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Stay away from creeks and moving bodies of water.

Please remember to tune into local media or follow the US National Weather Service Pueblo Colorado for more updates on weather conditions!

Flooding Safety & Preparedness Tips

Anywhere it rains, it can flood. Learn your risk level for floods by entering your address at https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. Sign-up for Peak Alerts at PeakAlerts.Org so you can be notified of of emergency situations that are a threat to life or property and are deemed dangerous by public safety officials.

Flood Warning means “Take Action!” because flooding is either happening or will happen shortly. A Watch means “Be Aware” because conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.

If you approach a flooded road, path, or walkway follow this rule: Turn Around, Don’t Drown®

Know several routes out of your neighborhood, including routes that do not cross a waterway, in case you’re directed to leave by local authorities due to a flood.

Citizen Connect

El Paso County Citizen Connect is a resource for residents to engage with elected officials, report problems, and create service requests with a click of a mouse or touch of a button. Residents concerned about drainage maintenance, pothole, and washout can submit service requests through Citizen Connect.

To submit a request:

  • Navigate to citizenconnect.elpasoco.com
  • Select “Create Service Request”
    • On a desktop/laptop, the button will be in the upper right corner of the screen
    • On a mobile device, you must select “menu” in the upper right corner to see the option
  • Select service request type from the drop down (drainage maintenance, pothole, washout, etc.)
  • Complete the form
  • Submit
    • You will receive a confirmation and request number which you can reference for the status of your request

To submit a request using the EPC Citizen Connect app, download the app which is available for Android and iPhone users.

You can also call the Department of Public Works Customer Service at 719-520-6460.

View the how-to video below for more information and instructions.

Resources for Recovery

The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs, is collecting information about specific damages from recent flooding and hailstorms.

The purpose is to assess the financial impact to the community and evaluate potential sources of assistance. There is no guarantee of reimbursement, loans, or any other aid.

County or City residents should fill out the online questionnaire if damage occurred from June 8- 23, 2023, and resulted in one or more of the following:

  • Commercial/Industrial Damage, especially damage to basements and/or damage preventing access to homes
  • Residential Damage
  • Public Facility Damage
  • Debris Clearance/Removal
  • Small Business Economic Impact

In the description of damage, please be sure to specify the location and type of damage, such as impact to basements or access to homes. Anyone experiencing damage that falls outside the above conditions are encouraged to talk with their private insurance providers.

Information will be retained for future follow-up, as details of potential funding assistance are confirmed. You will be contacted at the email address provided with additional information.

Road Closures

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  • JD Johnson (between Garrett & Falcon Highway)
  • Peyton Highway (Spencer Road to Judge Orr Road)

View the video below to learn more about the Department of Public Works and Road Closures from Kevin Mastin, Executive Director of Public Works.

To report a damaged road, park, or an interruption to any El Paso County property or service, please use Citizen Connect as outlined above.

Hail Safety & Preparedness Tips

Hail is a significant risk anywhere in Southern Colorado during Spring, Summer, and Fall. Late spring (May and June) are particularly prone to large hail and more frequent hail storms. Our hope is that you would find resources to help you recover from the recent hail storm, and also to prepare for future potential hail threats.

To best prepare for hail storms and mitigate damage, take the below precautions to protect people, homes, and vehicles safe during a storm.

You can watch hail radar and track the effect of recent hailstorms by visiting https://www.interactivehailmaps.com/local-hail-map/colorado-springs-co/. Sign-up for Peak Alerts at PeakAlerts.Org so you can be notified of of emergency situations that are a threat to life or property and are deemed dangerous by public safety officials.

Tips to prepare your home for a hailstorm

  • Review your insurance policies annually and be sure you know what they cover, and what restrictions or requirements they contain. Consider purchasing flood insurance separately, as flooding is often not included in homeowner coverage. More information on flood insurance is at http://floodsmart.gov.
  • Ensure your roof is in good condition. The roof is your home’s first line of defense and years of severe weather, heat and other factors can wear it out and create weak spots that are susceptible to breaking under strong hail. Complete routine inspections, maintenance, and proper weathering to ensure you roof will hold through large hail.
  • Protect windows, doors and skylights from potential strikes from hail. Storm shutters can greatly reduce or eliminate damage from hail and high winds. Consider installing shutters if you live in areas prone to hail damage. If you are replacing windows, consider installing impact resistant options that can weather harsh storms.
  • Secure outdoor items or bring them inside. Move all outdoor valuables such as patio furniture or grilling equipment to a safe space like a garage or shed when you know a storm is approaching. For larger items that can’t be moved to a secure place, cover with a tarp or similar protective barrier to mitigate against damage

Hailstorm safety tips

In an automobile

  • Stop driving and seek shelter to prevent damage to your vehicle. If you see shelter nearby (highway underpass, service station awning, etc.), drive to it as soon as you can. Make sure you pull completely off the highway. Be careful when pulling you vehicle under shelter that the roof has enough clearance for the vehicle to safely fit underneath.
  • Stay inside the vehicle until it stops hailing to avoid bodily harm.
  • Protect your eyes and get as close to the interior and as far away from the windows as possible. If possible, get onto the floor face down or lie down with your back to the windows.
  • Care for small children by putting them underneath under you and covering their eyes.

In a building

  • Stay inside until it stops hailing to avoid bodily harm.
  • Stay away from windows in case of hail busting through.
  • Account for all family members, building occupants, pets, and other live creatures that could be outside. Get them indoors and way from windows as fast as possible.

Outside

  • Seek shelter immediately, whether it be under a rock or just nestling into the ground. Avoid sheltering under trees as hail often breaks tree branches. If you can’t find something to protect your entire body, find something to protect your head. If nearby to a building, get inside quickly while covering your head.
  • Stay out of culverts and lowland areas that may suddenly fill with water. Learn more about flood risk at https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search.

You can read more about hail and thunderstorm safety tips by visiting Ready.Gov or FEMA.gov‘s helpful pages.