Flooding and repairs update


Flooding from heavy rains near Michael Chiaramonte's house last year. - COURTESY DEAN LUCE
  • Courtesy Dean Luce
  • Flooding from heavy rains near Michael Chiaramonte's house last year.

Here's an update from the 40 Days and 40 Nights Department:

• First, City Council today unanimously approved Mayor Steve Bach's request to take $5 million from reserves to fix damage caused by severe weather this month.

Spending and projects, according to a news release, include:
Public Works
Rockrimmon Channel $2,000,000
Pebblewood slope stabilization $750,000
262 S. Academy Box Culvert Collapse $250,000
Cottonwood Creek Grade Control failure above Academy Blvd. $350,000
Corrugated Metal Pipe failures (Delmonico, Flintridge, Sodbuster Trail) $650,000
Public Works Total $4,000,000

Pikes Peak Greenway at El Pomar Youth Sports Complex $365,000
Pikes Peak Greenway South of Janitell-1 $346,000
Pikes Peak Greenway South of Janitell-3 $227,000
Foothills Trail in Garden of the Gods and Dakota Trail $35,000
Red Rock Canyon Open Space $27,000
Parks Total $1,000,000

Total Supplemental Appropriation $5,000,000
The release also says Bach signed a local disaster declaration May 18 based on an estimated $8.2 million in damages to public infrastructure from flooding from May 3 to 12, but has since amended the filing to add $3.8 million in damage caused through May 21.

Bach requested the special emergency appropriation to allow the city to begin repairs on the above high-priority projects while the disaster declaration is being considered for federal assistance.

The allocation reduces the city's reserves to about $29 million.

• Second, the city's closure of several parks and trails continues, except for the reopening of the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail between Polk and Tremont streets.

These are closed:

The Midland Trail between 26th Street and Ridge Road
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Foot Hills Trail within Garden of the Gods between Gateway Road and the Navigators
Pikes Peak Greenway Trail between Nevada Avenue and El Pomar Youth Sports Park

In addition, the city continues to ban climbing in Garden of the Gods, North Cheyenne Canon and Red Rock Canyon Open Space, says city spokeswoman Julie Smith. The rains cause sandstone to be very fragile, and possibly break off.

"To my knowledge," says long-time climber Bruce Hamilton via email ("Fault lines," Oct. 8, 2014), "the city has never done this before. I salute this positive step."

• Third, here's what Michael Chiaramonte had to say last week via email about his situation at the foot of a waterfall ("The waterfall no one wanted," Aug. 6, 2014):
Things are going....no floods yet. We have been watching closely and nervously. I did reach out to Corey Farkas [from city streets] to help keep the drain clear and he was responsive. Steve Gardner [from city stormwater engineering] came by and walked us through the city's plan which seems sound. I think they are supposed to start implementing within a month though I am not sure of their exact start date. We are looking forward to the drain being fixed and not having to worry about every rain

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