Disaster emergency declaration authorizes $400,000 for burn scar flooding in El Paso County

National Guard can be used for search and rescue

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With the governor's declaration of a disaster emergency related to the recent flooding in El Paso County, $400,000 will be made available to fund the removal of debris and emergency protective measures.

Gov. John Hickenlooper formally declared the emergency in response to requests from El Paso County and the City of Manitou Springs. He had already given verbal approval.

According to the Governor's Office, the Colorado Office of Emergency Management will be responsible for directing and allocating the funding.

The disaster declaration includes the activation of the State Emergency Operations Plan. It requires all state departments and agencies to follow instructions issued by the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.

Additionally, Hickenlooper authorized the use of the National Guard to assist with search and rescue missions.