City out in force for flood duty

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Fire Chief Chris Riley briefs reporters Friday morning, with Mayor Steve Bach, right, and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, standing by. City public communications worker Jarrod Rego is on the left. - PAM ZUBECK
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  • Fire Chief Chris Riley briefs reporters Friday morning, with Mayor Steve Bach, right, and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, standing by. City public communications worker Jarrod Rego is on the left.

Nearly 120 city workers worked through the night and remain on duty today to combat flooding caused by a deluge of rain over the last several days, city officials said during a news briefing this morning.

"This is a dynamic and evolving incident," said fire chief Chris Riley, who was in his fifth day on the job on Friday. "This is a catastrophic and devastating event."

Emergency operations director Bret Waters said 118 fire, police, streets and support services personnel have been working to help relocate residents in the path of flood waters, mostly along Cheyenne Creek. They also are barricading roads when the need arises, clearing storm drains that become clogged, which was the case Thursday night at 19th and Uintah streets, causing water to create a lake at the westside intersection.

Chief of Staff Laura Neumann said city workers were assessing damage, and a report is expected later Friday. "We just started assessment this morning," she said at the news briefing. The assessment is focusing on bridges.

So far, only 12 residents have evacuated, most from a trailer park near 31st Street and Colorado Avenue, police chief Pete Carey said.

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