Carlee Keppler-Carson 
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Re: “How bad was it? A meteorologist explains

Yes, it could have been much worse. Yes, it is tragic that life was lost as well as property. Manitou has always had a resourcefulness and resilience as a community. But in the past few days I've heard blame for this event being thrown around from climate change to the forest service. What I have not heard, yet again, is ownership of things that could have been done to lessen the severity of the event. Manitou has had its share of flooding, all one needed to do was look inside the old bottling plant as it sat wallowing for years before it was saved, to see water lines, let alone know the previous history of flooding even before they moved the river. The fire was the icing on the cake for the canyons, highway and the river. The forest service warned of just this type of incident after the fire and yet very few took mitigation measures here or in Mountain Shadows in the aftermath, just as before, it will never happen to me .... As sad as it is, only when tragedy strikes does anyone act. The band aides put on the slopes of 24 are no longer a safety measure and the cement used to contain the river through the area won't hold the water back. Maybe now real measures to prevent this from happening with such force will take place.

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Posted by Carlee Keppler-Carson on 08/14/2013 at 2:00 PM

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