Jan 29, 2013 8:27 PM by Andy Koen

Flood mitigation meeting underway

COLORADO SPRINGS - Hundreds of homeowners living downhill of the Waldo Canyon Burn Area have filled the sanctuary of the Front Range Alliance Church to hear from emergency managers about the work being done to mitigate the increased flood risk this spring.

That risk increased by 350 percent as a result of the changing landscape in the burn area. Even moderate rain storms classified as 10 year events can cause the same damage as severe 100 year storms.

The city has revived a grant of 100,000 new sand bags and is planning a second sand bag distribution day.

Emergency manager Brett Waters said they had hoped to receive more, but supplies have been stained by demand from Hurricane Sandy.


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Falcon school fights to save student's life

FALCON- Aden Knar, a third grade student at Falcon Virtual Academy, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His school, Falcon Virtual Academy, will host a bone marrow donor drive tomorrow to help find a match Aden. Knar, 10, was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and entered remission in 2008. In November 2013, the Knar family learned that the leukemia had returned, and is now isolated in his bone marrow. In an outreach of support, Falcon Virtual Academy hosted a bone marrow donor drive in January, and will be hosting another tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6113 Constitution Ave., directly west of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We wanted to reach out to the family again," said Jodi Fletcher, assistant principal. Fletcher explained that more than 250 people participated in the January drive, and she hopes to have similar numbers April 19. The money from a bake sale at the drive, and a portion of the proceeds raised from a spring formal...

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