Jul 7, 2014 11:12 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

United Way Lends Manitou Businesses a Helping Hand after Floods

The Pikes Peak United Way is giving $100,000 in grant money to 10 businesses in Manitou Springs. Many have already spent thousands to clean up, and in some cases relocate. Much of the grant money will be used on flood mitigation and recovery of inventory.

Goldminer's Nuts and Candy is getting $10,000 to bolster their business after last summer's floods left the store underwater.

"We weren't able to buy a lot of product for the season," says owner Leslie Vasquez. "We weren't able to fix some of the equipment that needs fixed, because of the revenue that we lost."

Nine other businesses will also receive grants, varying from $5,000 to $15,000.

"A lot of them applied to use the funding for retaining walls and structural repairs," says Josh Gates, a Development Officer for the United ways. "So not only is it helping them now, but it's also preventing flooding in the future."

Gates says because the money is being provided a year after the floods, businesses can be reimbursed for repairs already paid for.

Silver Sparrow Beads had to relocate after the basement of their store on Canon Avenue flooded and ruined the heating system.

"It's extremely generous that the United Way has decided to help us here in Manitou," says Michele Underwood O'Brien.

Despite some lost revenue, business has been booming so far this summer in Manitou Springs.

The businesses that received the grant had to go through a lengthy application process. The money comes from the United Ways of Colorado fund.



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