Before the Waldo Canyon Fire there were plenty of trees and the soil together absorbing most of the rain water. With plants burnt and soils bare, even as little as 1/2 inch of rain could pose a flood problem.
Sandbags will not be able to withstand a full on hit of a strong flash flood, but they will be able to provide a deflection of the water stream away from your property. Take precautions by starting to check this flood risk map below to see the flood risk of your property.Your might also want to sign up with weather alerts and have a plan in case of flooding.
A total of 50,000 bags are available and are being handed out to residents up to 100 bags a day until they run out. The sand you’ll have to buy separately but at least you have a start with the bags.
Good news: Filled sandbags will also be available for free on April 13 at the Verizon Human Resources building, at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road.
Sandbags (only) are available at the following locations:
Colorado Springs Together, 6840 Centennial Blvd., Suite
Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following fire stations:
Fire Station 5, 2830 W. Colorado Ave.
Fire Station 9, 622 Garden of the Gods Rd.
Fire Station 12, 445 Rockrimmon Blvd.
Fire Station 18, 6830 Hadler View
Enter your address and see if your property might be affected:
|Potential Flood Points|
|Impacted Drainage Basins|
|Pre-Wildfire 1% Annual Flood Hazard (100yr, 1997 Effective)|
|Pre-Wildfire 0.2% Annual Flood Hazard (500yr, 1997 Effective)|
|Waldo Canyon Fire Perimeter|