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CUSP calling for flood mitigation volunteers for Jan. 24 work near Cascade

Published: January 20, 2014, 9:23 am, by Matt Steiner
schroyer flood

Floodwaters, mud, rocks and other debris poured out of the Waldo Canyon burn scar, covering U.S. Highway 24 near Manitou Springs.
(John Schroyer, The Gazette)

The Coalition for the Upper South Platte issued an open call Monday for volunteers to do flood mitigation work related to the Waldo Canyon Fire burn are near Cascade.

CUSP is asking anyone interested in helping out Friday, Jan. 24 to come to the Cascade Fired Department at 8015 Severy Rd. for a 9 a.m. start time. Workers will be doing various jobs at many sites along U.S. Highway 24. The workday will last until 3 p.m.


Here are important notes about the Jan. 24 CUSP workday copied directly from the organization’s website:

  • CUSP will provide hard hats, tools and materials necessary to complete project work.
  • A portable restroom will be available on site.
  • Safety review and work demonstration will precede the project work.
  • Weather, which could create hazardous conditions, may cause the project to be canceled or rescheduled and will be posted at this site.

Please Bring:

Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
Sun glasses or safety glasses
Work gloves
Work boots with ankle support
Long pants are required, long sleeved shirts are strongly recommended
Water bottles – to carry with you – the use of reusable containers is encouraged
Sack lunches

What to Expect:

The burn area is in an exposed mountain environment.  Please be aware and prepared for potential hazards, including but not limited to: driving on mountainous roads with loose gravel and high flash flood potential; exposure to sun, wind, lightening and rapidly changing weather conditions; working with sharpened tools in areas with unstable terrain and footing; possible falling trees; and hiking at significant elevation.  Medications may have adverse effects in sun, heat or altitude, please list medications and medical conditions on the CUSP release form so staff may be aware of potential concerns. Know your limitations and inform staff immediately if you become ill or injured.  Be prepared to exit quickly in the event of an emergency or changing environmental conditions.  Please drink plenty of water prior to and during the project to avoid dehydration.  This project may not be suitable for expectant mothers.  This is a moderately challenging project requiring teamwork.