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Incline to be closed for repairs

Incline to be closed for repairs

The Manitou Springs Incline will close in late August for up to four months, so needed maintenance can be done to the popular attraction. The incline, officially opened to the public in 2013 after being heavily used by trespassers for years, is being “loved to death,” according to a video on the attraction’s website, manitouincline.com.… Continue Reading Incline to be closed for repairs

FEMA releases new flood maps

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FEMA releases new flood maps

Effective Jan. 17, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a new map of the floodplains affecting Manitou Springs, FEMA announced this week. In general, base flood elevations for properties along Fountain, Ruxton and Sutherland Creeks were lowered, which should positively impact flood insurance rates within the city. In Early 2013, the City of Manitou Springs… Continue Reading FEMA releases new flood maps

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Grant aids counseling for flood victims

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A grant will make it possible for The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to offer a crisis counseling program for Coloradans affected by floods in September. The department received initial funding of almost $792,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. The program will fund work by eight… Continue Reading Grant aids counseling for flood victims

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In an effort to improve emergency response for individuals with disabilities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reached out to Colorado Springs-based The Independence Center for assistance in communicating and synchronizing leaders within the states’ disability community. The Independence Center and other agencies in the state are examining what worked during the floods, which areas need… Continue Reading FEMA and Springs nonprofit coordinate after floods

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Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking for more federal help for communities affected by wildfires this summer. The governor sent a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday, seeking additional money.   “The current disaster declaration does not account for the significant infrastructure losses and repairs the communities directly incurred as a result of these wildfires,” the… Continue Reading Hickenlooper asks for more federal aid for wildfires

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FEMA supports allowing tribes to ask for aid

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The Obama administration says it supports changing the federal law governing disaster aid to let tribal governments apply directly to the White House for help. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which announced the administration’s stance Wednesday, says right now only governors can ask for a disaster declaration, which brings with it access to federal money… Continue Reading FEMA supports allowing tribes to ask for aid

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