Recovery of Manitou Springs begins, volunteers requested

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Once the heavy hail storms had passed, the people of Manitou Springs were in the streets cleaning up, Monday evening. 

“We’re out there with shovels and everything, even some of the homeless grabbed the shovel and started helping. Even though they are homeless they still live here, so they have a little bit of pride,” said Daniel Vince who lives in Manitou Springs

Manitou was flooded and covered in hail, some streets were turned to rivers during the worst of the storm, and parts of downtown looked like they were blanketed in snow from the hail. 

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been hit with this much water in such a short period of time. And that became a real concern for us,” said David Husted with the Colorado Springs Police Department. 

Manitou saw the worst of the storm in El Paso County. Calm creeks turned to raging waters, and shop owners getting out the shop owners, in July. 

“As you can see, it dumped hail,” said Vince. “I feel bad for some of the business because they’ve had some damage and everything.”

Starting Monday night county road crews got to work to clear roads and culverts. 

The City of Manitou Springs posted on Facebook Monday morning asking for volunteers. 

Part of the post read: “For those of you who would like to volunteer in the cleanup from yesterday’s storm, we are asking all volunteers to report at the Manitou Springs Fire Department for instructions, directions, and supplies. And many thanks in advance!”

The city reported that there were no causalities, significant injuries or missing person reports. 

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