Posted: 07/07/2012 - From the Salvation Army: The best way to help fire survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. There are a variety of ways public can support The Salvation Army’s wildfire disaster relief efforts Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY - Designate gift "Disaster Relief" or ”Wildfires” Mail: Designate "Disaster Relief” or “Wildfires” on check/money order, mail to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief P.O. Box 2369 Denver, CO 80201-2369
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Posted: 07/03/2012 - The Fountain Police Department is asking the community’s cooperation to voluntarily comply with the fire restrictions as ordered by the Fountain Fire Chief and the prohibition of fireworks as specified in the Fountain Municipal Code 15.60.080. Any person caught selling, using or possessing fireworks may face a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to one year or both a fine and imprisonment.
- On Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., a community meeting will be held at Centennial Hall located at 200 South Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs, to address the growing concern of post-fire flash flooding.
Anyone who has been affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire and those who live in a flood plain are encouraged to attend. Representatives from El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, FEMA and the Regional Floodplain Administrator will be in attendance. Key discussion topics include details about the National Flood Insurance Program and the regional safety brochure.
For the convenience of those attending, the parking garage at 255 Sahwatch Street, located west and just behind Centennial Hall, will be open free of charge from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Residents near Waldo Canyon Fire burn area advised of flooding potential
Post-fire conditions in the burn area can present two foreseeable risks, debris flow and flooding. Hillsides once protected by vegetation, have been compromised and precipitation will have unknown effects on the landscape, probably for years to come. Therefore, it’s important for homeowners to protect their property themselves. Some steps that can be taken include:
-Seeking flood insurance through your insurance agent. Flooding is not covered by regular homeowner’s policies.
-Hire a specialist (often able to be recommended by your insurance agent) to evaluate your home’s risk.
-If you observe any clogged inlets or other public drainage infrastructure call so it can be cleared to safely pass flood flows. City- The Street Division at 385-5934 County – The Public Services Department at 520-6891
-Be aware of National Weather Service reports for your area.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - Although the fire is estimated to be 55 percent contained, firefighters say they have a significant amount of work remaining. That includes mop-up of hotspots along the fire lines, patrolling fire areas and continued fire line construction. For information on what areas of the Pike Forest are open to the public please call 719-636-1602.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - We here at Mountain Shadows Pet Hospital are very thankful to make it back to our clinic. Today is our first day back in the office. We would like to offer, to the people of the Mountain Shadows community, one free exam to any pet that might be showing stress or sickness during this difficult time. Many families have been displaced and our hearts go out to them. They can call the hospital with any questions. 5010 Boardwalk Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80919 (719)-533-0910
Posted: 07/02/2012 - Pikes Peak United Way is already looking to the future and working to establish support for the long-term recovery efforts for victims and the community as a whole. In collaboration with the El Pomar Foundation, which has generously provided $125,000, a Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund has been established.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - As of today, the Postal Service will resume delivery to most addresses impacted by the Waldo wildfire. The final four postal locations affected by the wildfire have now reopened, including two Post Offices in Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, and Cascade. Deliveries will be made wherever possible. Customers whose homes have been impacted by the fire can file a change of address Electronic change of addresses can be filed online at http://www.usps.com or by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS. (1-800-275-8777). Change of Address forms are also available at area Post Offices. Postal officials are advising evacuees to file a change of address even if they are going to be at their current temporary location for a brief time. They will be able to file additional changes as they move to longer term locations. If you need a safe and secure delivery point, consider renting a Post Office Box, available at all area Post Offices. Postal customers with further questions about their specific address, are encouraged to call the following numbers for assistance: Rockrimmon Station – 719-266-8216, Woodland Park Post Office – 719-687-5187, and Cascade Post Office -- 719-473-6513.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - In all areas where evacuees have been allowed to return home, electric, water and wastewater services are operating normally. Results of water quality tests meet all regulatory requirements. Run water through a hose or sprinkler for five minutes to clear sediment and air from your lines. Natural gas service is not available to all customers at this time to allow for system testing and to keep employees and customers safe. Starting today [Monday July 2], our employees, with help from Xcel employees, will go house-to-house to conduct final safety checks and light pilot lights. Customers must be present for gas service to be turned on. We anticipate that this will take us through July 4 to complete. We understand many of you are concerned about your bills. We are adjusting bills for customers that were evacuated or lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire. We are sensitive to the impacts of the fire and it is our desire to help as much as we can. All homes that were destroyed will have their bills adjusted to a zero balance. In evacuated areas, customer bills will be adjusted, removing water consumption for the days evacuated. In areas where we turned off natural gas and electricity services for safety reasons, daily charges will be removed for electricity and gas from June 23, 2012 to the date that services were restored. Check our restoration process page for more information about restoration of utilities services in affected areas. Customer service representatives are staffing the Disaster Recovery Center to answer your specific questions. We operate at the direction and discretion of Incident Command. If directed to evacuate, our employees will comply.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - North Shore Animal League (NSALA) and National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) continue to help with the emergency relief efforts in Colorado Springs, CO by providing services to the thousands of residents who have been evacuated due to the Waldo Canyon wildfires. A Mobile Rescue Unit is stationed at the El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center at 105 North Spruce St, Colorado Springs. Available services for Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3: • As evacuees return to their daily routines, NSALA and NMDR are available to provide temporary shelter in their 45-foot Mobile Rescue Unit for fire evacuee pets. The unit will be available for: o Pet Daycare from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily o Overnight pet services o Pet-Sitting while fire evacuees are meeting with representatives in the El Paso Disaster Recover Center • Supplies are also being distributed, including cat and dog food, cat litter and other pet supplies. • NSALA and NMDR Rescue Experts will provide Pet Safety Tips as evacuees return to their homes to ensure the safety of their pets. The Animal League’s Emergency and Disaster Rescue Program safely evacuates animals out of harm’s way. The team is ready at a moment’s notice to help save animals’ lives, whether they are responding to national emergencies or natural disasters.
Posted: 07/02/2012 - Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Animal Law Enforcement Officers (ALE) are currently rescuing pets left in homes in mandatory evacuation areas. Families needing assistance rescuing companion animals left within evacuation areas can call 719-473-1741 x1 for Animal Law Enforcement, and HSPPR dispatchers will explain rescue procedures. HSPPR staff resources are focused on animal rescue, and on caring for pet evacuees at both our permanent HSPPR shelter and at the emergency shelter located at Freedom Financial Services Expo Center. HSPPR regular animal control services are being covered by a skeleton crew at this time. HSPPR asks for the community to be understanding during these difficult circumstances, and be patient as ALE Officers respond to an extraordinarily high volume of calls. For more information, click here.