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Manitou tests warning sirens as flood season approaches

Published On: Jun 05 2014 07:54:49 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 06 2014 10:52:08 AM CDT

The Manitou Springs Police Department tested its Flood Warning System.

Manitou Springs, Colo. -

Loud sirens blasted all through Manitou Springs Thursday afternoon (6/5/14) as law enforcement officers tested its flash flood warning system.

Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro says the sirens are a last resort signaling a potential flood is just minutes away.

"The flood siren is our last ditch effort," Ribeiro said.  "When the siren is going that's a message is to seek higher ground immediately and that a flood is imminent."

Ribeiro remembers last year when the sirens went off some people rushed to Fountain Creek instead of playing it safe and leaving the area. Residents and business owners say they are grateful for this test.

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