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FLASH FLOOD Watch over Waldo Burn Scar in Effect Through Sunday Evening
Monday, July 01, 2013


Colorado Springs, Colo. – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch over the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar effective 12 p.m. TODAY through Sunday evening. Forecasted thunderstorms bring the threat of heavy rain and flash flooding in the area.

Residents are advised to monitor the latest weather conditions over the next 12 hours. The City of Colorado Springs will be working around the clock to monitor all potential flood threats in the Waldo Canyon Fire area that could create flooding and respond accordingly.

Residents are encouraged to determine if it is safe to shelter-in-place based on their location or if they need to move to higher ground in the event of flooding.

  • A flash flood watch means that flash flooding is possible. Be alert and prepared to move to high ground. Watch for rising water levels or unusual street flooding. Listen to local radio or television stations or Weather Service radio for possible flash flood warnings and bulletins. Locate a hand crank or battery powered radio and extra batteries.
  • A flash flood warningmeans that a flash flood is occurring or is about to occur. If necessary relocate immediately and seek high ground away from high risk areas and water. Do not attempt to cross moving water either on foot or in your vehicle.
  • An urban and small stream advisory means that isolated flooding of streams, streets, and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains is occurring.

Flash Flood Safety Tips

  • Be especially cautious at night. It's harder to recognize the danger in darkness.
  • Be aware when bad weather approaches and watch for weather alerts through the below listed sources and through a weather radio.
  • Don't try to race a flash flood on foot. If you see or hear it coming, move to higher ground as fast as you can.
  • Don't try to drive through flooded areas. Ground may be unstable and vehicles can be washed away with low water levels.
  • Abandon your vehicle if water begins to rise over the road, and head for higher ground.
  • 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.
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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, and @CSFDPIO for more information.

For more information, please visit the following links:

National Weather Service
http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/Flood.pdf

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

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