Flood http://krcc.org en Mitigation Efforts Helping Ease Impacts of Heavy Rain http://krcc.org/post/mitigation-efforts-helping-ease-impacts-heavy-rain <p>Impacts from rains like Wednesday’s downpour in El Paso County are lessened due to mitigation work that’s taken place. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:59:13 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22110 at http://krcc.org Mitigation Efforts Helping Ease Impacts of Heavy Rain CDOT Installs New Flood Monitoring Equipment in Williams Canyon http://krcc.org/post/cdot-installs-new-flood-monitoring-equipment-williams-canyon <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Williams Canyon is getting new rain-monitoring equipment from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the US Geological Survey.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports on the installations taking place this week.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:01:28 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22039 at http://krcc.org CDOT Installs New Flood Monitoring Equipment in Williams Canyon Flood Repairs Continue On Old Stage Road http://krcc.org/post/flood-repairs-continue-old-stage-road <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crews are slated to begin repairs on the final damaged section of Old Stage Road in El Paso County this week</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last September’s flooding caused extensive damage, and the work will include repairing the road and retaining wall, and installing larger culverts.&nbsp;<br /><br />El Paso County Engineer Andre </span>Brackin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says repairs on Old Stage Road have been ongoing.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:38:59 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21360 at http://krcc.org Flood Repairs Continue On Old Stage Road CUSP: A Call for Volunteers for Cascade-area Flood Mitigation Work http://krcc.org/post/cusp-call-volunteers-cascade-area-flood-mitigation-work <p>The Coalition for the Upper South Platte is looking for volunteers to help with flood mitigation projects along Highway 24 this month.&nbsp;KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Volunteers are needed to help seed land and create sediment catchment basins in Cascade. These projects are intended to slow or redirect water to help protect against erosion and reduce the risk of property damage. Lisa Patton is the volunteer coordinator for CUSP. Patton says the Waldo Canyon burn scar is already suffering.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:26:25 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20242 at http://krcc.org CUSP: A Call for Volunteers for Cascade-area Flood Mitigation Work Rains, Flash Flood Warning Prompt Hwy 24 Closure and Red Cross Shelter Opening http://krcc.org/post/rains-flash-flood-warning-prompt-hwy-24-closure-and-red-cross-shelter-opening <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> &nbsp;The Red Cross Shelter has closed as of 11:23 PM. &nbsp;Highway 24 has reopened.</p><p></p><p><strong>Original post:</strong></p> Sat, 24 May 2014 04:12:10 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 19538 at http://krcc.org Rains, Flash Flood Warning Prompt Hwy 24 Closure and Red Cross Shelter Opening Manitou Springs Community Forum on Disaster Preparedness http://krcc.org/post/manitou-springs-community-forum-disaster-preparedness <p>Manitou Springs officials are inviting residents to a community forum Saturday to talk about disaster preparation.&nbsp; KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar has more.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Marc Snyder, Police Chief Joe </span>Ribeiro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and City Administrator Jack Benson will deliver progress updates on fire and flood mitigation projects.</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:50:44 +0000 Rachel Gonchar 17222 at http://krcc.org Manitou Springs Community Forum on Disaster Preparedness Disaster Relief On The Docket At The State Capitol http://krcc.org/post/disaster-relief-docket-state-capitol The annual legislative session is typically marked with plenty of partisanship – but this year lawmakers in both parties are working together on flood relief bills. As dozens of natural disaster bills are making their way in the statehouse, some of the more significant policies are stalled.<p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:16:41 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16210 at http://krcc.org Disaster Relief On The Docket At The State Capitol Douglas Creek & Flash Floods: Info Meeting Tonight http://krcc.org/post/douglas-creek-flash-floods-info-meeting-tonight <p>Colorado Springs officials will talk flash floods along Douglas Creek at a public meeting tonight. KRCC's Eliza Densmore reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The meeting is expected to provide education and updated information about increased flash flood risk due to the Waldo Canyon burn scar, including the city’s planned response to a flash flood.</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Eliza Densmore 16155 at http://krcc.org Douglas Creek & Flash Floods: Info Meeting Tonight Ute Pass Construction Work Begins http://krcc.org/post/ute-pass-construction-work-begins <p></p><p>Construction on U.S. 24 through Ute Pass started today resulting in lane closures until April. KRCC's Rachel Gonchar reports:</p><p></p><p>Flood mitigation construction along the eastbound route has all traffic shifted to westbound lanes. The Colorado Department of Transportation says it will stay that way for around two weeks until it’s completed. The traffic will then shift to the eastbound lanes so the work can continue on the other side.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:58:22 +0000 Rachel Gonchar 15285 at http://krcc.org Ute Pass Construction Work Begins After Floods, Some Colo. Rivers Aren't Where They Used To Be http://krcc.org/post/after-floods-some-colo-rivers-arent-where-they-used-be In Colorado, farmers are scrambling to recover from September's historic floods — floods that decimated miles of roadways, cut off entire towns and sent rivers and creeks into areas they'd never been before.<p>Like Tim Foster's immaculate front yard.<p>"It was beautiful," he says. "I had four large blue spruces. We had hundred-year-old cottonwoods all along the bank. We had our irrigation and our pumps. It was just gorgeous."<p>At the height of the flooding, it all washed away. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Nathan Heffel 11583 at http://krcc.org After Floods, Some Colo. Rivers Aren't Where They Used To Be Pueblo County Maps Flood Damages http://krcc.org/post/pueblo-county-maps-flood-damages <p>Pueblo County has released a new interactive map showing flood damage for the past year.&nbsp;KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:27:01 +0000 Eliza Densmore 11264 at http://krcc.org Pueblo County Maps Flood Damages Flood Recovery Committee Prepares To Meet http://krcc.org/post/flood-recovery-committee-prepares-meet A bipartisan committee of 12 Colorado lawmakers will soon meet to examine the state’s response to September’s devastating Front Range floods.<p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:17:51 +0000 Bente Birkeland 10447 at http://krcc.org Flood Recovery Committee Prepares To Meet Funds Still Available from FEMA Despite Government Shutdown http://krcc.org/post/funds-still-available-fema-despite-government-shutdown <p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 9702 at http://krcc.org Funds Still Available from FEMA Despite Government Shutdown State Says Fracking Operations not Impacted by Flooding http://krcc.org/post/state-says-fracking-operations-not-impacted-flooding <p></p><p>During a hearing on water issues late last week, state officials said they&rsquo;ve inspected 70 percent of the oil and gas wells damaged by recent flooding. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:10:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9490 at http://krcc.org State Says Fracking Operations not Impacted by Flooding State Steps in So Recovery Work Can Continue Despite Shutdown http://krcc.org/post/state-steps-so-recovery-work-can-continue-despite-shutdown <p>As a government shutdown furloughs thousands of federal employees in Colorado, the state is reaching into its own pocket to ensure that work can continue on some roads and bridges damaged by flooding. Today, Governor John Hickenlooper said the state would pay the salary costs for 120 National Guard engineers, with some reimbursement coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.</p><p>&quot;We want to make sure that we don&#39;t lose a single day in trying to get these roads open and getting these communities back together again.&quot;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:09:39 +0000 Grace Hood & KUNC 9420 at http://krcc.org State Steps in So Recovery Work Can Continue Despite Shutdown Flooding Fuels Fracking Debate http://krcc.org/post/flooding-fuels-fracking-debate <p><br /><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">In November, voters in several Front Range communities will consider whether to ban or delay fracking. Many of these same areas are also recovering from September&#39;s devastating flooding.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:17:53 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9217 at http://krcc.org Flooding Fuels Fracking Debate Governor Provides Update on Flood Recovery http://krcc.org/post/governor-provides-update-flood-recovery <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">Governor John Hickenlooper told local officials this morning that many of the state highways and roads closed due to recent flooding have reopened. But as Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports there's still a lot more work to do.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:20:42 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9156 at http://krcc.org Governor Provides Update on Flood Recovery FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center http://krcc.org/post/fema-opens-disaster-recovery-center <p>FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center opens today for residents of El Paso County affected by recent flooding. KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz has more.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>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.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:49:16 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 9100 at http://krcc.org FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center El Paso County Included in Major Disaster Declaration; Federal Aid Available http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-included-major-disaster-declaration-federal-aid-available <p></p><p>El Paso is among the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/09/19/clear-creek-el-paso-and-jefferson-counties-eligible-individual-disaster" target="_blank">three additional counties</a> added to the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4145" target="_blank">federal Major Disaster Declaration</a> after last week’s devastating flooding.&nbsp; That brings the total number of counties eligible for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to seven. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:06:10 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8932 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Included in Major Disaster Declaration; Federal Aid Available Heavy Rains Help Ease Drought http://krcc.org/post/heavy-rains-help-ease-drought <p></p><p>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…</p><p></p><p>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.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Luke Runyon & Andrea Chalfin 8896 at http://krcc.org Heavy Rains Help Ease Drought Governor Appoints Recovery Chief http://krcc.org/post/governor-appoints-recovery-chief <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">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&nbsp;Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:50:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 8895 at http://krcc.org Governor Appoints Recovery Chief Boil Advisory for Water in Manitou Springs http://krcc.org/post/boil-advisory-water-manitou-springs <p></p><p><strong>Update, Sat 11:30 AM:&nbsp;​</strong>The boil advisory is now lifted.<br><br><strong>Update, Fri 5:15 PM:</strong>&nbsp;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.</p><p>Streets specifically affected by the continuing boil water advisory are:</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:52:57 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8872 at http://krcc.org Boil Advisory for Water in Manitou Springs Flood Damages in Colorado Springs Likely to Exceed $10 Million http://krcc.org/post/flood-damages-colorado-springs-likely-exceed-10-million <p></p><p>Days of rain have left Colorado Springs with infrastructure damages that could cost over $10 million. &nbsp;KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz reports that number will likely rise as officials continue to assess the situation.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 8788 at http://krcc.org Flood Damages in Colorado Springs Likely to Exceed $10 Million Udall, Bennet Seek Federal Aid http://krcc.org/post/udall-bennet-seek-federal-aid <p></p><p>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.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:27:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 8787 at http://krcc.org Udall, Bennet Seek Federal Aid A Reconnected Lyons Looks Toward Recovery http://krcc.org/post/reconnected-lyons-looks-toward-recovery <p></p><p>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.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 02:39:10 +0000 Maeve Conran 8786 at http://krcc.org A Reconnected Lyons Looks Toward Recovery Oil & Gas Industry, Regulators Scramble in Post-Flood Colorado http://krcc.org/post/oil-gas-industry-regulators-scramble-post-flood-colorado <p></p><p>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.</p><p>“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).</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:46:27 +0000 Colorado Public News & David O. Williams 8770 at http://krcc.org Oil & Gas Industry, Regulators Scramble in Post-Flood Colorado Road Repairs From Flooding Could Top Half A Billion Dollars http://krcc.org/post/road-repairs-flooding-could-top-half-billion-dollars <span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:15:42 +0000 Luke Runyon 8743 at http://krcc.org Road Repairs From Flooding Could Top Half A Billion Dollars Rescue Efforts Ramp Up Across Waterlogged Colorado http://krcc.org/post/rescue-efforts-ramp-across-waterlogged-colorado 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.<p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:13:28 +0000 Grace Hood 8742 at http://krcc.org Rescue Efforts Ramp Up Across Waterlogged Colorado The High Costs Of Colorado's High Water, By The Numbers http://krcc.org/post/high-costs-colorados-high-water-numbers The flooding that has roared through communities and canyons across Colorado's Front Range in recent days is now being blamed for:<p>-- as many as eight deaths<p>-- damaging or destroying 19,000 homes<p>-- causing up to $500 million worth of damage to roads and highways.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/09/17/223309087/rain-stops-in-colorado-but-devastation-remains" target="_blank">On<em> Morning Edition</em></a>, Grace Hood from <a href="http://kunc.org/" target="_blank">NPR member station KUNC</a> reported that "towns are just starting to dry out from days of heavy rain and flooding" and t Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:19:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 8734 at http://krcc.org The High Costs Of Colorado's High Water, By The Numbers Flood Warnings Along the Arkansas http://krcc.org/post/flood-warnings-along-arkansas-0 <p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The river is expected to exceed its 11-foot flood stage tonight, and crest just over 12-feet by midmorning Tuesday.&nbsp;The National Weather Service says flood stage means some agricultural flooding. Officials there say residents should stay away from flowing water and riverbanks.&nbsp;The warning came this morning and expires Wednesday.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:22:46 +0000 Maggie Spencer 8719 at http://krcc.org Flood Warnings Along the Arkansas