Police Chief: My Error For Flood Sirens Not Going Off

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Additional  tips for evacuating and responding to flash floods are available at www.redcross.org/prepare.

The Manitou Springs Police Chief is taking the blame for the flood sirens not going off in Monday's flooding.

Jo Ribiero wouldn't elaborate but blamed himself for the mistake. He told 11 News he tested the sirens today and that they worked.

The damage from Monday's flooding includes the damage of 13 buildings, 11 cars and four businesses, Ribiero said.

Today, Canon Avenue remains closed as clean-up continues.

Water swept through the town following a short but heavy rainstorm Monday afternoon. The area was vulnerable to flooding due to its proximity to the Waldo Canyon burn scar.

The city says a small number of gas lines were compromised, and were immediately repaired. No one was reported injured.

Residents on Canon Avenue and Park Avenue were asked to voluntarily evacuate. Monday evening, residents whose homes were not damaged were told they could return to their homes.

More than 160 people living in the Fountain Creek Mobile Home Park at 30th and West Colorado were also relocated during the flash flooding, but they were also allowed to return to their homes Monday evening. All the shelters set up for evacuated families have now closed.

Highway 24 and Manitou Avenue were closed temporarily but have since reopened, and all businesses in Manitou Springs are open for business as usual on Tuesday.

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