Colorado Springs Fire Department Chief Chris Riley counts the state's new firefighting fleet among the department's assets when crews are working to contain dangerous and rapidly spreading wildfires. "We are viewing that as a critical part of our arsenal to combat wildfires," Riley said Tuesday of the fleet, which includes two multimission...

  • Waldo Canyon, Black Forest fire victims see dissimilar outcomes

    It was the worst of fires - and then came another one even worse. It was a fire in a subdivision and then it was one in a wooded, rural community. It was a fire of quick rebuilding and then it was one where the landscape won't return for a generation. The month of June marks the anniversaries of the state's two most destructive wildfires. The...

Flood News view all

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

    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 property. Kinischtzke was awarded hundreds of thousands...

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

    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 were declared federal disasters. The money went to highway...

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

    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 submitted to the state Friday, but it will likely require...

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

    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 flooding brought by heavy rain, the creek could handle the...

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

    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 portion of the Riverwalk is in John Griffin Park. A couple of...

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