Manitou Springs residents want wildfire aid

9:41 AM, Aug 16, 2013   |    comments
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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Some Manitou Springs residents are questioning why federal wildfire disaster aid isn't available to help them as they clean up from flooding and mudslides tied to the Waldo Canyon burn area.

They put the question to Gov. John Hickenlooper as he toured the devastation Thursday evening. There wasn't much notice of the governor's visit and The Gazette reports that many people who showed up to talk to him came straight from scooping up mud.

Hickenlooper told them that federal disaster aid doesn't come in packages and doesn't take into account the potential for flooding but he says he plans to try to change that view.

Residents also asked officials gathered with the governor whether the city could pay for dumpsters they've rented to collect trash that has been piling up.

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