Flash flood threat prompting further preparations

POSTED: 06:31 PM MDT Jun 04, 2013 

The flash flood danger in light of the Waldo Canyon Fire is high, and many areas have begun preparations.

Manitou Springs City Administrator Jack Benson said a flash flood could result in water levels as high as 9 feet, which could fill the City Hall.  This threat has prompted City Hall to transfer all important documentation to higher ground.

“The new flash flooding issues really did bring home the need to basically have some good pre-planning around our documents,” said Benson.

School districts also are ready with flood plans in place. 

Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Robeiro said parents should be familiar with the plan of their child’s school.  He said parents should not drive to their child’s school or day care during a flash flooding event. 

“Your kids are going to be safe if there’s an event.  Don’t put yourself in jeopardy trying to get to your kids if there’s an event going on here,” he said.

For safety reasons, Robeiro said police officers have been instructed to stay 15 feet away from rushing water during a flash flood event. 

“It only takes about 6 inches to 1 foot of water to get a vehicle moving and once it’s swept up in the debris, it’s probably not going to be survivable and it would be a very tragic event,” said Robeiro.