<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - flood]]> http://gazette.com/rss/flood Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:43:58 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Pueblo included in presidential disaster declaration]]> http://gazette.com/pueblo-included-in-presidential-disaster-declaration/article/1555822?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-included-in-presidential-disaster-declaration/article/1555822?custom_click=rss Pueblo County has been named in President Barack Obama's disaster declaration, allowing the county to receive federal funds to recover from spring floods.

Pueblo County announced Friday that it would be eligible for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grant programs for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by disaster.

Flooding severely affected parts of Pueblo County from May 4 to June 16, the county wrote in a press release.

"We look forward to and will be working closely with FEMA representative and other federal funding sources to repair the damages to our communities that were impacted by the spring storms," Sheriff Kirk Taylor said in the release.



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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:33:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Federal disaster declaration issued for spring flooding in Colorado counties]]> http://gazette.com/federal-disaster-declaration-issued-for-spring-flooding-in-colorado-counties/article/1555739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/federal-disaster-declaration-issued-for-spring-flooding-in-colorado-counties/article/1555739?custom_click=rss

President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration Thursday for 11 Colorado counties that were heavily damaged by more than a month of unprecedented rain this spring.

The declaration ensures that millions of dollars will reach the counties - including El Paso - but the funds are still several steps away from hitting county coffers, said Randy Welch, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which distributes the money. An initial damage assessment by FEMA determined if counties were eligible for the declaration, but another assessment must be done to identify how much each project will need, Welch said.

"We go out in joint teams again and look at the damage," he said on Thursday.



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:59:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Insurance issues arising from disasters bring little regulatory change to Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/insurance-issues-arising-from-disasters-bring-little-regulatory-change-to-colorado/article/1555296?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insurance-issues-arising-from-disasters-bring-little-regulatory-change-to-colorado/article/1555296?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Division of Insurance, the regulatory agency charged with protecting consumers, has emerged from years of wildfires and floods with few tools to help it track market health in the state, and remains relatively powerless.

Colorado residents are more or less where they were three years ago, before a spate of wildfires around the state - on their own, with few laws preventing insurance companies from canceling or not renewing insurance policies due to wildfire risk.

Meanwhile, other disaster-wracked states adopted laws that allow regulators to track the state of homeowner insurance policies.

Colorado's division relies on license fees and insurance premium taxes to fill its budget, making it dependent on the



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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:29:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Search suspended for man who possibly fell into Colorado Springs creek]]> http://gazette.com/search-suspended-for-man-who-possibly-fell-into-colorado-springs-creek/article/1555344?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/search-suspended-for-man-who-possibly-fell-into-colorado-springs-creek/article/1555344?custom_click=rss

The search for a man who reportedly went into Sand Creek on Thursday night - possibly on purpose - was suspended at 7 p.m. Friday, according to a Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman.

The last search technique attempted was a K-9 unit. There are no missing persons reports matching the description with Colorado Springs police, the Fire Department said.

The Fire Department's mobile command center was set up at Sierra High School and started the search for a 6-foot-tall man whom a homeowner saw go in the creek around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Based on the witness' statements, the man may have gone into the water intentionally despite it essentially being a flash flood zone, said Capt. Steve Oswald, a spokesman for the Fire

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]]> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 04:10:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Handful of El Paso County roads remain closed due to rain damage]]> http://gazette.com/handful-of-el-paso-county-roads-remain-closed-due-to-rain-damage/article/1555343?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/handful-of-el-paso-county-roads-remain-closed-due-to-rain-damage/article/1555343?custom_click=rss

Heavy rain through Thursday night washed out or flooded several roads in El Paso County, and many remain closed Friday.

The county posted a list Friday morning of sodden roads closed because of flooding or damage.

Pinto Pony Road was the most severely damaged road in the county, according to a release, and the county is working to allow temporary access for its residents via a connected road, Chief Road.

The county has been working for years to find a solution to flooding in this area, the release continued, and a three-year engineering study of Falcon Basin determined that a sediment collection basin and an engineered drainage channel would provide relief.



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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:05:06 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County included in Colorado request for presidential disaster declaration]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-included-in-colorado-request-for-presidential-disaster-declaration/article/1555298?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-included-in-colorado-request-for-presidential-disaster-declaration/article/1555298?custom_click=rss

The state of Colorado has submitted a list of flood damage assessments to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in the hopes of securing a presidential disaster declaration, and millions of dollars of recovery funding.

FEMA will review the assessments of damages for 11 counties, including El Paso County, which sustained an estimated $24 million in damage during record-breaking spring rains.

After FEMA's review, the package goes to the White House, which will decide on the declaration, said fEMA spokesman Jerry DeFelice.

El Paso County sustained the most damage of all 11 counties. The other counties are Baca, Elbert, Fremont, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma.



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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:36:19 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County approves funds to buy flood-endangered homes in Cascade]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-approves-funds-to-buy-flood-endangered-homes-in-cascade/article/1555225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-approves-funds-to-buy-flood-endangered-homes-in-cascade/article/1555225?custom_click=rss

After years of waiting for federal funding to come through, El Paso County on Tuesday approved funds to buy four Ute Pass homes in danger of being destroyed by flood water.

The process to purchase the homes began in 2012, after the Waldo Canyon fire denuded more than 18,000 acres of forest land, causing severe flooding every summer since for residents in Cascade. El Paso County identified several homes that would eventually be claimed by floods, and four of those homeowners agreed to be bought out.

The process has been frustrating for many, including Tom Harris, whose home on Topeka Avenue nearly straddles a stream bed created by the flooding. Harris has waited anxiously to hear if funding would be approved to buy his home.

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