Two flood preparedness meetings slated

Special to the Courier El Paso County Office of Communications
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El Paso County will host two flood preparedness town-hall-style meetings on April 8 and 9 at Ute Pass Elementary School, 9230 Chipita Park Road.

As flood season begins, partnering agencies in the Pikes Peak region including El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs are uniting to launch an emergency preparedness campaign with a special “Flood Awareness” component the week of April 8-13.

“Emergency Preparedness Starts with You,” a public awareness campaign, will address how residents can best respond to incidents such as flash flooding and wildfires. The campaign empowers area residents to know their personal risk for potential disasters, to make a plan, and to communicate it to their family so they can make the best decisions during an emergency.

On April 8, the town-hall meeting will address flash flood preparedness concerns for Green Mountain Falls. Green Mountain Falls Mayor Lorrie Worthey and Town Trustees have been invited to attend.

On April 9, the town-hall meeting will focus on Chipita Park and Cascade. Both meetings run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Subject matter experts will discuss the flash-flood risk coming off the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar. Other topics include flood insurance, mitigation of high-risk property, how you can prepare for a flash flood, fire and flood mitigation, a watershed update and information about the inundation study.

Invited presenters include the National Weather Service, the U.S. Forest Service, FEMA/National Flood Insurance Program, Rocky Mountain Insurance Agency, AspenPointe, the El Paso County Office of Emergency Management/Sheriff's Office, El Paso County Department of Transportation/Recovery Coordinator, Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Resident District 3 El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark will facilitate the informational County meetings.

At 6:30 p.m. on April 15, and April 24, El Paso County will host similar meetings for Manitou Springs at the Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue.

Colorado Springs will host a meeting from 6-8 p.m. on April 11 at Glen Eyrie, 3820 N. 30th St., to discuss flash flood concerns for residents of the Pleasant Valley neighborhood.

For more information on the El Paso County meetings contact Matt Andrews, Fire Recovery Manager, at mattandrews@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6391.

Homeowners impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire, or who live in high flood-risk areas on the Westside of Colorado Springs may receive pre-filled sandbags to place on their property for flood mitigation. Sandbags will be loaded onto vehicles 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 13 at the Verizon Wireless building, 2424 Garden of the Gods Road. On-site contact is Ken Hughlett, Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management at 208-5930.

The City of Colorado Springs and AspenPointe will distribute a flood preparedness brochure and customizable flood preparedness magnet to high flood-risk neighborhoods. Volunteers will be dropping off packets at residents' front doors throughout the month of April, beginning April 8. Contact Kim Melchor, for more information at 719-385-5248.