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Jul 17, 2014 8:56 PM by Eric Ross

Flood cleanup begins in Green Mountain Falls and Chipita Park

Water rushed over the banks of Fountain creek, flooding nearby streets in Green Mountain Falls and Chipita Park this week.

There were a few showers in the area Thursday, but nothing like residents saw the past couple of days.

The water has receded at Fountain Creek significantly within the last 24 hours, but mud and debris still covers streets in the area.

"I actually live along the creek bed and it rose really fast," April Morgans said. "The water just came up super fast."

Morgans' family and home were safe, but others weren't so lucky.

"We got to scrape out all this mud and may have to replace some sheet rock," another resident said.

According to the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District, major construction and business development projects in Woodland Park are sending massive amounts of water downstream and into the lower elevations.

"The water has nowhere to go," Larry Smalls said. "It runs off faster and when it goes into Fountain Creek in Woodland Park and below, it's a very shallow creek."

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District is looking into adding side retention facilities for water to drain into to prevent this type of flooding again. They are also looking at how they can remove a lot of the debris and excess sediment from the creek.

A flood master plan is in the works, and is expected to be complete next year.

No word yet on how much this project would cost, if approved.

 

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