Brush councillors receive update on stormwater improvements

From The Fort Morgan Times (Paul Albani-Burgio):

Storm water flooding has been a long-standing problem in Brush, but City Manager Monty Torres recently told the city council that the city has made significant strides towards addressing that problem in recent years.

During a presentation made to the council at its most recent meeting, Torres explained that the city is nearly finished with a five-phase downtown storm water improvement project. During that project, large inlets were installed on the downtown blocks, along with a 60-inch drainage pipe that is double the size of the old pipe.

Torres said each of those phases cost $1 million-plus. Grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Department of Transportation covered the majority of those costs, according to the city manager…

Torres said the city has also made improvements to its storm inlets, which are designed to take in water during storms. Most of those improvements took the form of open-throated gates, which Torres said are designed to continue to take in storm water even if leaves and other debris build up around the grate’s opening. Torres said the previous grates the city had in place would often get clogged with newspapers, leaves and other debris during storms.

Torres said that some new inlets have been installed at strategic points throughout the city in order to prevent flooding during the majority of the city’s storms. He said the inlets would quickly take care of the water produced by 90 percent of the city’s storms. Torres said that there would be another 5 percent of storms where the water would sit in the street for only a short time before being drained away.

That left the most severe 5 percent of storms, which Torres said would still likely lead to flooding…

The city manager said Brush also has more flooding projects on the horizon, including one intended to reduce flooding on Williams Street and another that would reduce flooding at the city’s golf course, which would also help to reduce flooding on Cambridge Street near the course. However, Torres said the latter project would be contingent on the city receiving additional funds to go through with paving the course’s parking lot from the J/N Foundation, its partner on that project.

Torres said the city will also continue to look at adding additional inlets throughout Brush. However, he cautioned that the city does not have the funds to put in an inlet “whenever someone finds puddle of water.” Rather, those inlets will continue to be installed in strategic locations to help reduce flooding throughout the city.

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