We just spoke with Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder who is heading to the scene of the floods on Canon Avenue to survey the damage.
Snyder says he understands that Upper Williams Canyon got about 1.5 inches of rain over the course of 60-90 minutes. That exceeded the threshold of stormwater infrastructure in Williams Canyon. He says that he has been told that water went over the top of the culvert leading out of Williams where the culvert goes underground. That may have been cause by branches and trees damming the culvert.
He says he believes that crews have already cleaned out the culvert. More clouds are moving in on the area.
“We’re just putting everything back together as quickly as we can," he says, "in anticipation that we may get another event.”
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We just spoke with co-owner Bill Stein at Creekside Cuisine & Craft Beer, located in the former Adam's Mountain Cafe space in the Manitou Spa Building.
Nearly two years ago to the day, Adam's flooded after heavy rains on the burn scar above Manitou, and the restaurant took on a significant amount of water and mud.
By Stein's account today, mitigation efforts on the part of Creekside partner and building contractor Chuck Murphy proved somewhat, but not totally successful. Four scuppers installed on the new patio wall kept water from overwhelming the patio but couldn't keep up with the strong water flow. Stein believes about 24 inches of water was up against his walls and windows, though "very little got inside," fortunately.
In the wake of the flow, he says roughly six inches of mud remained on the patio and the building's rotunda area was also in need of a thorough scrubbing.
"We're going to hose down, and god willing and if the river doesn't rise again, we'll open tomorrow," he says.
Stein confirms other local reports that "it only rained here a few minutes, but about 15 minutes later the water started coming" from around the spa building's side that meets up with Soda Springs Park.
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