June 2, 2013 | Volunteer Spotlight
Verizon teams up with Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management to host Sand Bag Saturday
Verizon is Lending a Helping Hand and Supporting Communities Bracing for Spring Floods in Colorado
Verizon partnered with The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management distributing 10,000 free sandbags to 500 families and individuals on May 18th as the community braces for the risk of spring floods.
“Cars were backed up trying to get to the Verizon parking lot where the event was staged, and all the bags were gone by early afternoon”, said Ken Hughlett, the city's emergency management coordinator.
“Verizon is a part of the Mountain Shadows Community and continues to support the families that were impacted by the Waldo Canyon fire. We are close to Spring and the rain storms and the runoff down the mountains. The sandbagging effort provided sandbags for homeowners to reroute the water from the rain storms away from their homes and hopefully prevent any further damage to the properties", said Dona Quinlan, PS&T Strategic Program Operations Support.
Flood concerns are a top issue in northwest Colorado Springs in the wake of last year's Waldo Canyon fire. The 18,000-acre blaze stripped the hills, making the area vulnerable to flash flooding that experts fear could flow into west side neighborhoods.
Since last fall, The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and over 100 Verizon volunteers have partnered on three sandbag events in total.
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