Predictions of downtown flooding came true for Manitou Springs.
While Manitou Springs escaped the kind of flooding it saw in 2013, the city still saw widespread infrastructure damage. It will receive part of a $20 million federal disaster grant.

While supplies last, Colorado Springs residents can pick up free unfilled sandbags to help protect their homes from potential flooding. The bags may be obtained only at the following four Colorado Springs fire stations and one in Security:

• Fire Station 5, 2830 W. Colorado Ave.;

• Fire Station 9, 622 Garden of the Gods Road;

• Fire Station 12, 445 Rockrimmon Blvd;

• Fire Station 13, 1475 Cresta Road; and

• Security Fire Station 1, 400 Security Blvd.

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Free sand to fill the bags is available free at the parking lot of Wilson United Methodist Church, 6460 Flying W Ranch Road, also while it lasts. Citizens taking the bags must sign a city form.

If the fire station is in service, personnel stationed there may not be present to hand out the bags. The city asks that citizens either wait for the firefighters’ return or stop by later. Citizens may take only 100 bags for each address per day. They may pick up more bags if needed on a different day.

The bags will include instruction on sandbag placement, the Colorado Springs Emergency Preparedness Guide and other information.

Residents are advised to consult a certified erosion and sediment control consultant or contractor to manage flooding mitigation on their private property. Sandbags should not be placed in the public right-of-way. For information on potential flooding, visit