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Flood Risk Up An Estimated 350 Pct. After Waldo Canyon Fire

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email
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See the full-size map, hosted online by FEMA

The team of scientists assigned with evaluating the flood risk resulting from the Waldo Canyon fire estimates that flood risk may have increased by 350 percent. That number comes from the Burned Area Emergency Response Team.

Charred hillsides are vulnerable to erosion and flooding during downpours because they have less vegetation to soak up rain, and burned soils can repel water.

Before the fire was even fully contained, KKTV 11 News Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe said flooding concerns are now foremost in his mind.

“We’re approaching the height of thunderstorm season here in Colorado,” he said, “It’s basically the equivalent of pouring a big ‘ol glass of water right on your tabletop. It just goes everywhere.”

Homeowners are encouraged to protect themselves by purchasing flood insurance, which is not part of regular homeowner’s policies. Information on flood insurance is available through your insurance agent or www.FloodSmart.gov.

The city of Colorado Springs and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are hosting a map of the burn area and flood risks online.

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