<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - waldo%20fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/waldo%20fire Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:15:05 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs watershed will finally get restoration plan]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-watershed-will-finally-get-restoration-plan/article/1549766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-watershed-will-finally-get-restoration-plan/article/1549766?custom_click=rss A $300,000 state grant will help create a flood restoration plan for the Monument Creek watershed, it was announced Wednesday.

The 2012 Waldo Canyon fire killed two people and destroyed 346 homes in Colorado Springs. It also denuded hillsides, setting the stage for floods in 2013 that hit an area with inadequate stormwater systems. The 2013 Black Forest fire, the worst in Colorado history, compounded the flooding problems.

Since then, every watershed within the Fountain Creek Watershed has had a flood restoration plan started or completed except Monument Creek. It is the only watershed in 927 square miles without a flood restoration plan.

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The 2012 Waldo Canyon fire killed two people and destroyed 346 homes in Colorado Springs. It also denuded hillsides, setting the stage for floods in 2013 that hit an area with inadequate stormwater systems. The 2013 Black Forest fire, the worst in Colorado history, compounded the flooding problems.

Since then, every watershed within the Fountain Creek Watershed has had a flood restoration plan started or completed except Monument Creek. It is the only watershed in 927 square miles without a flood restoration plan.]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:10:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Waldo Canyon burn scar poses flooding threat along U.S. 24]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/waldo-canyon-burn-scar-poses-flooding-threat-along-u.s.-24/article/1549024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/waldo-canyon-burn-scar-poses-flooding-threat-along-u.s.-24/article/1549024?custom_click=rss

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 Transportation has bolstered the major flood points along U.S. 24, the test now is to see how those culverts, basins and nets withstand the storms that hit the Waldo Canyon burn scar in the coming months.

"All of our eyes will just be on those to see if the projects they have done are working," said Lorrie Worthey, the mayor of Green Mountain Falls, a hamlet that faces the burn scar and its worst flooding zones. "It's so unpredictable.



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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 Transportation has bolstered the major flood points along U.S. 24, the test now is to see how those culverts, basins and nets withstand the storms that hit the Waldo Canyon burn scar in the coming months.

"All of our eyes will just be on those to see if the projects they have done are working," said Lorrie Worthey, the mayor of Green Mountain Falls, a hamlet that faces the burn scar and its worst flooding zones. "It's so unpredictable.

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<![CDATA[Cascade residents live in fear of being washed away below Waldo Canyon burn scar]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/cascade-residents-live-in-fear-of-being-washed-away-below-waldo-canyon-burn-scar/article/1548768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cascade-residents-live-in-fear-of-being-washed-away-below-waldo-canyon-burn-scar/article/1548768?custom_click=rss

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, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shellshocked by memories of post-wildfire flooding along Ute Pass. "That's the way our life is up here right now."

After a lifetime in Cascade and 40 years in a home he built himself, the 62-year-old Harris is ready to leave his property on Topeka Avenue at a moment's notice.

Harris is one of four Cascade homeowners whose properties were flagged for being in extreme danger from floodwaters coursing off the Waldo Canyon burn scar.



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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, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shellshocked by memories of post-wildfire flooding along Ute Pass. "That's the way our life is up here right now."

After a lifetime in Cascade and 40 years in a home he built himself, the 62-year-old Harris is ready to leave his property on Topeka Avenue at a moment's notice.

Harris is one of four Cascade homeowners whose properties were flagged for being in extreme danger from floodwaters coursing off the Waldo Canyon burn scar.

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