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Walsenburg Evacuation Center Update

WALSENBURG, CO – 11 a.m., Thursday, July 17, 2014 – The Red Cross evacuation center in Walsenburg remains open to support the evacuation of boy scouts and camp staff from the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch. The evacuation center is at the community center, 928 Russell Ave., Walsenburg, Colo.

The scouts were evacuated at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 16,  from the Spanish Peak Boy Scout Ranch, that is located about 20 miles southwest of Walsenburg, due to the threat of flash flooding.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday there were 145 residents at the evacuation center, 92 boy scouts and 55 adult leaders and camp staff. The Red Cross provided breakfast at the evacuation center this morning and has coordinated with our partner, The Salvation Army, to provide lunch.

It is not known how long the scouts will need to remain at the Walsenburg evacuation center. Boy Scout leadership and Huerfano County officials will be evaluating the camp facilities to determine next steps for the scouts. The Walsenburg evacuation center will remain open as long as it is needed.

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