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Tourists learn about Manitou Springs flash flooding

Many visitors unaware of higher risk after Waldo Canyon Fire

Tourists Learn About Manitou Springs Flood Risk

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - Tourists in Manitou Springs this summer are getting an education along with their vacation.

Many visitors this weekend were unaware of Monday's flash flood, and didn't know of the increased risk after last summer's Waldo Canyon Fire.

"I was curious about all of the sandbags," said Connie Nolen, a former Colorado resident who now lives in Texas.  "I didn't know what they were for."

"She noticed them more than I did," said Nebraska tourists Tom and Wendy Everson.  The Eversons said they were in Colorado Springs for a family reunion a few days before the fire.

Monday's flood also surprised Shanna Norwood of Texas.

"I didn't have a clue," she said.  "I'd probably (have) made sure it wasn't raining when I came to town.  That's definitely an added concern I'd have."

Tourists said despite the risk, they weren't worried when a light rain fell Saturday, and are glad they came.

"I was worried about how Manitou would survive the fire," said Nolen.  "This was our old stomping grounds.  I think it's wonderful.  It's still the same.  I'm pleased."

"I saw pictures of the mud on the Internet," said Wendy Everson.  "They said they were going to clean it up, and we thought it would be OK by the time we got here.  It looks great."

Norwood said Manitou Springs was an unplanned stop on her vacation.

"I love these quaint old towns," she said.  "I can't believe I've never been here before.  I'll definitely be back -- and checking the weather."

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