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4:49 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center

FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center opens today for residents of El Paso County affected by recent flooding. KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz has more.

The Center takes the place of the city’s recovery facility after the federal Major Disaster Declaration was expanded last week to include El Paso County. FEMA spokeswoman Renee Bafalis calls the Center a “one-stop-shop” that aims to help residents with insurance and medical needs, among other concerns. 

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Capitol Coverage
12:14 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Wildfire Committee Meets

Colorado fire fighters say the state needs to make major changes in order to protect the public from increasingly devastating wildfires. As Bente Birkeland reports, state lawmakers are hoping to tackle the issue during the next legislative session.

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Pueblo
8:12 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Testing for Toxins in Pueblo

Testing for lead and arsenic exposure is underway for a sampling of Pueblo’s south side residents this week. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis reports:

Federal staffers recruited participants who live within a half mile of the former Colorado Smelter. The smelter ceased operations in 1908, but slag – waste material from making steel – was left behind. The tests are aimed at children and women of childbearing age. Dr. Bruce Tierney is a medical officer with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. 

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Capitol Coverage
7:43 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Colorado's Economic Recovery

Colorado’s economy is steadily rebounding according to the latest economic forecast. And as Bente Birkeland reports, the pace of recovery is expected to pick up next year.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

El Paso County Included in Major Disaster Declaration; Federal Aid Available

El Paso is among the three additional counties added to the federal Major Disaster Declaration after last week’s devastating flooding.  That brings the total number of counties eligible for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to seven.  

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Flood Coverage
7:05 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Heavy Rains Help Ease Drought

Recent flood waters have left behind plenty of damage, but there is one silver lining. Rains recharged the soil, which the 2012 drought left bone dry. KUNC’s Luke Runyon has more…

While there are still pockets of dry areas in the state, the drought has been almost completely wiped out in the foothills and northeastern plains of Colorado. State climatologist Nolan Doesken says these types of weather extremes happen. Colorado may have been drenched in rain, but Doesken says that can change in a matter of months.

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Capitol Coverage
6:50 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Governor Appoints Recovery Chief

Colorado has a new chief recovery officer to help oversee rebuilding in the wake of massive floods. Governor John Hickenlooper made the announcement on yesterday, saying the goal is to have state and U.S. highways reconnected by December 1st. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Local News
11:52 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Boil Advisory for Water in Manitou Springs

Update, Sat 11:30 AM: ​The boil advisory is now lifted.

Update, Fri 5:15 PM: The boil advisory for Manitou Springs is still in effect, but for certain neighborhoods only. The city says the lower section of Crystal Hills Boulevard and Vias Subdivisions require some follow-up testing, which is expected to be complete tomorrow morning. Other areas, including the downtown business district, are no longer under the boil advisory.

Streets specifically affected by the continuing boil water advisory are:

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Connecting the Drops
2:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

ICYMI: Connecting the Drops, Special Call-In Program on the Colorado River

On Sunday, September 15th, KRCC aired a special one-hour call-in show on the Colorado River as part of our year-long Connecting the Drops collaboration.  The guests were Taylor Hawes, director of the Nature Conservancy's Colorado River Program, who recently testified before the U.S.

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Local News
7:06 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Flood Damages in Colorado Springs Likely to Exceed $10 Million

Days of rain have left Colorado Springs with infrastructure damages that could cost over $10 million.  KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz reports that number will likely rise as officials continue to assess the situation.

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Capitol Coverage
6:27 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Udall, Bennet Seek Federal Aid

Colorado Senator Mark Udall pledged to seek full federal support to help restore the state after flood waters devastated parts of the foothills and Front Range. Udall and Senator Michael Bennet both addressed the U.S. Senate yesterday describing efforts on the ground. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.



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Flood Coverage
8:39 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

A Reconnected Lyons Looks Toward Recovery

Lyons, CO starts to look toward recovery.
Credit Maeve Conran

The town of Lyons in Boulder County is one of the areas hardest hit by recent floods. There is no water, sewage, electricity or gas in the town and most of the bridges that connect the town north and south have been destroyed. The entire population of just over 2000 people has been asked to leave to allow officials to assess damage and begin reconstruction. Maeve Conran spoke with town administrator Victoria Simonsen by the banks of the St. Vrain, which charts a new course through the town.



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Flood Coverage
2:46 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Oil & Gas Industry, Regulators Scramble in Post-Flood Colorado

Near the Cache La Poudre River, this is one of many oil and gas wells in northeast Colorado submerged in the flooding.
Credit Theresa Gilbert/Weld Air and Water

Weld County in northeastern Colorado, one of the most drilled in the nation, was also among the hardest hit by this week’s historical floodwaters. State regulators and oil and gas industry workers are now scrambling to assess the damage and mitigate the health and environmental impacts.

“At this point – as access continues to be limited and emergency responders remain focused on lives, property and roadways – we have limited information about specific impacts or particular locations,” said Todd Hartman, spokesman for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).

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Flood Coverage
8:15 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Road Repairs From Flooding Could Top Half A Billion Dollars

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner/Released

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:16 am

As the remaining flood survivors continue to be airlifted out of towns cut off by flooding, the focus is beginning to shift to recovery. Specifically on the very reason they have to be airlifted: roads.

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Flood Coverage
8:13 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Rescue Efforts Ramp Up Across Waterlogged Colorado

Colorado National Guard photo by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/RELEASED

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:35 am

After rain pummeled flooded communities over the weekend, long awaited sunshine poked through the clouds Monday. Towns are just starting to dry out from days of heavy rain and flooding.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Flood Warnings Along the Arkansas

A flood warning is in effect for the Arkansas River at La Junta after days of continuous rainfall along the valley and in the Pikes Peak region. KRCC's Maggie Spencer has more.

The river is expected to exceed its 11-foot flood stage tonight, and crest just over 12-feet by midmorning Tuesday. The National Weather Service says flood stage means some agricultural flooding. Officials there say residents should stay away from flowing water and riverbanks. The warning came this morning and expires Wednesday.

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Capitol Coverage
4:04 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

FEMA Working For Quick Recovery For Colorado Flood

Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:15 am

State and federal officials say it’s still too early to determine the scope of damages in the wake of Colorado’s devastating floods.

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Public Safety
10:24 am
Mon September 16, 2013

CSPD: Residents Should Stay Indoors within 1-mile Radius of Wahsatch & Dale

Update, 11:48 am: The suspect is in custody. Advisory lifted.


Update, 11:38 am: The affected schools Colorado Springs School District 11 are no longer on lockdown, with the exception of Community Prep.

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Flood Coverage
8:02 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Larimer County Faces Frustrations And Optimism With Flooding

Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:14 am

Rain ground recovery efforts from days of massive flooding across Colorado to a halt Sunday. Helicopters were prevented from conducting additional search and rescue efforts in Boulder and Larimer counties.

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Flood Coverage
7:56 am
Mon September 16, 2013

After Rain Delay, Colorado Flood Rescues To Resume

Nathan Heffel KUNC

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:12 am

Colorado remains under the spell of water. Steady rains Sunday hampered evacuation and rescue efforts and brought renewed warnings to a flood weary Front Range.

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Local News
7:49 am
Mon September 16, 2013

CDOT: Portion of Manitou Ave. Remains Closed

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Update, 7:00 PM Monday: CDOT has reopened Manitou Avenue to traffic at the U.S. 24 interchange.  In addition, the ramps from U.S. 24 to Manitou Avenue are open. The culvert has been cleared of debris, and CDOT will continue to monitor it.

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Connecting the Drops
1:47 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Today on KRCC

Connecting the Drops

The Colorado River dominates much of the water landscape in our state and throughout the Western US.  Join us today, Sunday, September 15th at 5 PM for a special statewide call-in program about the Colorado River.  We'll be joined by listeners of other community public radio stations across the state. It's part of "Connecting the Drops" our year-long series about water.  A special statewide call-in program on the Colorado River, Sunday, Sept. 15th at 5 PM on KRCC.
Learn more about Connecting the Drops here.

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Flood Coverage
9:15 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Rescue And Recovery Continues Across Soaked Colorado

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/RELEASED

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:10 am

As flooding moves east across Colorado and rains are once again in the forecast, the recovery efforts continue.

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Flood Coverage
9:23 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Flooding Aftermath Brings Recovery Across The Front Range

Dan Greenwood KUNC

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:08 am

For a second day flood waters, goaded by heavy rains, impacted large swaths of the Front Range. When skies finally broke, many were stranded, hundreds were in need of rescue and four lives were lost statewide.

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Local News
7:10 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Colorado Springs Officials Release Initial Damage Assessments

Colorado Springs officials have released initial damage assessments following this week's flooding.  Officials note that potential rain this weekend may produce further damaging incidents, and assessments will be ongoing.  Their list is as follows:

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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Damage Assessments Underway in Colorado Springs

Damage assessments are underway in Colorado Springs as heavy rains continue to move through the Pikes Peak region and throughout the Front Range. Officials are urging residents to remain aware of weather conditions as rain is predicted throughout the weekend.
 

Director of Emergency Management Bret Waters says the city and regional partners have been preparing for these kinds of events for some time now, and it’s important to stay prepared.

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Local News
12:46 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Heavy Rains Compromise Post-Waldo Flood Mitigation Efforts

At the Incident Command Center in Manitou Springs Thursday afternoon.
Credit Andrea Chalfin

The White House has approved an emergency declaration for flooding throughout the Front Range, making federal aid available to communities hardest hit by recent heavy rains.  As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, while Northern Colorado has so far borne the brunt of the damages, post-Waldo Canyon fire mitigation efforts in El Paso County have largely come undone.

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Local News
5:57 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Rains Pummel Front Range

Outside the Incident Command Center in Manitou Springs Thursday afternoon, in between rain storms.
Credit Andrea Chalfin

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for the Waldo Canyon burn area until 8:30 PM Thu 09/12/13.

Officials have their eyes to the sky as heavy rains continue to hit much of the Front Range.  Manitou Springs has had an Incident Command Center open off and on since 9:00 last night.  The ICC is open again this afternoon as officials stay ready for more rain.

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Local News
7:21 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Body Recovered from Fountain Creek

Emergency responders in Colorado Springs recovered the body of an adult male early this morning from Fountain Creek after heavy rains overnight. 

The Colorado Springs Police Department noticed a body in the water near Nevada and Las Vegas Streets while conducting flood patrols and notified the city’s fire department.  The Heavy Rescue Team recovered the remains shortly before 5 this morning.  Identification and official cause of death are pending.  A flash flood watch remains in effect for El Paso and Teller Counties through midnight.

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Capitol Coverage
7:06 am
Thu September 12, 2013

What the Recall Election Means for Next Session

Gun rights activists in Colorado are savoring what they call a sweet victory. On Tuesday Democratic Senate president John Morse and Senator Angela Giron were voted out of office for supporting stricter gun laws, in the first legislative recall in state history. As Bente Birkeland reports, the election could change the dynamic under the gold dome.

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