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Jul 5, 2013 11:34 PM by Tony Spehar

Crews in Manitou Springs work to clear storm drains and Fountain Creek

A brief but heavy downpour of rain on Friday afternoon raised some concerns about flooding after Monday's flash flood that damaged several homes in Manitou Springs.

Thankfully the storm quickly passed over the Waldo Canyon burn scar and Fountain Creek only rose slightly and no heavy debris was carried by the swift moving water.

Though tourists still jammed downtown Manitou Springs, there is still fear the flood concerns could affect the vital tourism season. Orvett Hawkins has been spending his summers in the city for years, he said he wasn't worried about the floods but did fear for Manitou Springs as it has gone from fearing fires in 2012 to floods in 2013.

"I thought it was pretty sad, it kind of broke my heart too," Hawkins said of Monday's flood. "Because we love coming to Manitou, this is like our happy place, it's like coming to Disney Land because it's just so much fun."

Manitou Springs Public Works told News 5 that their crews had spent the days after Monday's flood clearing logjams and other debris from Fountain Creek. A culvert near Canon Avenue was thoroughly cleared because it had jammed with debris and caused water and mud to flow onto nearby streets and cause severe damage to some buildings.

Street crews are going to be concentrating on clearing storm drains of mud and debris over the coming days.


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