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Free sandbags available to Colorado Springs residents

Published: March 15, 2013, 3:48 pm, by Ryan Handy

BY KASSONDRA CLOOS

Residents fearing flash floods surging from of the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar can pick up free sand bags starting Friday to protect their homes.

The bags will  be empty, but residents can take up to 100 bags a day until the supply of about 50,000 runs out, said city emergency management coordinator Ken Hughlett.

Bags will be available at four Colorado Springs fire stations starting Friday and at Colorado Springs Together starting Monday. If the firetruck isn’t at the station when people go to pick up sandbags, Hughlett said people should wait for someone to return or come back later. Residents will also get a list of local sand vendors and flood information including a DVD explaining sandbag placement.

Flash flooding will be a rapid event, Hughlett said.

“It’s only a temporary measure to give you time to get out of your house and away from floodwaters,” he said.

Filled sandbags will also be available for free on April 13 at the Verizon Human Resources building, at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road.

Theresa Springer, Waldo Fire rehabilitation coordinator at the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, said correct sandbag placement is important but can be complicated.

“The No. 1 rule is you’re deflecting water with the flow of water,” she said. “Sandbag walls cannot take a head-on hit.”

Addresses:

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