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Jul 2, 2013 4:09 PM by Maddie Garrett

Manitou Springs cleaning up muddy mess after flooding

The city of Manitou Springs is getting back on its feet Tuesday after flash flooding filled parts of the city with mud and debris. In all 20 homes were damaged, a handful suffered significant damage, along with 11 vehicles that were impacted by the flooding.

The areas along Canyon Avenue and Park Avenue were hit hardest by the flood waters, and crews were out bright and early Tuesday morning trying to clean up the mess. Bulldozers and crews with shovels were used to clear out the debris and mud from the city's streets, drains and coulees. In some areas, the mud was piled up several feet high before it was hauled off in dump trucks.

Manitou Springs leaders said despite the damage, all of the businesses opened up in the morning. Adam's Mountain café owner Farley McDonough said fortunately her staff were able to get sandbags up in time to protect the inside of her restaurant from water and debris Monday afternoon.

However, many business owners, emergency managers and residents in Manitou Springs know that Monday night's storm won't be the last, and the next storm could bring more rain. The Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department said their first priority is to clear out creeks and drainage ditches of any debris. David Hunting with the MSVFD said a heavier rain could move the larger pieces of trees and debris that still remain on the Waldo Canyon burn area, and they want to be prepared the next time they get a heavy downpour.



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