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Friday briefing updates flood response in Colorado Springs

By Scott Harrison
Published On: Sep 14 2013 01:33:45 AM CDT

City officials explain what they've done and will do to address flooding problems caused by recent heavy rain.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Colorado Springs city leaders held a briefing Friday to explain what they've done, and will do, in response to flooding.

Officials say more than 100 city employees are helping flood victims and removing debris.  The city also released a preliminary report on flood damage, saying there's extensive damage on Gold Camp and Cheyenne roads in particular and in other areas of the city's southwest side.

Police Chief Pete Carey said the department has created a unit of up to 60 officers dedicated to flood response.  Many of those officers were busy Thursday night closing intersections because of flooding.

Fire Chief Chris Riley said he has hired 13 firefighters to help man stations so a task force can patrol flood risk areas and be ready for rescues if necessary.

City officials said as of Friday morning, 12 people still were evacuated from their homes, and there have been three rescues and one fatality -- Danny Davis, 54, whose body was found Thursday morning in Fountain Creek near Interstate 25 and South Nevada Avenue.

Laura Neumann, chief of staff for Mayor Steve Bach, said three city parks will remain closed until further notice because of flooding.  They are Garden of the Gods, Rock Ledge Ranch and North Cheyenne Cañon.

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia was at the briefing.  He said he wanted to survey flood damage in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, then report back to Gov. John Hickenlooper.

"The state cares, but we've got a lot of other major problems up north that we're trying to deal with right now," he said, referring to more severe flooding in the Denver area.

Officials ask that residents avoid creeks until the flooding danger subsides, and have a disaster kit in case they're stranded at home for several days because of flooding.

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