Public Safety

Capitol Coverage
10:35 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Wildfire Committee Crafts Legislation

A new state committee tasked with studying wildfire issues has wrapped up its work. The bi-partisan group of lawmakers is recommending a tax credit to encourage people to mitigate fire risks and a proposal to give individual counties more authority to cut down hazardous trees. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Local News
7:35 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Broadmoor Bluffs Takes Part in Evacuation Drill

A sign alerts drivers to the pending evacuation drill.
Andrea Chalfin

Colorado Springs officials held a neighborhood evacuation drill for residents of Broadmoor Bluffs over the weekend.  Fire officials say that neighborhood has stepped up mitigation efforts in the past year and a half, but because of topography, the amount of fuels, and housing density, Broadmoor Bluffs is one of the highest risk neighborhoods in the city’s wildland urban interface.  KRCC News embedded with first responders and a family that chose to participate in the drill.  We start with reporter Kate Dunn.

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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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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
8:13 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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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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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
6:27 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Flash Flood Warnings Close Highway 24

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The Colorado Department of Transportation has instituted new policies for Highway 24 as related to Flash Flood Warnings. When the National Weather Service issues a warning, or rain gages indicate more than a quarter inch of rain in the Waldo Canyon burn zone, CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol plan to close the route.  The highway will then remain closed until the warning is lifted, any debris is removed, and the road is deemed safe for travel.  In addition, CDOT will actively patrol the highway between Manitou Springs and Cascade at all times through October 1.

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Local News
10:15 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Body of Missing Colorado Springs Teen Found

 

The Colorado Springs Police Department is confirming the body of Rose Hammes was found just after midnight last night under a bridge in a canal on Platte Avenue, near Wooten Road.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Devastation and Cleanup in Manitou Springs

Cleaning up in Manitou Springs
Credit Andrea Chalfin

Update: Sun 1:40 PM
Per the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the mother of missing person Juston Travis has reported she's spoken to him and he is safe. One person still unaccounted for. As described yesterday, she is a petite blonde female, wearing black shirt over tan pants. MSPD Chief Joe Ribeiro: “Seen near the creek at one moment hanging in a tree, and then not seen the next.”

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Local News
5:56 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

CSFD Interim Fire Chief Accepts WA Position

CSFD Interim Fire Chief Tommy Smith

 

Colorado Springs' Interim Fire Chief Tommy Smith will be moving to Redmond, Washington after accepting the chief position there.  Smith stepped in as the interim head of the Colorado Springs Fire Department earlier this year when Chief Rich Brown stepped down.  Smith is expected to begin his new duties in September, after Christopher Riley takes over the fire department.  Riley was appointed as the city's fire chief last week, pending approval from city council.  According to a press release at the time, there were no internal candidates for CSFD Chief.

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6:01 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Saturday Sandbag Pickup: Waldo Canyon & Black Forest

Sandbags will be available to homeowners facing impacts from potential flash flooding in and near the Waldo Canyon burn scar.  They'll be given away free at the Verizon Wireless building on Garden of the Gods Road from 8 - 2 Saturday. The sand comes from last week's Olympic Downtown Celebration and its sand volleyball pit.

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Local News
3:10 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Mayor Bach Selects Pueblo Fire Chief as New CSFD Head

Pueblo Fire Chief Christopher P. Riley

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has selected Pueblo Fire Chief Christopher Riley to be the new head of the city’s fire department. Riley has served as Pueblo’s Chief since 2006. According to a release from the city, Riley will earn $145,000 per year.  He’s expected to start September 9th, pending approval from City Council mid-August.  Former Fire Chief Rich Brown retired in the spring. The city says 40 people applied for the position, with no applications coming from internal candidates. Interim Chief Tommy Smith will return to his post as Deputy Chief of Support Services.

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Local News
3:56 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Applications for State Wildfire Mitigation Funds Due Tomorrow

Applications are due tomorrow for state money to help with wildfire mitigation projects. As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, there are other goals for the grant program as well.

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Local News
6:07 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Pipeline Fire on Fisher's Peak

The Pipeline Fire on Fisher’s Peak started yesterday and is burning in steep, rocky terrain. Multiple units responded from in and around the Trinidad region, but officials say it’s been difficult to access the fire. The active fire has shown extreme activity on the entire perimeter of the blaze, though no evacuations have been ordered.

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4:43 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Flooding out of Williams Canyon Considered “Good Test”

Forecasters say the storm over the Waldo Canyon burn scar yesterday that produced flash flooding through Williams Canyon was quick-moving and dropped six-tenths of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.

Manitou Springs city officials were quick to praise education efforts and first-responder cooperation, but Police Chief Joe Ribeiro acknowledged the city’s warning siren didn’t work correctly.

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