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Residents Encouraged to Remain Vigilant as More Severe Weather is Forecasted
Thursday, September 12, 2013


Colorado Springs, Colo. – The National Weather Service is currently forecasting continued severe weather as a storm system remains in the Pikes Peak region TODAY and Friday. The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is concerned about serious flood risk as more precipitation, to already saturated ground, could cause flash flooding. 

Residents are advised to monitor the latest weather conditions over the next 24 hours. The City of Colorado Springs will be working around the clock to monitor all potential flood threats in the Waldo Canyon Fire area and across the city 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 flood on foot. If you see or hear it coming, move to higher ground as fast as you can.
  • 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. 

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
www.weather.gov/coloradosprings

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

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