Aug 5, 2010 6:43 PM by James Jarman

Emergency Manager warns Springs is "due for another historic flood"

The head of Colorado Springs Emergency Management says our area is due for what's called the 100 year flood.

We are in monsoon season and another flood advisory is expected this afternoon for parts of the Pikes Peak Region.  As usual we've been seeing a lot of rain, hail and flooded streets over the past couple of weeks.

Colorado Springs Emergency Management Director Brett Waters says our recent weather is similar to the weather set up right before the historic flood of 1935.
That one washed out several bridges in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs and flooded downtown.  Waters says another major flood isn't a matter of if it will happen, it's a matter of when.

"I hate to say it, but we're due for a bigger flood, we had some flooding in '99, but we've had historic floods," he said, "There's probably going to be more historic floods that happen in the future that could be very deadly and so we want to make sure people are aware of that and understand the potential."

He's urging everyone to always be prepared for the worst.  You can find safety tips for you and your family here.

We'll have more infomation and pictures of historic floods in Colorado Springs and Pueblo tonight on News First 5 at 6pm.

Picture attached to this story is from Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs in 1935.


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