by William Fortune
The American Red Cross opened a Disaster Assistance Center on Tuesday, Aug. 13, to provide recovery assistance and clean-up tools for Manitou Springs residents and business owners affected by flash flooding that has caused extensive damage.
Red Cross volunteers met with affected residents, provided comfort, and handed out shovels, clean-up kits and work gloves. Many homes and businesses were awash with mud and debris that flowed into the town from flash flooding caused by heavy rains over the Waldo Canyon Burn scar.
Volunteer Eileen Pekarak (pictured above) talked with Manitou Springs resident Charles (C.H.) Rocky about recovery and other support resources that are available. Charles said he appreciated the information the Red Cross gave him and the clean up supplies.
"I saw your volunteers in the community on Saturday and Sunday. They were talking to people about how to be safe and things to watch out for," Rocky said. "The folks I talked to were very helpful and told me to come here (to the assistance center) for more help. You guys have been great. Thanks for helping in our community."
Mr. Rocky is a resident and business owner and has focused mainly on cleaning the basement/storage area. He said the mud was over a foot deep, but he had brought in help to get most of it out. The clean-up kit will help him get the rest out and prevent more damage from mold and mildew.