Monday Newscast, 8/10/15, 5:32 PM

Aug 10, 2015

Newscast for Monday, August 8, 2015, 5:32 PM:

  • Emergency responders across the Pikes Peak region conducted a number of rescues as a fast-moving storm brought flash flooding to Manitou Springs and other parts of El Paso County Monday afternoon. Among the operations, the Cimarron Hills Fire Department responded to a stranded driver near Powers and Constitution.  Manitou Springs initiated street closures and evacuated its City Hall, and the Alpine Autism Center west of Mountain Shadows Park near Flying W Ranch Road in Colorado Springs faced mud, debris and high water.
  • Governor John Hickenlooper has declared a state of emergency after last week's release of hazardous water into the Cement Creek and Animas River in southwestern Colorado. The declaration allocates $500,000 from the state's disaster fund to help pay for the response.  State crews continue to assist the EPA in monitoring conditions.  The 3-million gallon spill contains lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals. The EPA triggered the release of the hazardous water while working to remove it from an abandoned mine site near Silverton.