When the expected and much feared finally occurred July 1, Joy Barrett’s home at 609 Canon Ave. in Manitou Springs became a focal point of the power and destruction of flash floods pouring out of the Waldo Canyon burn scar.
Here yellow, two-story house just yards from the mouth of Williams Canyon took the brunt of flowing water, mud, rocks and other debris. Barrett was told later by the building department that the location was too dangerous and her house would have to be destroyed.
The Manitou Springs city council voted Tuesday to purchase the property and use it for future flood mitigation.
Below are links to the initial report from the July 1 flood and a blog post by former Gazette intern Jesse Paul hinting that Barrett’s house on Canon Avenue might have been haunted.