The Waldo Canyon Fire Burn Scar Will Increase the Risk of Flash Flooding for the Next Several Years.
Speak with your insurance agent about Flood Insurance.
U.S. Geological Survey Water Alert System
USGS Water Alert System is a website that is open to the public. This website allows residents to establish an alert for numerous gages in the County. There are currently 4 gages in the burn scar area.
To see all the gages in the County use the URL below.
If you are interested in subscribing to receive alerts from the 4 new gages that have been placed in the burn area use the URLs below, then click on "Subscribe to Water Alert" (located below the graph). Once you do this a series of questions need to be answered. Here is the info that is suggested:
• Enter your email address
• Click on hourly notifications
• Click on 1 hour (inches)
• Click on "Greater than"
• Place .5 in the "Real-time value is greater than: "
• Check that you read and acknowledge the disclaimer
• Click on Submit
• You will get a confirmation email and will need to reply to close the loop
Sand Gulch precipitation station:
Upper Waldo above Cascade
Upper Williams Canyon:
Lower Waldo above Manitou:
Flood Preparedness Information:
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office: http://shr.elpasoco.com/Waldo+Canyon+Fire+Information.htm
National Flood Insurance Program Information: www.Floodsmart.gov
FEMA preparedness website: www.Ready.gov
City of Colorado Springs: http://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=4488
Burned Area Emergency Response Team Information:
This web site has all the BAER reports.
Maps of Burn/Flood Areas
This link will help you navigate through the Waldo burn area quickly. Just type your address in the info bar on the right side of this screen. Although your property may or may not be mapped in the floodplain, you are encouraged to look at the FEMA Insurance and talk with an agent. Your house may very well be in the path of hillside sheet erosion as well as excessive flows and debris runoff.
This link provides data for historic Surficial Geology with Mudslides and Landslide and Rockfall Susceptibility Map of Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon Burn Area - Colorado Geological Survey.
NRCS: National Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides private landowners relief from imminent hazard to life and property causes by a natural disasters.
Contact: Greg Langer, 632-9598
Coalition for the Upper South Platte: CUSP
CUSP has Firewise information and Flash Flood information and has experience working with individual home owners on fire/post fire projects including the Hayman Fire. Will help with Waldo Canyon Fire/Flood efforts.
CSU Extension has Firewise information and Flash Flood information
Funding assistance for residents affected by the fire and subsequent flooding
Lutheran Family Services: 227-7571
Westside Cares: 389-0759
Mercy’s Gate: 277-7470
Housing Authority of Colorado Springs: 387-6700 (you do not have to be a Colorado Springs resident)
Ecumenical Social Ministries: 636-1916
Discover Goodwill: 635-4483
Catholic Charities 636-2345
Red Cross: 632-3563
Pikes Peak United Way: 632-1543
NOAA Weather Radios
Consider the investment in a weather radio that can alert you to potential storms that can cause flooding in your area. They are available at most stores that have electronic departments.
For the deaf and hard of hearing, Midland Communications offers a NOAA radio with a light strobe and bed vibrator. They are available online at:
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239