100 Boy Scouts evacuate Colorado camp because of flooding; Camp evacuated by fire last year

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 8, 2014 - 3:10 PM

WALSENBURG, Colo. — About 100 Boy Scouts are back at their southern Colorado camp after being evacuated because of flooding.

The scouts left the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch on school buses and sheriff's vehicles before dawn Tuesday after rain caused a creek on the property near Walsenburg to rise.

They went to a Red Cross shelter in Walsenburg and authorities cleared them to return around midday. Scout executive Michael Stewart says the scouts, most of them from southwestern Kansas, were camping in tents above Bear Creek and weren't in immediate danger.

Scouts there were also forced to evacuate last year by a wildfire, which has made the land more prone to flooding.

The scouts have been getting a real-life lesson in conservation by planting trees and grass to prevent erosion and flooding.

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