Walsenburg prepares for flash flooding

Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 17:00:20-04

WALSENBURG – Residents here will hear the blaring of a newly-installed flash flood warning siren at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13.  Local emergency officials made the announcement Wednesday, April 4 at a public meeting on flash flood preparedness in advance of the near-certainty of flash flooding from the nearby Spring Fire burn scar during the upcoming thunderstorm season.

The siren will only be tested once, Mayor Dennis Hoyt said, so that residents don’t become accustomed to false-alarm tests and recognize the urgency of the siren if and when it blares.  Dozens of Walsenburg residents attended the meeting at the historic Fox Theater downtown.

A 100-year flood event is likely within the next six years, according to Huerfano County Administrator John Galusha, potentially damaging or destroying as many as 670 homes and dozens of businesses within Walsenburg city limits.

CLICK HERE for a link to flood-related resources for Huerfano County residents.