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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.

Flooding potential from the Waldo Canyon fire

This map shows the probability of a flood in the highlighted areas before the Waldo Canyon fire. The areas shaded in orange are at risk from a 100-year flood. The areas shaded in green are at risk from a 500-year flood. Experts say the possible severity of flooding could be worse because of the fire. Zooming in on an area reveals pins placed at likely flood points.
— Interactive Graphic by Chris Hickerson, The Gazette

Map Key

  •      Pre-Wildfire 1% chance of flooding
  •      Pre-Wildfire 0.2% chance of flooding
  • Potential flood points