Homeowners near Waldo burn area offered free sand bags in anticipation of flooding

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Homeowners near the Waldo Canyon burn scar are being offered free sand for sandbags in anticipation of flooding in that part of Colorado Springs.

As of noon Friday, that area is included in a flash flood watch that extends through 10 p.m.

On July 10, flooding in the area swept vehicles along Highway 24 away and coated others in black mud.

The City of Colorado Springs announced that the Office of Emergency Management has established a self-help sandbag filling station at Wilson United Methodist Church, located at 6460 Flying W Ranch Road. The sand is available during daylight hours on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents must bring their own shovels and sandbags, but empty bags are available for free at four Colorado Springs fire stations. Each address can get up to 100 bags per day at:

- Station 18: 6830 Hadler View near Flying W Road and Centennial Blvd.

- Station 9: 622 Garden of the Gods Rd.

- Station 12: 445 Rockrimmon Blvd.

- Station 5: 2830 W. Colorado Ave.