Colorado Springs councillors get a look at Fountain Creek flood damage after a rough early summer

Fountain Creek Watershed
Fountain Creek Watershed

From (Jessi Mitchell):

$2 million in damage remains in Pueblo’s Fountain Creek after unrelenting flooding earlier this year. It will cost much more to repair. The rain fell throughout southern Colorado, but the southern part of the river has arguably the most visible effects…

The rushing water coursed its way wherever it could find a path, destroying cement trails and creating a vast wasteland of dead trees and silt. Those from farther north say they now understand why Pueblo is asking for millions of dollars to help fix it. Colorado Springs city council president Merv Bennett says, “This is important for us in Colorado Springs to come down and see this. They’ve come up to Colorado Springs. That’s what neighbors do. We come and share in this and share in a dialogue as to finding solutions.”

The Springs council members admit there is a difference between driving down I-25 and looking at the creek, and actually getting up close to see it firsthand. The add, however, that their lack of stormwater management is not totally to blame. “A lot of this damage, a lot of this water comes in above Colorado Springs, and some of it comes in below Colorado Springs, so this is a regional issue,” says Bennett.

What they took away from the tour is a sense of cooperation. Looking to the future, Colorado Springs and Pueblo plan to work together in finding and creating the best solutions to keep this from happening again.

“It was just good to have them down here so they could see firsthand the devastation and they reassured us about their commitment,” says Pueblo city council vice president Ed Brown.

Colorado Springs mayor John Suthers told Pueblo city council in July that he plans to restart the city’s stormwater management enterprise program, and dedicated $19 million a year for mitigation efforts in Fountain Creek.

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