<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - flood]]> http://gazette.com/rss/flood Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:06:29 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Could El Paso County disaster policy be endangering lives and property?]]> http://gazette.com/could-el-paso-county-disaster-policy-be-endangering-lives-and-property/article/1554582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/could-el-paso-county-disaster-policy-be-endangering-lives-and-property/article/1554582?custom_click=rss

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 of federal dollars to fix the creek through an obscure government program that funnels money to private land owners. For counties with post-wildfire flooding, the money is coveted for its flexibility to help homeowners such as Kinischtzke, whose private property flooding could have major impacts on homes, public infrastructure and watersheds around him.



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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 of federal dollars to fix the creek through an obscure government program that funnels money to private land owners. For counties with post-wildfire flooding, the money is coveted for its flexibility to help homeowners such as Kinischtzke, whose private property flooding could have major impacts on homes, public infrastructure and watersheds around him.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:27:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Analysis: Tracking the money spent on disaster recovery in the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/analysis-tracking-the-money-spent-on-disaster-recovery-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1554583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analysis-tracking-the-money-spent-on-disaster-recovery-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1554583?custom_click=rss

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 projects and landscape restoration projects, to massive debris nets and catchment basins, and in some cases to private citizens to help with immediate needs, such as buying food. The money covered tree removal and counseling services, firefighting costs and salaries.

There is no single database tracking the money that Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Manitou Springs received.



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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 projects and landscape restoration projects, to massive debris nets and catchment basins, and in some cases to private citizens to help with immediate needs, such as buying food. The money covered tree removal and counseling services, firefighting costs and salaries.

There is no single database tracking the money that Colorado Springs, El Paso County and Manitou Springs received.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:10:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Manitou takes a step to move city hall out of harm's way]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-takes-a-step-to-move-city-hall-out-of-harms-way/article/1554259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-takes-a-step-to-move-city-hall-out-of-harms-way/article/1554259?custom_click=rss

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 additions and revisions after officials examine it, she said.

The grant would also have to pass through Manitou's City Council and mayor, if awarded, to ensure that the city would accept responsibility for a required 25 percent match. Cobau said the city hopes the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will help with the match.

City Hall is at 606 Manitou Ave.



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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 additions and revisions after officials examine it, she said.

The grant would also have to pass through Manitou's City Council and mayor, if awarded, to ensure that the city would accept responsibility for a required 25 percent match. Cobau said the city hopes the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will help with the match.

City Hall is at 606 Manitou Ave.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:37:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Homeowners of 10 properties condemned in wake of disasters play waiting game]]> http://gazette.com/homeowners-of-10-properties-condemned-in-wake-of-disasters-play-waiting-game/article/1554150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/homeowners-of-10-properties-condemned-in-wake-of-disasters-play-waiting-game/article/1554150?custom_click=rss

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 water rising. Even after Moore's grandfather built a portion of the home over the creek, the story remained the same - "The creek could handle it," Moore said. Flood waters coursed down the creek in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, but always the creek could handle it.

But when the September 2013 floods hit Colorado, Cheyenne Creek could handle it no more.



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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 water rising. Even after Moore's grandfather built a portion of the home over the creek, the story remained the same - "The creek could handle it," Moore said. Flood waters coursed down the creek in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, but always the creek could handle it.

But when the September 2013 floods hit Colorado, Cheyenne Creek could handle it no more.

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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 07:42:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Section of Arkansas River trail closed in Cañon City, repairs could take months]]> http://gazette.com/section-of-arkansas-river-trail-closed-in-caon-city-repairs-could-take-months/article/1554134?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/section-of-arkansas-river-trail-closed-in-caon-city-repairs-could-take-months/article/1554134?custom_click=rss 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 sections of the river trail also are inundated by about six to eight inches of water, but they fall within the closed section. The bluff trail and the interior cross trails are open.

Jim Hoar, executive director of the Cañon City Area Recreation & Park District said the trail developed a crack on Monday, because of settling of the wall.



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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 sections of the river trail also are inundated by about six to eight inches of water, but they fall within the closed section. The bluff trail and the interior cross trails are open.

Jim Hoar, executive director of the Cañon City Area Recreation & Park District said the trail developed a crack on Monday, because of settling of the wall.

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:29:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Lake Pueblo park waterlogged heading into busiest weekend of the year]]> http://gazette.com/lake-pueblo-park-waterlogged-heading-into-busiest-weekend-of-the-year/article/1554078?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lake-pueblo-park-waterlogged-heading-into-busiest-weekend-of-the-year/article/1554078?custom_click=rss

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 the ramps.”

Father’s Day weekend is typically the time of year when Lake Pueblo sees its heaviest use.

But high flows on the Arkansas River upstream of the dam, coupled with flood restrictions that restrict downstream releases have swollen water levels, flooding roads and parking areas.

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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 the ramps.”

Father’s Day weekend is typically the time of year when Lake Pueblo sees its heaviest use.

But high flows on the Arkansas River upstream of the dam, coupled with flood restrictions that restrict downstream releases have swollen water levels, flooding roads and parking areas.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:15:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Recreation halted on stretch of S. Platte River, campgrounds closed, highways threatened by flooding]]> http://gazette.com/recreation-halted-on-stretch-of-s.-platte-river-campgrounds-closed-highways-threatened-by-flooding/article/1553954?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recreation-halted-on-stretch-of-s.-platte-river-campgrounds-closed-highways-threatened-by-flooding/article/1553954?custom_click=rss

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 first full weekends expected to be sunny and dry in a long time.

The sheriff's offices in Douglas and Jefferson counties have closed the South Platte River and its North Fork until further notice "out of an abundance of caution," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office wrote in a news release issued Wednesday evening. The river is closed to all recreation, including swimming, rafting, fishing, kayaking and tubing, from the Jefferson and Park county



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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 first full weekends expected to be sunny and dry in a long time.

The sheriff's offices in Douglas and Jefferson counties have closed the South Platte River and its North Fork until further notice "out of an abundance of caution," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office wrote in a news release issued Wednesday evening. The river is closed to all recreation, including swimming, rafting, fishing, kayaking and tubing, from the Jefferson and Park county

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:30:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Damage review underway after Colorado levee breach]]> http://gazette.com/damage-review-underway-after-colorado-levee-breach/article/1553940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/damage-review-underway-after-colorado-levee-breach/article/1553940?custom_click=rss

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 halted rail traffic along the busy northeastern corridor while inspectors wait for up to 10 inches of water to recede from the tracks.

Washington County emergency manager Michael McCaleb said the area has seen flooding for the past month because of heavy rains upstream along the South Platte River, and evacuation notices were sent out to a small number of homes in the area because of concern that emergency vehicles could not reach them because



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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 halted rail traffic along the busy northeastern corridor while inspectors wait for up to 10 inches of water to recede from the tracks.

Washington County emergency manager Michael McCaleb said the area has seen flooding for the past month because of heavy rains upstream along the South Platte River, and evacuation notices were sent out to a small number of homes in the area because of concern that emergency vehicles could not reach them because

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:28:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Flood advisory for northeast El Paso County, Black Forest burn scar expires]]> http://gazette.com/flood-advisory-for-northeast-el-paso-county-black-forest-burn-scar-expires/article/1553905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flood-advisory-for-northeast-el-paso-county-black-forest-burn-scar-expires/article/1553905?custom_click=rss

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 at 8:07 p.m. Tuesday as heavy thunderstorms moved into the area.

Flood warnings also were issued for the Arkansas River in Canon City, Nepesta, Fowler, Avondale and La Junta. The warnings for La Junta and Avondale are in effect until further notice. For Nepesta and Canon City, the warning is in effect until late Wednesday evening or until canceled, and for Fowler from Wednesday morning to Thursday night, or until canceled.



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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 at 8:07 p.m. Tuesday as heavy thunderstorms moved into the area.

Flood warnings also were issued for the Arkansas River in Canon City, Nepesta, Fowler, Avondale and La Junta. The warnings for La Junta and Avondale are in effect until further notice. For Nepesta and Canon City, the warning is in effect until late Wednesday evening or until canceled, and for Fowler from Wednesday morning to Thursday night, or until canceled.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:34:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Eleven Mile Canyon, campground closed by rising water]]> http://gazette.com/eleven-mile-canyon-campground-closed-by-rising-water/article/1553897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eleven-mile-canyon-campground-closed-by-rising-water/article/1553897?custom_click=rss

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 evacuation will effect about 12 Pike National Forest campgrounds and picnic areas; water is expected to flow over Forest Service Road 96 later Tuesday, according to the release.

The public also is advised to stay away from the South Platte River, due to risks associated with high water levels.

"This is a precautionary evacuation as the road access into the campgrounds could become inundated with water, either at some point tonight or in



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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 evacuation will effect about 12 Pike National Forest campgrounds and picnic areas; water is expected to flow over Forest Service Road 96 later Tuesday, according to the release.

The public also is advised to stay away from the South Platte River, due to risks associated with high water levels.

"This is a precautionary evacuation as the road access into the campgrounds could become inundated with water, either at some point tonight or in

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:13:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado town evacuated after South Platte River levee breaches]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-town-evacuated-after-south-platte-river-levee-breaches/article/1553851?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-town-evacuated-after-south-platte-river-levee-breaches/article/1553851?custom_click=rss

About 20 people have been evacuated from the small Eastern Pains town of Messex after a levee along the South Platte River breached Monday morning.

The breach was reported at about 7 a.m. on Monday by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad officials who have undertaken infrastructure protection along area tracks.

An emergency evacuation order is in effect for 15 homes in the Washington County town about 110 miles northeast of Denver.



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About 20 people have been evacuated from the small Eastern Pains town of Messex after a levee along the South Platte River breached Monday morning.

The breach was reported at about 7 a.m. on Monday by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad officials who have undertaken infrastructure protection along area tracks.

An emergency evacuation order is in effect for 15 homes in the Washington County town about 110 miles northeast of Denver.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:21:16 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County adds four Cascade homes to buyout plan]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-adds-four-cascade-homes-to-buyout-plan/article/1553814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-adds-four-cascade-homes-to-buyout-plan/article/1553814?custom_click=rss El Paso County has added four homes to a list of Ute Pass properties it hopes to buy, just weeks before it plans to finalize the buyouts of another four flood-endangered homes near Cascade.

For nearly two years, the county has tried to secure federal and state funding to finance the purchase of four homes that could be washed away by floodwaters coursing off the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar.

With the final piece of federal funding approved, Brian Olson, the sales and use tax administrator for the county who has been managing the deals, plans to present the buyout plans to the commissioners on June 30, Olson said Monday.

Once the county commissioners have approved the plans, the county can move ahead with purchasing the

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For nearly two years, the county has tried to secure federal and state funding to finance the purchase of four homes that could be washed away by floodwaters coursing off the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar.

With the final piece of federal funding approved, Brian Olson, the sales and use tax administrator for the county who has been managing the deals, plans to present the buyout plans to the commissioners on June 30, Olson said Monday.

Once the county commissioners have approved the plans, the county can move ahead with purchasing the]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 04:10:30 -0600