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Catastrophe insurance

Protections are available for local consumers in wake of floods, fires One draw of Colorado living, some would say, is the endless variety. The suburbs, the city, the country, the mountains and the plains; living here means there’s something for nearly everybody. But living in Colorado also means preparing for challenges as unique as the… Continue Reading Catastrophe insurance

The Colorado Springs City Council does not favor creating a physical stormwater department, “nor do we have plans to expand city government,” said Council President Keith King on Monday. King’s statements reiterated statements made to Mayor Steve Bach in an Oct. 14 letter. Council proposes a stormwater appropriation department dedicated to stormwater operations and maintenance.… Continue Reading Council: Stormwater issue need not expand city government

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Repairs from floods begin taking shape

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Repairs from floods begin taking shape

Nearly a month after Colorado’s last flood pushed the state’s damage estimate to nearly a half-billion dollars, city, county and state agencies have initiated efforts to repair roughly $30 million in infrastructural damage across the Pikes Peak region, according to officials. While the north-central section of the state received the brunt of damage caused by… Continue Reading Repairs from floods begin taking shape

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Flood aversion brings new sandbags to town

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Flood aversion brings new sandbags to town

Some Cascade residents and Ute Pass campers have avoided direct floodwaters lately because of a specialty sandbag that has a longer life and more durability than traditional sandbags. Mallett Excavating has teamed up with Landmark Earth Solutions on a system that “makes sandbagging obsolete,” according to Landmark literature. The primary items are the Rapid Installation… Continue Reading Flood aversion brings new sandbags to town

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Nonprofit can restore flood-damaged photos

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Nonprofit can restore flood-damaged photos

As flood waters recede and clean-up efforts begin, a Denver nonprofit organization wants to educate the public to not throw away photographs, even if they appear ruined. Wet and dirty photos and videos can often be salvaged, and member companies and organizations of The Memory Preservation Coalition opened Memory Rescue Centers across the Front Range… Continue Reading Nonprofit can restore flood-damaged photos

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President declares disaster in Colorado

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President Barack Obama approved a request from Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado’s congressional delegation for federal disaster assistance related to the flooding in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties. “The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency  are authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of… Continue Reading President declares disaster in Colorado

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The city of Colorado Springs has started addressing deteriorating, outdated or over-used storm drainage areas in the city limits – after a series of rainstorms in July and August caused widespread flooding in the city limits.   The money was appropriated for the projects this spring, and some of the work will be finished in… Continue Reading City starts addressing stormwater problems

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Manitou Springs starts business recovery fund

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Manitou Springs is seeking to recover after recent floods from the Waldo Canyon burn scar left businesses and residents digging out from mud and dealing with water damage. The community has established the Manitou Emergency and Recovery Fund through the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to support emergency relief, as well as short-term and long-term recovery… Continue Reading Manitou Springs starts business recovery fund

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Incoming tide – Part 2: Flash floods might make region forget 1999

Editor’s note: Last week, CSBJ writer John Hazlehurst began a three-part series on the history of flooding in the region and the ominous outlook after the Waldo Canyon fire. Part 1 focused on the historic 1935 flood, which killed 18, and Part 2 this week looks at the rising danger of flash floods even worse… Continue Reading Incoming tide – Part 2: Flash floods might make region forget 1999

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Fire scars lead to mitigation work

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Fire scars lead to mitigation work

It might have seemed like strange correspondence coming from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau: a brochure on flood preparedness. But the CVB joined with the city of Colorado Springs to get out the flood preparation message to businesses across the Pikes Peak region. No one wants a repeat of last summer, when businesses… Continue Reading Fire scars lead to mitigation work

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