Fires in El Paso County have significantly changed the landscape, presenting risk of debris flow and flooding. Hillsides once protected by vegetation have been compromised and precipitation could have significant impacts on the landscape. Residents both in the burned area and those downstream of those areas should be prepared for potential flooding and are strongly urged to purchase flood insurance.
Download the Flood Preparedness Brochure
Tetanus: After a flash flood, there is risk of injury as cleanup efforts begin. Tetanus is a concern for persons with both open and closed wounds, and a tetanus vaccination is recommended for all residents or first responders who have not had a documented dose within the past five years. Contact your medical provider to determine if you need the Tdap vaccine. You may also contact Public Health's Immunization Clinic.
Infectious Disease: Flood Waters or Standing Waters
Create a plan to move everyone in your family to higher ground during a flood event and make sure each member of your family understands the plan.
Have a 72-hour kit ready to go in case you need to evacuate – remember the 6 P’s in your planning – papers, pills (medicine), phone, pets, purse (money) and photos.
Stay aware of local flash flood warnings through local radio, TV and on www.weather.gov/pueblo. Have a battery-operated radio available.
Register your phone (land line or cell) for emergency notifications at www.elpasoteller911.org.
Purchase flood insurance – most homeowners’ policies do not cover flooding. www.floodsmart.gov.
Take photos of your belongings in case you need to file insurance claims after a flood event.
Move to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.
Do not attempt to walk across flowing streams, drive through flooded roadways or allow children to play in drainage areas (just 6 inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet).
If water rises in your home before you can evacuate, move to the top floor, attic or roof.
Stay aware of local flash flood warnings through local radio, TV and on www.weather.gov/Pueblo. Have a battery-operated radio available.
If you come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.
If you see clogged inlets or other public drainage infrastructure problems, report it immediately to: City Streets Division (719) 385-5934 or El Paso County Public Service Dept. (719) 520-6891
Reserve the use of 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies. For non-emergent needs requiring public safety response, call 444-7000 within City limits or 390-5555 in El Paso County. For information related questions, call Pikes Peak United Way Information & Referral at (719) 955-0742.
Re-entry and cleanup
After a Flood: Precautions When Returning to Your Home
CDC: Cleaning and Sanitizing with Bleach after an Emergency
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: After the flood: guide to returning to your home and cleaning up
EPA: A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home
Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems
Food and Water Safety
Disinfection of Drinking Water Supply Wells Contaminated by Flood Waters
Guidance for Determining Compliance with Boil Water Orders
OSHA Fact Sheet: Flood Cleanup
OSHA Fact Sheet: Cleanup Hazards
Tetanus and First Aid Guidance