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Group gives money to help Manitou during flood season

Group gives money to help Manitou during flood season

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - The Pikes Peak United Way gave $100,000 to make Manitou Springs a safer place during flood season.

Floods from Fountain Creek damaged businesses last year.

The United Way stepped up to help businesses recover from those floods.

Janice Montoya works at Briarhurst Manor. It was hit hard by the floods that damaged the parking lot and landscape. She said she hopes the money can bring the business back to normal.

"We have been working hard to make improvements from the flood and get things really cleaned up looking as beautiful as it used to," she said.

Briarhurst received $15,000.

Canon Avenue was another spot where floods created a disaster area.

The Manitou Commonwheel is on Canon Avenue and it's above Fountain Creek.

Caron O'Neil works at the Manitou Commonwheel. She said floodwater destroyed the stores' basement. The business also received $15,000. That money will go toward improving the store and bringing more visitors into the business.

Adam's Mountain Café, the Glass Blowers of Manitou, Goldminer's Nuts and Candies, P.P. Inn, Tajine Alami Moroccan Restaurant, Silver Sparrow Beads, Park Row Lodge, and Lone Duck Campground also received money from the grant.

The businesses received between $5,000 and $15,000.

14 businesses applied for grant, only 10 received it.

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