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Hot market: Fire serves to reignite Westside construction, home buying

Realtor Ray Shea recently ushered a pair of buyers into a half-million-dollar home in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. “It’s a view lot,” Shea said. “We’re standing there, looking out the window and all you can see is charred, burned hillside. I’m waiting for them to drop the bomb in my lap and say, ‘Wow, this… Continue Reading Hot market: Fire serves to reignite Westside construction, home buying

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Incoming Tide Part 3: Historic floods have left their mark on area

Flash floods may cause intense property destruction and loss of life, but they are limited in scope and duration. Regional floods may affect much of the Front Range and are caused by massive weather events that typically last for days, leaving widespread damage that requires many years of recovery. Such floods are rare. There have… Continue Reading Incoming Tide Part 3: Historic floods have left their mark on area

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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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Incoming tide – Part 1: Flood waters waylaid Springs in 1935

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series about floods and flood dangers in the Pikes Peak Region. This story focuses on the Memorial Day flood of 1935, the most destructive in the region’s history. In Colorado Springs, as in much of the arid Southwest, rains come quickly and unexpectedly. Spring rain… Continue Reading Incoming tide – Part 1: Flood waters waylaid Springs in 1935

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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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Mayor Steve Bach plans to ask City Council for nearly$12 million from its reserve funds, the bulk of which will go to rebuild and restore two creeks in the wake of the Waldo Canyon fire. Bach announced his intentions during a press conference this morning. He is also asking for additional money to also cover… Continue Reading Mayor asking $10 million for summer flood mitigation

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Waldo fire report: City must improve communication, documentation

Better communication, documentation,  logistics support and training on incident management are four areas in which the city needs to make improvements, as detailed in the After Action Report on Waldo Canyon Fire. The report, released Wednesday, details the city’s strengths in working the Waldo Canyon fire and outlined areas for improvement. The Waldo Canyon fire… Continue Reading Waldo fire report: City must improve communication, documentation

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Fire memory fades, but help still available

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If your business phone rings and it’s Ingrid Wood from the Small Business Development Center, take the call. She’s not selling anything. She won’t try to fast-talk a small-business owner into something he or she doesn’t need. She wants to help. Wood knows it’s been nine months since the Waldo Canyon fire shut down businesses… Continue Reading Fire memory fades, but help still available

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Fund offers loans to Waldo fire businesses

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Fund offers loans to Waldo fire businesses

Local banks have teamed with the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and other community partners to offer $10,000 loans to small businesses that were affected by last summer’s Waldo Canyon fire. The loan amount is up to $10,000 at zero interest for 12 months and then 12 percent thereafter. There is no loan fee and… Continue Reading Fund offers loans to Waldo fire businesses

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Fire lesson: Full knowledge of policies stands out as the toughest business insurance hurdle

Steve Mack, who owns the Lone Duck Family Campground in Cascade, still is sorting out his business insurance claim after the Waldo Canyon fire. His residential insurance was straightforward and easy to understand. He said his insurer worked with him and explained the policy and volunteered information about what Mack and his family needed to… Continue Reading Fire lesson: Full knowledge of policies stands out as the toughest business insurance hurdle

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