Manitou Springs community tries to clean up after flood sweeps through town

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -- A town popular for its scenic setting was covered in mud after a violent flood ripped through the area Friday evening.

Mud was caked on residences, on businesses and homes. The flood’s power sent one house floating down Fountain Creek, injuring its tenant who suffered a broken leg and pelvis.

At one Manitou Springs apartment complex, eight families have lost everything. Mud is piling 4-feet high outside the building and keeps building.

Residents have salvaged what they can, while the complex owner struggles with how to help her tenants.

“I have nowhere to put the mud, to put the trash,” she said.

A disaster relief center has helped people devastated by the deadly deluge.

“We lost everything but our clothes,” one resident said Saturday.

There is no help for people like Angie Findley, a business owner who buys and re-sells clothing on Ebay.

“We just moved this in like three weeks ago. It’s  $75,000 worth of clothes” Findley said, adding that she has no insurance. “I am devastated because I spent hours on it.” She will have to remove 1,200 items from the store’s website.

It's a mess that has motivated those in Manitou to clean it up in an effort to bring back the town’s beauty.

However, an ugly fear remains.

“There`s nothing to stop it. if it happens again, there`s nothing to stop it,” one resident said. “Every time it rains for the next decade, we’re going to have to deal with this. So we’re  very concerned.”

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