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Earth-filled water from a heavy rainstorm begins to flow over a drainage creek during flooding which occurred three days after a deadly flash flood struck at the same location, causing millions of dollars in damage. Denver Water, the state's largest municipal utility, is still spending millions of dollars to stem erosion 12 years after the Hayman Fire, then Colorado's largest ever, burned across 215 square miles in the foothills south of Denver.

Fires and Floods: Cost of Recovery for Colorado


Drenching rain in the wildfire-blackened hills below Colorado's Pikes Peak sent a torrent of rock and mud into the tourist town of Manitou Springs this month, killing a 53-year-old man and smashing into dozens of houses.

It had been more than a year since the enormous Waldo Canyon Fire roared across the slopes above. But its burn scar is just beginning to recover, with little plant material - living or dead - to absorb this year's late-summer rains.

So when the storm came on Aug. 9, the runoff raced down, destroying or damaging 36 homes, engulfing half a dozen cars and killing John Collins, who was driving home from work. Manitou Springs was smeared with reddish mud and debris.