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Disaster Assistance Center opens for Springs flooding victims

Couple gets answers on damage at Disaster Assistance Center

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Disaster Assistance Center opened Thursday in Colorado Springs for those impacted by recent flooding, providing things like cleanup kits, food boxes, tetanus shots, mental health counseling, tips on dealing with mold and connections with volunteers who want to help with cleanup.

Nonprofits like the Red Cross and United Way were on hand along with El Paso County Public Health and Colorado Springs Public Works.

One couple came looking for answers on how they're going to fix the unexpected damage to their home's foundation. Dave and Becky Ahl live on El Sereno Drive up a hill from Cheyenne Creek. They said their damage came, not from the creek, but from a drainage ditch that hasn't been cleaned in years.

"We feel the city, by not maintaining the ditch, actually caused the issues so we wanted some help there," said Ahl.

The couple has a sinkhole that's exposed the foundation of their home in the backyard. They said water was shooting from the drainage ditch as high as six feet in the air.

Dave was under the house in a crawl space trying to adjust floor jacks and keep the foundation from shifting just moments before the water rushed in.

"I think I would have drowned," Dave said of what would have happened if he didn't get out when he did.

They said they were happy with the information they got at the center and hopeful that FEMA would be contacting them.

The Disaster Assistance Center will open Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. It's located at Cañon School, 1201 Cheyenne Road across from Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School.

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