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Aug 10, 2013 8:20 PM by Joanna Wise

Manitou Springs begins cleanup

A community effort is underway, as residents and even people from surrounding cities came together to help out Manitou Springs after last night's destructive flooding.

Sometimes, after so much destruction and loss, a sliver of hope still prevails. Today, that sliver stretched across the heart of historic Manitou Springs, as volunteers and workers came together.

"This is a tight knit community. Everyone's pitching in to get us back in business fast." says Ben Kuckel, President of the Manitou Springs Art Council.

This is a town typically known for its picturesque setting, nestled right on the foothills of Pikes Peak. But in a matter of hours it transformed into a mud-filled junk yard.

On any other day, the volunteers would be hungry customers, waiting for their order, but today, they've traded in their utensils for shovels.

Chuck Murphy build Adam's Mountain Cafe more than a decade ago.

He says he's never seen the community come together like this.

"Well, it's unbelievable that the community responds so quickly. I was here at 5 o' clock this morning and people were already coming with wheel barrels and shovels and brooms. "

Murphy says this is what community is all about- when little girls in pink and furry boots aren't afraid to get a little muddy.

6-year-old Noa Kiser has been helping out in front of Adam's Mountain Cafe since 8 o'clock in the morning.

"I was helping, helping them so that they could have the cafe again so that everybody can have tea," she says.

It's things like that, that makes Murphy believe, in time, everything will be okay.
"The city is resilient. The real tragedy is that there's been a loss of life; everything else we can build, but you can't replace a life."

People in the area says the last thing they want is for the aftermath of this devastating flood to affect the town's tourism; it's something Manitou Springs relies on. If you want to help, stop by the restaurants and shops currently still open for business.



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