Volunteers Work To Prevent Flooding In Waldo Burn Area

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Volunteers sacrificed their day in order to protect our community tomorrow.

"Whatever we can do to help out; that’s what you need to do,” said volunteer Tom Andenno.

Around 85 volunteers hiked up the mountains at the Flying W Ranch and did some heavy lifting. They are not only working to repair fire damage, but prevent future flooding and erosion.

"I know there was a lot of damage to the homes in this area of the burn, but the flooding could actually cause more damage than the fire ever did,” said Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado (VOC) Crew Leader Dave Dombach.

That’s why people of all ages, from all walks of life, are pitching in to help.

"I have clients that live in this area and have been burned out of their homes. They're rebuilding now, so flood hazards will be an issue for them in the future and we'd like to maintain this area so they don't have to worry about losing their homes again,” said volunteer and local realtor Bobbie Rupp.

We followed a team as they aggressively moved dirt to level out a trail on top of the mountain, so it doesn’t turn into a stream.

They also stabilized the hill slopes by putting in log erosion barriers.

The goal is to slow down possible flood waters, and stop erosion from threatening homes and water supplies.

"I feel like it's really important to get involved and help out the families,” said Rupp.

“To be able to give a little bit back, it's just a privilege to me,” said Andenno.

It's restoration work that will need to continue for years, but work that is getting done one day at a time.

The work was organized by VOC and the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP). Volunteers also came from Colorado College’s BreakOut Association.

Another volunteer work day is planned for May.

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