MANITOU SPRINGS - Loud sirens warning people to quickly move to higher ground has become the new normal for folks in Manitou Springs.
Changes have been made to how emergency crews respond to flood warnings after Friday's deadly flood.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said they will close down U.S. 24 every time a flash flood warning is issued. Manitou Springs Fire Cheif Keith Buckmiller said first responders will be more aggressive in their approach.
"We learned from Friday that we have to utilize all of our resources. We can't count on any one particular agency to give us data," Buckmiller said. "We have an agreement with a couple other fire departments. We call them and they dump what they're doing and they race their apparatus across town to join us."
Buckmiller said since July, an incident command post has been set up at the elementary school in town. Everyone from emergency management officials to police and fire chiefs are in one place to strategize and determine where the hardest hit areas are and where people need help.
"We got more aggressive finding out what works best, what doesn't work so well. We're going to have this problem for a long time," Buckmiller said.
Chief Buckmiller said events and festivals will continue to go on in Manitou Springs. Town leaders will always convene, he said, to insure the safety of everyone who lives or visits the town.
He said the Pikes Peak Marathon this weekend will continue because event participants won't be in the path of the Waldo Canyon runoff. Participants will be asked to park their cars at the high school so they are out of the way of any potential danger.
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