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Aug 10, 2013 6:15 PM by Eric Ross

Update: Manitou Springs flooding recovery

The City of Manitou Springs held a press conference Saturday morning to update people on damage totals and the recovery process. It will no doubt be a lengthy road to recovery not only for some businesses, but for folks who lost their entire home.

"At about 5:30 p.m. Friday, we experienced a rain storm that dropped about an inch and a half in a very short period of time," police chief Joe Ribeiro said. "It brought flash floods and damage into Manitou Springs."

Water went over the banks in Fountain Creek, flooding nearby businesses along the strip. Mayor Marc Snyder described this as one of the hardest hit storms to strike Manitou Springs following the Waldo Canyon fire.

"One way to characterize it would be that we had a July 1 Williams Canyon event and a July 10 Waldo Canyon event at the same time and probably on a magnitude of 2 or 3 times as severe as those two previous events," Snyder said.

Kathy Orth couldn't believe what was happening as she watched the disaster unfold on television.

"People's houses were getting washed away and cars were getting swept down the road," she said.

5 homes suffered extensive damage, one of which was completely destroyed after the foundation washed off.

"I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and I had never ever seen anything like this before," Orth said.

People living in this small community are now hoping and praying for a sense of normalcy.

A press conference with updated developments on the recovery efforts will be held at city hall at 8:30 p.m.

News 5 will have a crew on scene and we will bring you the latest information on News 5 at 10 p.m.

 

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