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City Provides Updated Damage Assessment for Tuesday, Sept. 17
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday at of 10:30 a.m.

Colorado Springs, Colo. – During a news conference this morning the City of Colorado Springs released the following information related to recent flooding within the city and flood recovery efforts:

  • Voluntary Evacuation Order for Cheyenne Creek area residents was lifted effective 11 a.m. today, Sept. 17.
  • Conservative estimates of damage to city infrastructure, as a result of flooding since Sept. 11, to include Public Works and Parks assets, is currently $10 million. This estimate will change as damage assessments continue and this amount does not include emergency response costs or damage to private property.
  • Initial damage assessments include approximately 89 homes that were visible from exterior inspection with a significant amount of homes that experienced basement flooding.

Disaster Assistance Center for Flood Victims:

In collaboration with several City, County and Regional partners a Disaster Assistance Center will open to provide services and information to help residents through the recovery process. Projected open date is Friday, Sept 20. More information, such as location, center hours and participating partners will be released when it becomes available.

FEMA aid:

The City of Colorado Springs has requested to be included in the Federal Disaster Declaration for the state of Colorado and has received approval for aid related to emergency response and city infrastructure. It hopes to receive news of potential aid to individuals by the end of the week. If Colorado Springs is incorporated into the Declaration for individual aid the City will work with FEMA to provide information to eligible citizens on how to apply and available resources.

Current Road Closures:

  • Cheyenne Road between Mayhurst Ave. and Hulda Lane
  • Camp Creek Road to Gold Camp Road between the tunnels
  • South Cheyenne Canyon Rd-Closed (significant debris and sediment on the road OUTSIDE of Seven Falls entrance). City Streets will continue to work in the area Wednesday.

City Parks Update

  • Greenway Trail (South of Nevada Ave and Treemont St to Polk St are closed)
  • Sinton Trail- closed
  • North Cheyenne Canyon-closed (including Lower Gold Camp Rd and High Drive)
  • Palmer Park - closed
  • Harlan Wolfe Park- closed
  • Rock Ledge Ranch- open
  • Garden of the Gods – open (Foothills Trail, north of Gateway Rd is closed)

Please follow all closures, barricades and exercise caution on all trails. Varying degrees of damage may exist on the trails and in the parks.

Residents are encouraged to report any visible damage to City parks and urban trails through its mobile application - GoCoSprings. Citizens may submit reports through by clicking on “Customer Service” link or download the mobile application directly from the homepage.

Overview of damage to City infrastructure

The initial assessment for flood-related damage to City Parks' roads, trails, parks and properties is estimated at $4.4 million. This is a preliminary estimate and subject to change as damage assessments continue. 

There is damage to city infrastructure throughout the city which includes, but is not limited to the following.

  • Damage to the following stormwater systems: North/South Douglas Creeks, Camp Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Shooks Run
  • Damage to several bridges along Cheyenne Creek
  • General streets patching required throughout the city
  • General scouring and debris on the channels throughout the city
  • Extensive damage to streets throughout the Cheyenne Canyon area. Repairs are being made to allow limited access. North Cheyenne Canyon Rd. will open Wednesday to residents only.

The information provided above is subject to change and will be updated as more information becomes available.