Flood Monitoring Devices to be Set-Up in Waldo Canyon

November 7, 2013 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - EL PASO COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will be installing rain monitoring equipment in Waldo Canyon next week, requiring several minor traffic stops each day.

A helicopter is required to install the equipment, necessitating quick over-flights of U.S. 24 at the west end of Manitou Springs.  Ten trips in and out of the canyon are expected each of the following days, about every 10 minutes:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon

The helicopter will be stationed on the southeast corner of the Highway 24/Serpentine Drive/Cave of the Winds Road intersection, and that traffic signal will be manually operated, stopping traffic for about 30 seconds each time the copter is taking off or landing, allowing it to safely cross the highway without flying over vehicles.

Installing the video monitoring equipment will provide:

  • A real time video feed camera, providing CDOT and USGS with the ability to see if a rain event is producing debris flow or just water
  • A non-contact stage gauge, measuring the depth of flow in Waldo Canyon with radar
  • An additional rain gauge, bolstering CDOT/USGS’s network of rain gauges in the canyon burn scar area

MEDIA – PLEASE NOTE: Please contact Bob Wilson at the number above if interested in viewing next week’s operation.