Thursday, September 12, 2013

How to stop a flood: Money helps

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM

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click image A geyser of muddy water erupted today in Manitou Springs next to the Cliff House. - FROM VIDEO SHOT BY JS4IV
  • From video shot by JS4IV
  • A geyser of muddy water erupted today in Manitou Springs next to the Cliff House.
n this week's cover story, I talked about the work being done in Williams Canyon to control the frequent floods that have terrorized Manitou Springs this summer.

Sadly, "How to stop a flood" appears to be interestingly timed. Manitou, along with much of the Front Range, is once again under water. Three more people are dead across the state, including a local man, 54-year-old Danny Davis.

Watching flood waters claim homes, business, streets and lives can leave a person feeling helpless. But there are things you can do. First and foremost, keep yourself and your family safe. Second, consider helping out the nonprofits that are trying to make our area less flood-prone, including the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and Rocky Mountain Field Institute. Third, give to charities that help victims.

Actually, there's a brand-new charity dedicated to Manitou Springs victims. Read on:

Manitou Springs Establishes Emergency and Recovery Fund

In the wake of recent flooding generated by runoff from the Waldo Canyon burn scar, the Manitou Springs community has established the Manitou Emergency and Recovery Fund through the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) to support emergency relief as well as short-term and long-term recovery efforts. Funds raised will be used to benefit non-profits and other agencies providing support to residents and businesses impacted by flooding, as well as benefit business recovery activities and infrastructure improvements. PPCF is underwriting all of the administrative costs associated with the Fund.

An advisory committee of Manitou residents and community leaders will oversee distribution of the funds and ensure contributions bring maximum benefit to the community. Advisors are Nancy Bramwell, Aimee Cox, Reverend Dave Hunting, Natalie Johnson, Marcy Morrison, Dan Stuart and [Independent publisher] John Weiss. Application requirements are forthcoming.

Donations made to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made by check payable to PPCF – Manitou Emergency and Recovery Fund (ME&RF) and mailed or hand-delivered to:

• Pikes Peak Community Foundation, 730 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
• Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829
• iManitou, 354 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829
• On-line giving will be available soon.

For more information contact Marcy Morrison at 719-685-5089 or via email at http://www.altweeklies.com/aan/managing-editor-at-the-village-voice/JobPosting?oid=7264662">ManitouRecoveryFund@gmail.com.
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