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Flood control projects updated in Colorado Springs

By Scott Harrison
Published On: Apr 02 2014 08:52:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 05 2014 12:30:51 AM CDT

Colorado Springs crews race weather to finish before summer thunderstorms arrive.

Progress continues on emergency flood control projects in Colorado Springs with a total cost of around $9 million.

City leaders conducted a media tour of the projects Wednesday.

The city is spending $750,000 to install 1,000 feet of a 96-inch drainage pipe into Cheyenne Creek, off South Eighth Street.  The pipe failed during heavy rain and flooding last fall.

"The whole bottom had rusted out," said Tim Mitros, the city's stormwater manager.  "It was gone."

The failed pipe caused damage to a commercial parking lot and several nearby homes.

"That creek really was almost overflowing -- at least by our house, it was really close to overflowing -- and just around the corner, it was overflowing," said Erin Gerrells, a resident.  "So I think it's good that they are doing something."

The city also will build two large retention basins to trap sediment from the Waldo Canyon burn scar.  One will be located along Camp Creek near Garden of the Gods; the other will be near Douglas Creek above the Flying W Ranch. 

The total cost of the projects includes renovation work in Douglas Creek.  Sections of the creek are close to neighborhoods and were damaged in previous flooding.

Workers plan to finish the projects by the first week of July.

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