The Red Cross in Colorado Springs is aiding Manitou Springs residents affected by flash flooding over the weekend and continues to be on standby to open an emergency evacuation point in response to potential for more heavy rain and flooding this week.
Heavy rains brought thick mud and debris from the Waldo Canyon burn scar surging into the city of Manitou Springs late Friday, Aug 9. The result was a major flood within the city that resulted in the loss of several homes along and near Williams Creek, which runs into downtown Manitou Springs. The Pikes Peak Red Cross Chapter moved quickly to establish an evacuation center at the Historic Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., in Manitou Springs. The evacuation center received dozens of people that had been stranded in their cars on US Highway 24 in addition to residents who had evacuated their homes due to rising water.
The Red Cross and its partners provided shelter and food overnight both Friday and Saturday for displaced residents, and Red Cross mental health workers met with Manitou Springs residents and business owners to provide comfort. As clean-up and recovery efforts began, Red Cross Disaster responders delivered shovels, cleanup kits, water and snacks on Saturday and Sunday.
Although all displaced residents had been accommodated by Sunday morning and the Red Cross shelter subsequently closed, volunteers moved to reopen the evacuation center at First Congregational Church on Sunday evening in order to provide a safe place for residents to evacuate to due to another flash flood warning; once the warning passed, the evacuation center was stood down.
This weekend’s response follows on the heels of a busy wildfire season; meanwhile, the Red Cross continues to respond to an average of a disaster a day throughout Colorado, such as home fires. If you would like to support these efforts to help people affected by disasters, donate to Red Cross disaster relief.