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Flood Monitoring Equipment Installed On Waldo Canyon

Published On: Nov 12 2013 07:47:30 PM CST
MANITOU SPRINGS, Co -

People living in the Waldo Canyon area could soon get advanced warning when severe weather is about to strike. The Colorado Department of Transportation and the United States Geological Survey are installing video monitoring equipment on top of Waldo Canyon.

The two used a helicopter to lift the equipment to the top of Waldo Canyon Tuesday. They will install the equipment Wednesday and finish up on Thursday.

C-Dot says the technology could speed up warning times and save lives. "This could give us about ten minutes of advanced warning that a debris flow is coming and that should be adequate for us to react and get the highway shut down at key locations," says C-DOT Hydraulics Engineer Andy Stecklein.

"Yes it could drastically reduce the loss of life if roads could be closed in a timely fashion but that would have to be done very quickly," says Manitou Springs resident Michael Cercone.

C-DOT says if the system works as well as it hopes Williams Canyon could be the next to get the video monitoring equipment.

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