Whether you live or work in the eastern plains or western foothills of the Pikes Peak Region, you could be at risk of flooding. Within minutes, a thunderstorm can escalate into a dangerous flood. Severe thunderstorms over the mountain topography have proven to be a lethal. In 1864, 1915, 1935 and 1970, floods resulted in deaths and extensive damage in this area. More recently, the flood in 1999 caused millions of dollars in property losses.
Flash floods are usually caused by thunderstorms over the mountains during the summer months, from May through September.
- Persons downstream are at the greatest risk and may not hear or see the danger.
- A flash flood monitoring system, developed by Pikes Peak Regional Building Department’s Floodplain Administration, continuously transmits rain and stream data to Emergency Management agencies.
- When heavy rains occur, it is best to monitor local television or radio to receive current warnings and watches.
- Remember that it’s never safe to play in gutters or swollen streams.
Increased Groundwater = Foundation Problems
If an area has recently seen flash flooding, heavy rains followed by hot summer days, or even sprinkler breaks, the ground start to shift due to the increased moisture.
- Existing cracks weep water
- Your basement has a higher relative humidity than the rest of your home.
- You have elevated radon levels and cracks in your foundation
- You have struggled with mold problems in the past
- You notice that your basement walls and/or floors appear dark in spots.
DRAINAGE FACILITY REPAIR/MAINTENANCE
Colorado Springs Streets Division 385-5934
El Paso County Dept. of Transportation 520-6460
Calhan City Hall 347-2586
Fountain City Hall 382-8521
Green Mountain Falls Town Hall 684-9414
Manitou Springs Streets Dept. 685-5596
Monument Public Works Dept. 481-2436
Palmer Lake City Hall 481-2953
FLOOD RISK, CONSTRUCTION, INSURANCE
Pikes Peak Regional Building Dept. 327-2800
Floodplain Administration 327-2907
Floodplain website www.pprbd.org
FEMA web site www.fema.com
FEMA (toll free) 1-877-FEMAMAP
Weather information www.weatherbug.com
Colorado Springs Office 385-5957
El Paso County Office 575-840
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