Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:34 PM by Matt Stafford
Updated: Jul 6, 2012 8:09 PM
As the Waldo Canyon Fire gets closer to 100 percent contained, the new threat emerging is possible flash-flooding in the area. Experts with the US Forest Service told a packed room at Centennial Hall Tuesday night that the way the fire has changed the landscape will have an affect on water runoff in the area that could produce floods; also rain is expected in the coming days.
The biggest problem areas seem to be along creeks and streams in Colorado Springs and along Highway 24. Maps were provided at Thursday night's meeting with specific problem areas highlighted; organizers say that map will be posted on SpringsGov.com for residents to get a closer look.
City and county officials along with representatives from FEMA and the Regional Floodplain Manager told residents it was a good idea to get flood insurance policies; they say most home owner's policies don't cover flooding. They suggested talking to your insurance agent or look into the National Flood Insurance Program.
Another piece of advice from local experts at the meeting, and maybe the most important, is to watch weather forecasts carefully for the coming days and months; they say if warnings are issued for your area take shelter immediately. They say if you see water coming it's too late. Organizers point out that the reason for the meeting isn't to scare anyone but instead to have them ready to act if necessary.