Governor Visits Manitou Springs, Tours Damaged Areas

By: Mecca Rayne/KKTV Email
By: Mecca Rayne/KKTV Email

Governor John Hickenlooper spent a few hours in Manitou Springs to see for himself the areas ravaged by the recent flash flooding.

Following the devastating flooding August 9, which left one man dead, Hickenlooper declared a disaster emergency for El Paso County.

But seeing it for himself, he said, was a real eye-opener.

"To see boulders the size of cars and to see whole houses moved off their foundations...hear the stories of the devastation."

The governor arrived in town just after 6:30 p.m. and toured the damaged areas. Hickenlooper and the mayor of Manitou Springs then answered questions from community members ranging from funding to mitigation work, thanking volunteers and trying to calm fears that people may have about future flooding.

11 News asked what his role will be as it relates to bringing in money for Manitou Springs residents and business owners. Hickenlooper said his goal is to find money anywhere, looking for federal, local and state funding.

About $400,000 has already been approved to help Manitou Springs deal with flash flooding.

"The only hope I have is that the governor can convince the higher up in the governments that this is a geographic location and city that needs attention and resources to protect lives and property," resident Ryan Horn said after the meeting.

Hickenlooper also stressed that Manitou Springs is open for business and they need our support. He said that he was going to have a burger in town after the meeting, and encouraged everyone to find similar ways to support the local shops and restaurants.

Residents in Manitou Springs say the community could also use more volunteers to help clean up the area. If you can help, just go to 515 Manitou Avenue and check in.

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