Families in Black Forest prepare for possible flash floods

Families in Black Forest prepare for possible flash floods

29 July 2013

published by www.thedenverchannel.com


USA — Families in the Black Forest and Waldo Canyon burn scars were preparing for the possible flash floods Sunday. A warning was in effect Saturday through 11 p.m. Sunday.

“Even though the fire happened over a month ago, it’s re-living it, every time it floods,” said Michelle Andree who lost her home in the Black Forest fire.

Andree is one of many families who spent Saturday moving sandbags on her property in preparation for the flooding. Nearly 80 volunteers helped filled 1,000 sandbags and deliver them to homes Saturday. Volunteers with the group ‘Crosses for Losses’ have helped families since the Black Forest fire. Volunteer Amanda Davis told 7NEWS every time they hear a flash flood warning, there’s cause for concern.

“People are trying to protect what few things they have left, as well as neighbors are trying to keep from flooding their neighbors,” Davis said.

Sunday Andree and her husband Alan Havens cleaned debris on their property from the last heavy rainfall July 10th. Their fish pond is covered in mud and ash, and their driveway has eroded from the rain.

“Each time it floods more of that debris comes down and it’s more dangerous for everybody who’s around,” Andree said.

Spokesperson for the Black Forest fire department Kathy Russell told 7NEWS Reporter Lindsey Sablan the community is still trying to learn how the burn scar reacts to heavy rainfall.
 


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