- The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has announced availability of Disaster Unemployment Assistance to help workers who lost their jobs, and self-employed individuals who are unable to work, recover from the effects of the High Park and Waldo Canyon wildfires that began on June 9, 2012.
To receive DUA benefits, you must provide documentation to support that you were working, were self-employed, or had prospective employment at the time of the disaster. Self-employed individuals must provide federal tax forms (including all schedules) for the 2011 tax year. The documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA claim is filed.
To file a claim for DUA, applicants may visit the local Disaster Recovery Center at 105 North Spruce Street Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak or Larimer County Workforce Centers, or call the Wildfire Unemployment Resource phone line at 1-888-843-8382 (outside Denver-metro area) or 303-318-9038 (Denver-metro area). The Wildfire Unemployment Resource phone line requires applicants to leave a message with their name, social security number, callback number, and best time(s) to return their call.
Updated: 07/10/2012 - Free legal advice will be made available to people impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire on July 11 at the El Paso County Disaster Center. Also, attorneys with the El Paso County Bar Association will be staffing the Call for Action phones on Thursday, July 19th from 5 to 7 pm. Call 457-8211 to get free legal advice.
Posted: 07/08/2012 - Despite Governor John Hickenlooper lifting the statewide fire ban Sunday, El Paso, Teller and Pueblo counties all remain under Stage II fire restrictions. This means the following things are still banned in these counties: -Campfires -Using or selling fireworks -Outdoor smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building -Outdoor welding For more information, click on this website.
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.