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May 11, 2013 12:47 AM by Eric Ross

Colorado Springs flood zone maps available for free to the public

You may be living in an area at high risk for devastating floods and not even know it. All week long, News 5 has been warning you about possible flooding this spring and summer.

The City of Colorado Springs now provides easy access for anyone to check the flood zone risk for their home or business.

"The blue areas mean you are in a 100 year flood plan," Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Highlett said. "This means you have a 1 in 100 chance of having a flood in a normal setting. Green areas mean you have a 1 in 500 chance."

Ute Pass, the Mountain Shadows and Rockrimmon neighborhoods are a few flood risk hotspots. Parts of downtown and Motor City are on the radar too. Surprisingly, folks living in and around flood zones haven't seen the maps before.

"I think it's a true concern and we should heed a warning every time they talk about a possible flash flood," resident Dawn Sommers said.

The City says these maps may not be 100-percent accurate following the Waldo Canyon fire. However, they should be able to give folks a pretty clear idea of where they stand in relation to flood zones.

To view the maps, visit http://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=4498

 

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