Evacuation Center Remains Open In Manitou Springs

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter

Manitou Springs, CO – 9:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – The Red Cross evacuation center remains open at the Historic Congregational Church in Manitou Springs. The Church is located at 103 Pawnee Ave. in Manitou Springs, Colo.

As of 9 p.m. there were 12 people registered at the evacuation center. These people are waiting for US-24 to reopen.  In addition there are 13 people who were evacuated from their homes in Chipita Park, Colo. The Fire Department housed these people at Ute Pass Elementary School and the Red Cross is working to find overnight lodging for them.

The evacuation center was opened in response to the threat of flash flooding due to heavy rain on the Waldo Canyon burn scar.

Safety tips for preparing for and responding to Flash Floods are available at www.redcross.org/prepare. For quick access to safety information about flooding download the Red Cross Flood mobile app at www.redcross.org/mobileapps.  It is available for iPhone and Android formats.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/colorado, on Twitter at ppredcross, or join our blog at http://coloradoredcross.blogspot.com.

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