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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- In the Shadow Mountain subdivision, many of the more than 300 homes which were destroyed last summer, are being rebuilt.

Some say neighborhoods destroyed in the Waldo Canyon fire are undergoing the fastest rebuild project they have ever seen. Residents are back in while homes next door are getting finishing touches.

Wednesday the National Weather Service put the neighborhood on Flood Watch since the forecast is calling for heavy, continued rain through the end of the week.

“I am just out here using landscaping rocks in a bit of a wall, to keep the water from building up and flooding our new basement,” said Marty Novak-Haynes.

“Our biggest concern is there is no landscaping or vegetation on the mountainside, meaning the rain could cause mud and debris to flow down through our neighborhood. We are doing what we can to keep from going through yet another disaster.”

Crews working inside continued on even though it was raining. But those outside had to call it a day.

As water pounded the area, we also checked in on The Flying W Ranch, just up the road.

Russ Wolfe and his family owned all the land Shadow Mountain homes and others are built on.

Wolfe bought the land when he retired from the service after the big one, WWII.

Over the years he and relatives sold off parcels for development. At the historic cowboy ranch, they are reconstructing the old west town, but he says a re-opening is a year or so off.

On June 26, there will be a benefit in a nearby park, the concert to feature the Flying W singing cowboys and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. June 26 is when the Waldo Canyon Fire began. It eventually became the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history in terms of number of homes destroyed.

This weekend in the burn scar area the city of Colorado Springs will continue to hand out sandbags to residents to help keep homes dry and channel water into nearby drains.

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