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No flooding problems Sunday in Ute Pass, Manitou

By Scott Harrison
Published On: Jul 15 2013 01:58:00 AM CDT

Authorities pleased with level of preparation.

The latest rainfall Sunday on the Waldo Canyon burn scar raised concern but caused no serious problems in Manitou Springs, Ute Pass and west Colorado Springs.

Authorities mobilized and stood ready to respond to any flash flooding similar to previous rain events.  However, no flooding was reported.

A voluntary evacuation center remained open overnight, however.  The Red Cross center at the Congregational Church on Pawnee Avenue opened late Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said six people spent the night there.  Those evacuees were in low-lying areas and went to the shelter as a precaution.  A few were camping in the area at the time.

"We're really happy it's turned out this way," said city spokesman David Hunting.  "We'd rather be prepared -- and we certainly have been prepared -- but we're just glad it hasn't turned out to be anything more than it has."

The center has cots and blankets for around 60 people.  Hunting said it will be available for future flash flooding threats.

"This is our new reality," he said.  "We've got to be prepared all through the summer."

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