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Aug 23, 2013 7:14 PM by Eric Ross

Heavy rains create big mess for Colorado Springs homeowners

Two families were scrambling Thursday evening to get to higher ground as water began rushing into their basements.

This happened near East Woodmen Road and Black Forest Road on the Northeast side of Colorado Springs. Many homeowners were caught off guard, because their neighborhood doesn't lie in a flood zone and is several miles south of the Black Forest burn scar.

"The water was coming in so fast it blew the window out (of the basement) and within a matter of 5-10 minutes the water filled up to the top of the ceiling," Shayna Brawley said.

Shayna watched frantically, hoping the water wouldn't rise any further. Fortunately, the water stopped just a few inches below the first flood. Friday, she stood outside as crews pumped water out of the basement.

Virtually everything down there was destroyed.

"I lost all my Christmas stuff, my son's baby stuff, a ping pong table and electronics," she said.

Water also rushed into a furnished basement of Krista's next door neighbor, Anthony.

"It was pretty bad with a lot of mud and water," Anthony McMurtry said. "I couldn't even get down to my basement because as I opened up my basement door, water was three steps from my main floor so I couldn't even get in to save anything. I had pictures, a brand new TV, entertainment center and a couch."

While most are material things, it's no doubt a nightmare for these homeowners who just moved in less than a year ago.

Neither Shayna or Anthony have flood insurance.



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