COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An annual event in Colorado Springs has a charitable twist this year that could help homeowners who are worried about floods.
This year the Olympic Downtown Celebration will re-use its resources to help people prepare.
Colorado Springs Sports Corporation is the group behind the event. It turned a section of Tejon Street downtown into a sand volleyball court loaded with 190 tons of sand.
The volleyball tournament is one of many festivities during the second annual event.
It will use the sand to fill 19,000 sandbags. Neighborhoods depend on these bags to save their homes from flash floods.
"We get to turn this into a charitable project where we donate the sand back to the families and the organizations that have been affected by the fires the last two years," said the event's coordinator Cara Jorgensen.
Transit Mix donated the sand. Bill Johannsen's company, C&C Sand and Stone, donated its trucks and workers to transport the sand.
"It's just a wonderful team effort," said Johannsen. "It's not often you get a win-win."
Festivities will kick-off at 5 p.m. There will be a free concert at 8 p.m. to salute firefighters and their hard work during recent fires.
The following streets with be closed for the celebration:
- Tejon closed from Kiowa to Pikes Peak from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Tejon also closed from Pikes Peak to Colorado from 9 am. to 1 a.m.
- Pikes Peak closed from Nevada to Cascade from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Colorado closed from Tejon to Walnut from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Southbound Cascade closed from Cache La Poudre to Colorado from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.