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Link: Manitou Springs “better prepared” because of flood mitigation projects

Published: July 11, 2014, 11:09 am, by Matt Steiner

An article was published in Thursday’s Gazette looking back at last year’s flash floods in Manitou Springs and forward to ongoing mitigation projects. Here’s a teaser and link to the complete report.

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By Matt Steiner

Standing deep inside Williams Canyon next to concrete walls built to guide floodwaters, boulders, logs and other debris into steel nets and a sediment retention pond, Roger Miller paused briefly and let out a deep sigh when asked if Manitou Springs is safer now than during the summer of 2013.

The Manitou Springs flood recovery manager looked around Wednesday at the immense project, took off his hard hat and rubbed his head.

He sighed again.

“I would say we’re much better prepared to handle the flows that can come,” Miller said, remembering back to three flash floods last year that destroyed homes below Williams Canyon and turned U.S. 24 into a raging, muddy torrent that claimed one life.

“But the event can change that,” he added, hesitating to show too much optimism. “If we get a hundred-year flood, all bets are off.”

Click here to read the entire article and watch two related videos.