<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - flood]]> http://gazette.com/rss/flood Thu, 28 May 2015 08:08:06 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Williams Canyon mitigation helps Manitou Springs resident rest easy]]> http://gazette.com/williams-canyon-mitigation-helps-manitou-springs-resident-rest-easy/article/1552647?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/williams-canyon-mitigation-helps-manitou-springs-resident-rest-easy/article/1552647?custom_click=rss

In 2013, flooding trapped Laurie Danin in her Manitou Springs home. She watched as black, thick water, soot from the burn scar mixed into mud, rushed through Williams Canyon and surrounded her house.

Now she worries less when it rains because of mitigation projects that have been done, including the Williams Canyon Flood Control Channel.

"Manitou was changed pretty drastically by these disasters, especially in our neighborhood," Danin said. "With all the rains we've had this May, I think we really would have been flooded if it hadn't been for this project."

Officials agree that projects such as the recently completed channel have lessened the likelihood for disastrous floods coming off the Waldo Canyon burn

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Now she worries less when it rains because of mitigation projects that have been done, including the Williams Canyon Flood Control Channel.

"Manitou was changed pretty drastically by these disasters, especially in our neighborhood," Danin said. "With all the rains we've had this May, I think we really would have been flooded if it hadn't been for this project."

Officials agree that projects such as the recently completed channel have lessened the likelihood for disastrous floods coming off the Waldo Canyon burn]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 04:05:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Side Streets: Colorado Springs homeowners blame city inaction on erosion as yards, fences, decks fall in creek]]> http://gazette.com/side-streets-colorado-springs-homeowners-blame-city-inaction-on-erosion-as-yards-fences-decks-fall-in-creek/article/1551511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/side-streets-colorado-springs-homeowners-blame-city-inaction-on-erosion-as-yards-fences-decks-fall-in-creek/article/1551511?custom_click=rss

During three days of torrential rain, hail and snow last week, next-door neighbors Monika Buckley and Doris Munson stood at their windows and watched in fear as North Rockrimmon Creek, which runs behind their homes, swelled dramatically and their backyards shrank.

Finally, late Saturday, a large chunk of Munson's backyard slid into the creek, dragging with it sections of her fence and huge boulders that once were her retaining wall.

"It kept eroding away and eroding away until it was probably about 5 feet from my deck," Munson said. "I just stood at the window and watched it. I didn't know who to call.



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During three days of torrential rain, hail and snow last week, next-door neighbors Monika Buckley and Doris Munson stood at their windows and watched in fear as North Rockrimmon Creek, which runs behind their homes, swelled dramatically and their backyards shrank.

Finally, late Saturday, a large chunk of Munson's backyard slid into the creek, dragging with it sections of her fence and huge boulders that once were her retaining wall.

"It kept eroding away and eroding away until it was probably about 5 feet from my deck," Munson said. "I just stood at the window and watched it. I didn't know who to call.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 22:30:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper discusses southern Colorado flooding, bills awaiting signature]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-discusses-southern-colorado-flooding-bills-awaiting-signature/article/1552386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-discusses-southern-colorado-flooding-bills-awaiting-signature/article/1552386?custom_click=rss

PUEBLO - Gov. John Hickenlooper pledged to help southern Colorado rebuild flood-damaged roads Friday as he spoke to the powerful Action 22 lobby in Pueblo for a legislative session review.

"We're going to help you in any way we can to get the roads rebuilt, but the water is to be blessed," said Hickenlooper, a former geologist who noted that the slow persistent storms have allowed water to seep 3 feet into the soil.

El Paso and Pueblo counties have applied for a disaster declaration that could bring state resources to help recovery from heavy May rains.

"Those declarations are a reflection of how big the damage is and whether it's concentrated in one place or spread out over a larger area. I haven't seen any of the



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PUEBLO - Gov. John Hickenlooper pledged to help southern Colorado rebuild flood-damaged roads Friday as he spoke to the powerful Action 22 lobby in Pueblo for a legislative session review.

"We're going to help you in any way we can to get the roads rebuilt, but the water is to be blessed," said Hickenlooper, a former geologist who noted that the slow persistent storms have allowed water to seep 3 feet into the soil.

El Paso and Pueblo counties have applied for a disaster declaration that could bring state resources to help recovery from heavy May rains.

"Those declarations are a reflection of how big the damage is and whether it's concentrated in one place or spread out over a larger area. I haven't seen any of the

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Wed, 27 May 2015 22:24:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Rain-damaged Red Rock Canyon could present new problems for Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/rain-damaged-red-rock-canyon-could-present-new-problems-for-colorado-springs/article/1552588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rain-damaged-red-rock-canyon-could-present-new-problems-for-colorado-springs/article/1552588?custom_click=rss

Near-record rainfall this month exposed a potential legal thicket at Red Rock Canyon Open Space that could force emergency action, including trail reroutes, which would add to Colorado Springs' multimillion-dollar repair tab, officials say.

An earthen retention pond in the western Sand Canyon collapsed last week after 10 straight days of rain, unleashing a mud-and-water slurry that damaged parts of two trails and scattered rocks and trees into low-lying areas.

While the flooding was part of what led city officials to close the open space indefinitely, it also drew attention to a little-known legal conundrum that first surfaced with the floods of 2013 - the issue of what appear to be illegal retention ponds.



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Near-record rainfall this month exposed a potential legal thicket at Red Rock Canyon Open Space that could force emergency action, including trail reroutes, which would add to Colorado Springs' multimillion-dollar repair tab, officials say.

An earthen retention pond in the western Sand Canyon collapsed last week after 10 straight days of rain, unleashing a mud-and-water slurry that damaged parts of two trails and scattered rocks and trees into low-lying areas.

While the flooding was part of what led city officials to close the open space indefinitely, it also drew attention to a little-known legal conundrum that first surfaced with the floods of 2013 - the issue of what appear to be illegal retention ponds.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 09:51:10 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest on flooding: 30 people missing in Central Texas]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-on-flooding-30-people-missing-in-central-texas/article/1552534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-on-flooding-30-people-missing-in-central-texas/article/1552534?custom_click=rss

Here's the latest on the flooding in Texas:

Click here to see a photo gallery of the flooding.

1:08 p.m. CDT

Hays County Commissioner Will Conley says there are 30 people unaccounted for after the significant flooding along the Blanco River in Central Texas.

Twelve of those people went missing after their vacation home was swept down the rain-swollen river and slammed into a bridge.

A weekend of torrential rains and flooding destroyed properties in that area of Hays County, which is about 35 miles southwest of Austin.

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12:40 p.m. CDT

Houston emergency management coordinator Rick Flanagan says virtually every part of the city was affected by floodwaters, most notably central and



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Here's the latest on the flooding in Texas:

Click here to see a photo gallery of the flooding.

1:08 p.m. CDT

Hays County Commissioner Will Conley says there are 30 people unaccounted for after the significant flooding along the Blanco River in Central Texas.

Twelve of those people went missing after their vacation home was swept down the rain-swollen river and slammed into a bridge.

A weekend of torrential rains and flooding destroyed properties in that area of Hays County, which is about 35 miles southwest of Austin.

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12:40 p.m. CDT

Houston emergency management coordinator Rick Flanagan says virtually every part of the city was affected by floodwaters, most notably central and

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Tue, 26 May 2015 12:20:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Flood threat eases in northeastern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/flood-threat-eases-in-northeastern-colorado/article/1552500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flood-threat-eases-in-northeastern-colorado/article/1552500?custom_click=rss STERLING — The flood threat in northeastern Colorado has eased for now but Logan County residents are being asked to remain alert because of additional storms expected during the week.

Residents braced for another possible round of flooding Sunday afternoon because of expected heavy rain but Logan County emergency management coordinator Cody Adams says very little precipitation fell. However, authorities did have to rescue a driver who got stuck after passing a barricade on a flooded road near Crook.

After weeks of heavy rain, some residents had to evacuate after the North Sterling Reservoir inlet ditch spilled over its banks but those orders were lifted Sunday. The Colorado Air National Guard found erosion north and



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STERLING — The flood threat in northeastern Colorado has eased for now but Logan County residents are being asked to remain alert because of additional storms expected during the week.

Residents braced for another possible round of flooding Sunday afternoon because of expected heavy rain but Logan County emergency management coordinator Cody Adams says very little precipitation fell. However, authorities did have to rescue a driver who got stuck after passing a barricade on a flooded road near Crook.

After weeks of heavy rain, some residents had to evacuate after the North Sterling Reservoir inlet ditch spilled over its banks but those orders were lifted Sunday. The Colorado Air National Guard found erosion north and

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Mon, 25 May 2015 14:42:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Pueblo County seeks disaster declaration for flood damage]]> http://gazette.com/pueblo-county-seeks-disaster-declaration-for-flood-damage/article/1552420?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-county-seeks-disaster-declaration-for-flood-damage/article/1552420?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Pueblo County says it will seek a disaster declaration after rain and flooding pounded the region over the past three weeks.

The declaration includes a request for help from the government to repair damage to public structures caused by heavy rain and flooding that started May 3.

The county has asked residents to send damage reports to be included in a possible disaster declaration.

The request moves to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who can ask the federal government for a disaster declaration and open the door to federal money to help the region recover.



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DENVER (AP) — Pueblo County says it will seek a disaster declaration after rain and flooding pounded the region over the past three weeks.

The declaration includes a request for help from the government to repair damage to public structures caused by heavy rain and flooding that started May 3.

The county has asked residents to send damage reports to be included in a possible disaster declaration.

The request moves to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who can ask the federal government for a disaster declaration and open the door to federal money to help the region recover.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 11:17:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Saturated ground continues to cause chaos in Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/saturated-ground-continues-to-cause-chaos-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1552361?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saturated-ground-continues-to-cause-chaos-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1552361?custom_click=rss

Sodden from days of rain, another Colorado Springs hillside sagged this week, dislodging two mobile homes and five RVs from their pads shortly after midnight Friday at the A-1 Mobile Village near U.S. 24 on the west side of the city.

Six people and four dogs were evacuated by the Red Cross, said Margery Young, the onsite mobile home park manager.

Two other residents are out of town, Young said.

The hillside at the park, near Highway 24 and 8th Street west of the downtown area, began to crack after about three weeks of heavy rainfall that has left damage throughout the Pikes Peak region and in other parts of the state.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, Colorado Springs had officially recorded 6.95 inches of rain this month,



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Sodden from days of rain, another Colorado Springs hillside sagged this week, dislodging two mobile homes and five RVs from their pads shortly after midnight Friday at the A-1 Mobile Village near U.S. 24 on the west side of the city.

Six people and four dogs were evacuated by the Red Cross, said Margery Young, the onsite mobile home park manager.

Two other residents are out of town, Young said.

The hillside at the park, near Highway 24 and 8th Street west of the downtown area, began to crack after about three weeks of heavy rainfall that has left damage throughout the Pikes Peak region and in other parts of the state.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, Colorado Springs had officially recorded 6.95 inches of rain this month,

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Fri, 22 May 2015 20:41:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Cracked pavement causes El Paso County road closure]]> http://gazette.com/cracked-pavement-causes-el-paso-county-road-closure/article/1552341?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cracked-pavement-causes-el-paso-county-road-closure/article/1552341?custom_click=rss McKay Road off of Old Stage Road, southwest of the Broadmoor Golf Club, was closed Thursday night because of damage that couldn't be evaluated properly in the dark, an El Paso County official said.

A nearby resident reported a crack in the pavement that occurred sometime during the day Thursday, and the county closed the road as a safety precaution, said Max Kirschbaum, operation manager for the county's public services department.

"Especially in conditions of dark like this, we're going to err on the side of caution," Kirschbaum said around 9:30 Thursday night.

"At this point, nobody is at risk and we want to keep it that way.



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McKay Road off of Old Stage Road, southwest of the Broadmoor Golf Club, was closed Thursday night because of damage that couldn't be evaluated properly in the dark, an El Paso County official said.

A nearby resident reported a crack in the pavement that occurred sometime during the day Thursday, and the county closed the road as a safety precaution, said Max Kirschbaum, operation manager for the county's public services department.

"Especially in conditions of dark like this, we're going to err on the side of caution," Kirschbaum said around 9:30 Thursday night.

"At this point, nobody is at risk and we want to keep it that way.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 06:07:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Fremont County Commissioner: The worst flooding she has seen]]> http://gazette.com/fremont-county-commissioner-the-worst-flooding-she-has-seen/article/1552257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fremont-county-commissioner-the-worst-flooding-she-has-seen/article/1552257?custom_click=rss

Fremont County Commissioner Debbie Bell said this is the worst flooding she's seen since she took office in 2010.

"I have seen some other localized damage but nothing as widespread as what we have now," she said.

She said it's too early to know how much it will cost to fix the badly damaged roads.

"However, I know we don't have it in the budget," Bell said.

Bell Oak Creek Grade is reopened and High Park Road could be open later Wednesday. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, CR 132, Phantom Canyon Road and Shelf Road are closed.

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Fremont County Commissioner Debbie Bell said this is the worst flooding she's seen since she took office in 2010.

"I have seen some other localized damage but nothing as widespread as what we have now," she said.

She said it's too early to know how much it will cost to fix the badly damaged roads.

"However, I know we don't have it in the budget," Bell said.

Bell Oak Creek Grade is reopened and High Park Road could be open later Wednesday. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, CR 132, Phantom Canyon Road and Shelf Road are closed.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:26:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs on track to break wet record]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-on-track-to-break-wet-record/article/1552208?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-on-track-to-break-wet-record/article/1552208?custom_click=rss

Note: Some schools are affected by the extremely wet weather, including in Ellicott, where classes are canceled Wednesday. Click here for the entire list of closings and delays.

Even most longtime Colorado Springs residents probably can't remember a wetter, more dreary May.

This month is in the running for wettest May on record, jumping to second place and closing the gap by more than an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday alone.

The last time Colorado Springs got this much precipitation in May, it counted 8.1 inches - in 1935.

Rain continued to hammer the Front Range on Tuesday, breaking weather records, causing and worsening damage to property, trails and roads and giving tourists a false impression of what



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Note: Some schools are affected by the extremely wet weather, including in Ellicott, where classes are canceled Wednesday. Click here for the entire list of closings and delays.

Even most longtime Colorado Springs residents probably can't remember a wetter, more dreary May.

This month is in the running for wettest May on record, jumping to second place and closing the gap by more than an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday alone.

The last time Colorado Springs got this much precipitation in May, it counted 8.1 inches - in 1935.

Rain continued to hammer the Front Range on Tuesday, breaking weather records, causing and worsening damage to property, trails and roads and giving tourists a false impression of what

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Wed, 20 May 2015 07:00:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Bledsoe: Worry more about floods than fires]]> http://gazette.com/bledsoe-worry-more-about-floods-than-fires/article/1552197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bledsoe-worry-more-about-floods-than-fires/article/1552197?custom_click=rss

Southern Colorado rarely receives what is deemed "normal" or "average" weather and rarely plays by the rules when it comes to the season. This is especially true when it comes to precipitation, as it is usually feast or famine.

It looks like we had a great winter in terms of snowfall. Colorado Springs picked up 46.5 inches for the season. That is about 10 inches above average and the most snow we've seen since winter 2000-01. However, most of that snow was confined to an active period of weather in January and February. December was pretty dry, and so were March and early April. In fact, March and early April sparked some concern over the upcoming wildfire season.



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Southern Colorado rarely receives what is deemed "normal" or "average" weather and rarely plays by the rules when it comes to the season. This is especially true when it comes to precipitation, as it is usually feast or famine.

It looks like we had a great winter in terms of snowfall. Colorado Springs picked up 46.5 inches for the season. That is about 10 inches above average and the most snow we've seen since winter 2000-01. However, most of that snow was confined to an active period of weather in January and February. December was pretty dry, and so were March and early April. In fact, March and early April sparked some concern over the upcoming wildfire season.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 04:10:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Rain brings 'mud days' for schools in eastern El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/rain-brings-mud-days-for-schools-in-eastern-el-paso-county/article/1552179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rain-brings-mud-days-for-schools-in-eastern-el-paso-county/article/1552179?custom_click=rss

Practically every school district in Colorado closes for a snow day or two during the school year. But not many declare a mud day.

That's what has happened on the eastern plains in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Miami- Yoder School District JT-60 canceled classes because the roads were just too darn muddy.

"People say, 'That's crazy,' and I say, 'Well, you know, it's just not worth it. We don't want the buses to get stuck,' " Principal Sharon Webb said.

The region's deluge of rain led Webb to call off school about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"The bus drivers said it would take them too long," she said.

Nearly all of the small rural district's 280students are bused from the communities of Rush and Yoder to the school

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That's what has happened on the eastern plains in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Miami- Yoder School District JT-60 canceled classes because the roads were just too darn muddy.

"People say, 'That's crazy,' and I say, 'Well, you know, it's just not worth it. We don't want the buses to get stuck,' " Principal Sharon Webb said.

The region's deluge of rain led Webb to call off school about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"The bus drivers said it would take them too long," she said.

Nearly all of the small rural district's 280students are bused from the communities of Rush and Yoder to the school]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 04:10:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Storms damage to Colorado Springs trails estimated at nearly $3 million]]> http://gazette.com/storms-damage-to-colorado-springs-trails-estimated-at-nearly-3-million/article/1552173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/storms-damage-to-colorado-springs-trails-estimated-at-nearly-3-million/article/1552173?custom_click=rss

Storms that battered Colorado Springs this month delivered the city's parks department its heftiest repair bill in memory, topping the ruinous floods of September 2013.

Parks officials tallied $2.8 million in damage to 19 locations along the Interstate 25 corridor, including trail washouts in Garden of the Gods just as the city's most popular park heads into tourist season. The damage includes trail washouts on the Pikes Peak Greenway, a north-south connector and key component of the city's trail system.

On Tuesday afternoon, Red Rock Canyon Open Space was closed after a dam breach at a pond in a western canyon. Also, the main parking lot was impassable because of mud and standing water. Some trails have been severely eroded

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Parks officials tallied $2.8 million in damage to 19 locations along the Interstate 25 corridor, including trail washouts in Garden of the Gods just as the city's most popular park heads into tourist season. The damage includes trail washouts on the Pikes Peak Greenway, a north-south connector and key component of the city's trail system.

On Tuesday afternoon, Red Rock Canyon Open Space was closed after a dam breach at a pond in a western canyon. Also, the main parking lot was impassable because of mud and standing water. Some trails have been severely eroded]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 18:34:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Incorrectly installed sump pumps cause problem in Colorado Springs neighborhood]]> http://gazette.com/incorrectly-installed-sump-pumps-cause-problem-in-colorado-springs-neighborhood/article/1552172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/incorrectly-installed-sump-pumps-cause-problem-in-colorado-springs-neighborhood/article/1552172?custom_click=rss

Nearly three weeks of constant rain in Colorado Springs have brought to the surface a new problem from homeowners on the westside - incorrectly connected sump pumps.

Heavy rains and the threat of basement flooding might have prompted some residents to install sump pumps, while homes with sump pumps have been kicked into gear. But some incorrectly installed sump pumps in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood, around Colorado Avenue and 31 Street, have caused Colorado Springs Utilities' wastewater lines to overflow with groundwater.

Utilities crews have worked for the last two weeks to remove some water from overloaded wastewater systems before the contaminated water overflows manholes and rushes into the street, said Utilities



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Nearly three weeks of constant rain in Colorado Springs have brought to the surface a new problem from homeowners on the westside - incorrectly connected sump pumps.

Heavy rains and the threat of basement flooding might have prompted some residents to install sump pumps, while homes with sump pumps have been kicked into gear. But some incorrectly installed sump pumps in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood, around Colorado Avenue and 31 Street, have caused Colorado Springs Utilities' wastewater lines to overflow with groundwater.

Utilities crews have worked for the last two weeks to remove some water from overloaded wastewater systems before the contaminated water overflows manholes and rushes into the street, said Utilities

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Tue, 19 May 2015 18:07:00 -0600