Sep 30, 2011 8:36 PM by Andy Koen

Homeowner frustrated by flooding

When it rains, things get expensive for Beverley Stephens. The Stratmoor Hills homeowner had at least two feet of water in her basement earlier this month when record rainfall hit the area.

"The carpet got soaked, all of the furniture in here was soaked," Stephens said.

The repair work is expected to cost between $5,000 and $6,000. She spent a similar sum of money in 2007 following a previous flood.

"I thought it was coming from my roof at first, so I had new gutters put on," she explained. "When I realized that the water was still coming in, I went outside while it was raining so I could see where it was coming from."

It was running downhill from an eroded access road immediately behind her property. The back of Beverley's home on Cambridge Avenue borders Interstate 25 and the water not only floods her yard and basement, but it also washes into her neighbor's yard.

A maintenance crew from the Colorado Department of Transportation inspected the drainage ditch that runs between I-25 and the Cambridge properties on Friday. C-DOT Spokesman Bob Wilson says the water doesn't appear to be coming from the highway. He's also requested that hydrologist inspect the area as well.

The access road runs between the ditch and the properties. Neither Wilson nor representatives from Colorado Springs Utilities and the Stratmoor Hills Water District could say for sure who owns it. Until the easement is repaired, Beverley feels that repairs are pointless.

"I don't think it makes sense fixing it right now because, I mean, it's going to happen again."


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