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Initial City Damage Assessment and Other Important Information
Friday, September 13, 2013


September 13, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.                                  

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Following the flooding events of Wednesday, 9/11 through Friday evening, 9/13, the City has made an initial assessment that damage has impacted the following areas:

  • Gold Camp Road: extensive damage
  • Cheyenne Road: extensive damage
  • Gold Camp and Camp Creek: pond and sidewalk damage
  • Stratton Bridge: structural damage
  • Various washouts amongst City Parks, Trails, and Greenways (including roadway, walkway, and pathway damage)
  • Multiple homes and residences along Cheyenne Creek
  • Remaining road closures: Stratton at Cheyenne Road (due to bridge damage, this will remain closed until further notice)

It is important to note that weather patterns through the weekend may produce further flooding incidents. Therefore, damage assessments will be ongoing.

Sandbag Information

Unfilled sandbags are available for pick up at the following locations:

  • CSFD Station #5 (2830 West Colorado Avenue)
  • CSFD Station #9 (622 Garden of the Gods Road)
  • CSFD Station #12 (445 Rockrimmon Boulevard)
  • CSFD Station #18 (6830 Hadler View)

Sand is available for pick up at the Wilson United Methodist Church parking lot (6460 Flying W Ranch Road).

**Please note: Fire Trucks are NOT equipped with sandbags.**

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I do if my home has flooded?
    • Answer: File a claim with your insurance agent.
  • How can I get flood insurance?
  • How can I get financial assistance?
    • Answer: Any details on potential State and Federal assistance programs are unknown at this time. However, we will advise if/when that information becomes available. 
  • Should I document my flood damage?
    • Answer: Yes, it is important to document flood damage with photos and video. Also, make a list of damaged or lost items.
  • Any general safety tips as I clean up from flood damage?
    • Answers:
      • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
  • Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
  • Prevent mold by removing wet contents immediately.
  • Wear gloves and boots to clean and disinfect. Wet items should be cleaned with a pine-oil cleanser and bleach, completely dried, and monitored for several days for any fungal growth and odors.

Flash Flood Safety

  • Don't drive through flooded areas. Ground may be unstable and vehicles can be washed away with low water levels. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t see the lines on the road you shouldn’t drive through it.
  • If you are in a caught in flood waters in your vehicle, stay calm and call 9-1-1.
  • Do not allow children to play in waterways and culverts at any time as flash flooding can occur with very little notice.
  • Keep a hand crank or battery powered radio tuned to a local station and follow all emergency instructions.

Public Health Information:

See attachments to this email for information courtesy of El Paso County Public Health or visit

http://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/services/flash-flood-risk-information(in a tab titled “After a Flood.”)

To stay informed of the latest emergency alerts and information:

  • Visit www.elpasoteller911.orgto receive emergency text alerts and calls to your cell/home phone.
  • Tune in to your local TV and radio stations.
  • Follow @springsgov, @CSPDPIO, @CSFDPIO, and @EPCPublicHealth for more information.

For more information, please visit the following links:

National Weather Service
www.weather.gov/coloradosprings

FEMA Are You Ready
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/index.shtm

City of Colorado Springs Flash Flood Information
http://www.springsgov.com/floodinfo

Help Colorado Now- to volunteer or donate to assist people impacted by flooding

http://www.helpcoloradonow.org

El Paso County Health Facebook- for information on post-flood health and safety

http://www.facebook.com/ElPasoCountyPublicHealth

Flood Cleanup Mold (pdf)

Cleanup: Flood Water and Debris (pdf)

Keep Food Safe After Flood (pdf)