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Community Invited to Review Ideas for Camp Creek Drainage Improvements
Monday, December 02, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The second in a series of community meetings focused on improvements to the Camp Creek drainage corridor is scheduled for:

Thursday, Dec. 12

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Coronado High School Cafeteria

1590 W. Fillmore St.

Engineers from local engineering firm Wilson & Company and AMEC will present multiple solutions to address the flooding and erosion issues. Meeting participants will be asked to discuss and provide their assessment of the ideas.

Wilson & Company has been hired to head up a project team to study the corridor and work with the community to develop long-term solutions. Additional reviews will take place in late January and in February that will include revisions made based on the December 12th meeting.

Emergency repairs to the drainage channel are planned for completion prior to the 2014 flash flood season. Planning, final design and permitting of large-scale projects is estimated to take approximately 18 months before actual construction of larger projects can begin. 

Camp Creek Drainage Corridor Background

Camp Creek originates in a large watershed severely burned in the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire. The drainage corridor extends through Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, then down the median of 31st Street through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood to a confluence with Fountain Creek near U.S. Highway 24.

Summer 2013 rains produced high water levels, significant erosion and debris deposits in Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Runoff and debris produced by the storms also damaged the lining of the large concrete channel along 31st Street that carries the creek through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. The existing channel lacks the capacity to handle a 100-year flood, and a large number of homes and businesses within the adjacent mapped flood plain are at risk of flooding during a large storm event. The concrete lining in portions of the channel along 31st Street is in poor condition and requires frequent repairs. Both the channel and about half of the bridges that cross it have been identified by the City as needing major repairs or replacement.  

The drainage corridor is not only home to the National Natural Landmark Garden of the Gods, but also Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site - a property on the National Register of Historic Places. As a result, flood protection measures will need to be sensitive to the special characteristics of both City park properties.   

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