Flood Awareness and Mitigation Information
Flood Mitigation News
Neighborhood Revitalization Project
On October 23rd, thankfully, with the help of Manitou Springs Elementary School volunteers, and generous donations from various sponsors, the vegetation and riparian habitat in the Narrows neighborhood was restored. For more information and pictures of the revitalization project, click here.
SBA Disaster News - Loans for Business, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters
At this time, there are low interest rate loans available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for businesses and residents whose property was damaged or destroyed by the May 2015 flood event that resulted in a Presidential Declaration. SBA representatives will be on hand to answer questions regarding this loan program. Click here for more details: SBA Disaster Assistance Brochure.
Spring 2015 Flood Event
Summary of Identified Damage:
The Flood Recovery Team, through coordination with the Public Services Department, has identified the following points of damage from the Spring 2015 Flood Event. Because a Presidential Disaster Declaration has been made, the City may be eligible to recuperate 75% of the cost to repair these locations.
As part of the damage identification process, we would like to ask for your help. If you have observed damage to public facilities that is not listed on this exhibit, please contact Shelley Cobau, CFM at email@example.com, or by calling 719-685-2547. We have approximately 45-days to get any additional damages added. Thank You!
New Flood Recovery Team
Manitou Springs has a new flood recovery team. To learn more about the Manitou Springs Flood Recovery Team, click here.
May 2015 Storm Events
The first week of May has been the wettest first week of May on record. If you have experienced damage to your property or to the land surrouding your property please help the city by tracking and reporting the damages. For more information on damage tracking, please click here.
To view the 2015 Flood Mitigation Update, follow this link.
Pikes Peak Regional Recovery Efforts
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have installed rain monitoring equipment in Waldo Canyon beginning November 12. Installing the video monitoring equipment will provide:
- A real time video feed camera, providing CDOT and USGS with the ability to see if a rain event is producing debris flow or just water
- A non-contact stage gauge, measuring the depth of flow in Waldo Canyon with radar
- An additional rain gauge, bolstering CDOT/USGS’s network of rain gauges in the canyon burn scar area
Flood Recovery Assistance for Businesses 2015
CDBG-DR Block Grant
Businesses can apply for grant funds through the Colorado Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). For more information on CDBG-DR and how to apply, please follow this link.
National Flood Insurance Program
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) oversees the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that assists and educates property owners in all things flood insurance. To find out what NFIP has to offer, click on the following links:
- NFIP Brochure: What You Need to Know About Federal Disaster Assistance and National Flood Insurance.
- NFIP: Myths and Facts about the Program. This sheet answers many questions that people generally have about flood insurance, giving them the confidence to purchase flood insurance, thus protecting their families and their property.
- NFIP: Flood Insurance Claims Handbook. This handbook walks you through the entire claims process, including what you should do before a flood happens.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Recovery for those who own old or historic buildings carries its own unique challenges. Click for information provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Be Prepared - Know How to Stay Safe
Evacuation Route Map
The Evacuation Route Map should be utilized during your disaster preparedness. Note the City of Manitou Springs is divided into six evacuation zones. Each zone is color-coded. Locate your neighborhood on the map, know which evacuation zone your home or business is in, and note the evacuation route set for that zone. It is imperative to remember during flood evacuation, retreat to higher ground. Do not try to drive out of town in your vehicle; you could be trapped in your car, surrounded by rising water. Please evacuate on foot to higher ground.
Keep Safe and Healthy During Disaster Recovery
During recovery, your highest priority is your health and the health of your family. El Paso County Health Department has good information about avoiding sickness while you recover from flooding. Click on the links to view these helpful flyers:
- Tetanus and First Aid Guidance
- Food and Water Safety After a Disaster
- Cleanup: Flood Water and Debris After a Disaster or Emergency
If you own a food establishment damaged by the flood, here is a comprehensive guide outlining the steps to take prior to reopening your establishment.
El Paso County also compiled a list of resource referrals available to citizens during times of need. Just call 211 from your home phone or 955-0742 from your cell to access Helping Hands-- Colorado Springs Community Resources.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers this fact sheet for those assisting with your home or business cleanup.
Red Cross Focuses on Emotional Health Following a Disaster
Concerned parents can refer to "Helping Children Cope With Disaster", which discusses age-specific common reactions children may exhibit following a disaster, how to talk with your kids about the event, and family preparedness before a disaster strikes.
"Taking Care of Your Emotional Health After a Disaster" offers insight into possible symptoms of stress following an event, and the steps you can take to feel better.
The booklet "Picking up the Pieces After A Disaster" is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to all facets of your recovery-- emotional health, the recovery of your home and personal property, etc. The booklet also includes helpful contact information for the replacement of vital documents. For additional information, visit www.redcross.org.
Flash Flood Preparedness Guide
Preparation is key to mitigating the dangers of flash flooding. Click to view the flood preparedness guide and read important information that will help you prepare for the upcoming rainy season.
Useful Safety Tips
- Know if you are in the floodplain. Go to https://msc.fema.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/FemaWelcomeView?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1 to find out if you are in the floodplain.
- Know your evacuation zone. Take a look at our Evacuation Route Map and know where to go!
- Is your cellphone your primary phone? Be sure to register your cellphone to receive Emergency Notification System notices. Call El Paso County Enhanced 911 Authority at (719) 785-1900, or register online at http://www.elpasoteller911.org
- Get ideas on how to make an emergency plan and an emergency kit for your family, your work, and visitors. Visit http://www.readycolorado.com to help you formulate your emergency plans.
- Get educated! An excellent resource for flood information can be found on the FEMA webpage: http://www.ready.gov/floods
Be Prepared - Know How to Protect Your Property
Sand and Sandbags Available to the Public
The City of Manitou is providing pre-filled sandbags to the public and sand and empty sandbags that may be self-filled. Pre-filled sandbags can be obtained outside the Public Works gate at 101 Banks place. There is also a dumpster on the side of the road behind Mansions Park with sand and sand bags that the public is welcome to take and fill.
Mitigation Ideas for Reducing Flood Loss
FEMA offers a comprehensive and detailed booklet called Protecting Your Home and Property From Flood Damage, that includes useful information on property cleanup, selecting a contractor, repair tips for a flood-damaged property, and mitigation suggestions and diagrams to flood-proof your home.
Useful Tips to Protect Your Property
- Assess your property for flood risk. If you want to place sandbags in flood-prone areas around your property, the City has sandbags and fill material available to you. Check to see if you have flood insurance (homeowner policies seldom cover flood events). Property owners and renters can get flood insurance. Coverage may be obtained through local insurance agents familiar with flood insurance, or an agent may be located on the web at floodsmart.gov, or through NFIP at (888) 379-9531.
- Do not dump trash, limbs, leaves or other debris into drainage channels whether they are dry or flowing.
- Keep all drainages and creeks on your property free of limbs and debris.
- Report clogged drainage channels, creeks, or storm drains to the Public Works Department as soon as possible.
- Take a look at what the Public Works Stormwater Division does for you: Drainage System Maintenance Standard Operating Procedures