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Fountain Creek flood project in Manitou Springs could easily hit six figures

By Carl Winder, Multimedia Journalist, carl.winder@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 09 2014 12:10:19 AM CST

Wright Water Engineering's goal is to remove sediment from Fountain Creek and protect the homes and businesses near it. The project will cost at least $150,000. Manitou Springs City Council and Wright Water is asking residents to help with the funds.

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -

An engineering firm wants to create flood projects on Fountain Creek in Manitou Springs, but it needs financial help to start construction.

Eddie Zwierski works at Good Karma Restaurant in Manitou Springs.

He still has memories of when the summer floods hit the city.

"We have a hole in the floor, and we could see (floodwater) coming up," Zwierski said.

His restaurant is above Fountain Creek, and Manitou Springs City Council is protecting the city from the damage Zwierski experienced.

City Council members voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Wright Water Engineering to help with flood projects in the city.

One of Wright Water's goals is to remove sediments from Fountain Creek, flood proofing select locations and creating flood barriers on the creek.

Right now, engineers are in the planning phase of Fountain Creek.

But to start construction, city leaders said Wright Water needs at least $150,000 for the project.

"The city is working on funding issues," said Ian Paton, who works for Wright Water Engineering.

He said the work on Fountain Creek isn't going to be done overnight.

"(Fountain Creek) is an ongoing project that needs to be resolved. This is a long-term solution, there isn't a quick way to fix (Fountain Creek)," Paton said.

City Council and Wright Water Engineering are asking the community to help pay for the flood projects.

City leaders tell us they're not sure yet if that means a new tax and all options are on the table.

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