Colorado

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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