After the Waldo Canyon fire burned through Williams Canyon, the burn scar has caused major flash flooding problems in Manitou Springs and along Highway 24. In August of 2013, cars and homes were literally washed away.
“A large amount of rain in a short period of time flushes off the burn scar very quickly, and that causes a flash flood,” Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said.
Over the past two years, the U.S. Forest Service, state of Colorado, El Paso County, and the City of Manitou Springs have taken measures to the reduce the possibilities and impacts of flash flooding.
Crews removed debris and increased the capacity of Fountain Creek. Ribeiro says that is a big factor in pushing water out of Manitou Springs as the rain falls. Forest service workers dug deep water retention pits to slow down the flow of water.
The police chief says the mitigation systems can handle a slow and steady rainfall. But, he does worry about strong downpours. He hopes the system can hold.
When water rises, Turn around – Don’t drown! www.springsgov.com